La Liga: Real Madrid escape with win over last-place Huesca
A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Spain’s top flight…
Real Madrid 3-2 Huesca
To say this has been a season for Real Madrid fans to forget would be a wild understatement. From the fact they trail rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona by two and 12 points, respectively, and were bounced from the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16 by Ajax, the summer transfer window and the new season next August can’t arrive soon enough.
On the bright side, Los Blancos avoided another major embarrassment on Sunday, though coming so perilously close to such a disaster remains quite embarrassing in its own right.
Karim Benzema’s 89th-minute winner (WATCH HERE) was exactly what Madrid needed to knock back 20th-place Huesca, a side headed directly for relegation with 22 points from 29 games.
Madrid fell behind before three minutes had been played, but Isco righted the ship in the 25th minute. Dani Ceballos put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead in the 62nd, but the advantage lasted just 12 minute before Xabier Etxeita made it 2-2 in the 74th. Benzema’s late strike was the only thing that could separate the two sides.
It’s a far cry from the displays of domination put forth by Spain’s undisputed two best teams on Saturday — Barcelona winning the Catalan derby 2-0 over Espanyol, and Atleti hammering fifth-place Alaves 4-0.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Sevilla 0-1 Valencia
Levante 2-2 Eibar
Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Betis
Real Valladolid 1-1 Real Sociedad