Karim Benzema celebrates his goal versus Granada, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid claim an onerous win over Granada

Real Madrid have now won six matches on the bounce in all competitions as they won 2-0 versus Granada in their last home game of the year.

Real Madrid defeated Granada by a 2-0 margin on Wednesday evening as they won for the fifth successive La Liga match. Zinedine Zidane’s side grabbed a hard-fought win over the visiting side with two goals in the second half, struck by Casemiro and Karim Benzema.

Los Blancos came into the fixture with a fully fit side, barring the rested Luka Modric but were depleted once again in the first half as Rodrygo had to be taken out with a hamstring injury. Although Eden Hazard was on the bench, Marco Asensio was preferred to come on.

The substitute floated in a sublime cross just prior to the hour mark which Casemiro duly obliged as the Whites kept total control of the match in the second period. Benzema would eventually go on to score his ninth league goal in stoppage time and settle the game.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the clash.

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CASEMIRO COMES UP BIG FOR REAL MADRID

Casemiro, although a defensive midfielder, has scored some very important goals during his time at Real Madrid. The Brazilian international was once again on target against Granada as a beautiful header from him broke the deadlock. Casemiro’s goal against the Europa League side was his fourth in the previous ten matches this season.

Defensively also he looked better than on previous occasions as he made sure that Yan Eteki wasn’t able to penetrate the midfield and lead counter attacks. Diego Martinez’s side is famous for playing out quickly from the back and a solid display from the defensive unit was required to make the difference. Casemiro surely did his bit and impressed.