Karim Benzema and Real Madrid remove the rust and win to keep up the pace in the LaLiga race

Real Madrid secured a 2-0 win at Real Valladolid as Karim Benzema scored two late goals from penalties

 move them within a clear spot of Barcelona atop La Liga on Friday. Ballon d'Or winner Benzema returns to the starting

eleven after missing the Cup sector with France with a thigh injury on the eve of the event. 

 The Royals scored from a penalty at 83' after a handball to Javi Sánchez that Benzema converted from a penalty.

Benzema doubled Madrid's advantage in discount after a help from substitute Eduardo Camavinga.

If Real Madrid want to beat Barcelona for the LaLiga name, they will need Karim Benzema in top form

something we haven't seen so far this season. His performance in Valladolid on Friday was a slow start to put that right. 

This was not the Ballon d'Or in its heyday, far away, but when the final whistle blew it became his two dreams that gave Madrid