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La Liga: Hazard ends one-year goal drought as Madrid beat Huesca



Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in over a year and his team appear to turn a corner as they beat newly -promoted Huesca 4 – 1 in La Liga on Saturday.
Hazard has had a terrible time with injuries since joining Madrid for 100 million euros ( $ 113 million ) from Chelsea in 2019 but the Belgian will hope his stunning strike from distance at the Alfredo di Stefano can kick – start his career in Spain .
Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde made the win secure before Huesca scored through David Ferreiro , only for Benzema to add his second and Madrid ’ s fourth in injury- time .
Zinedine Zidane ’ s side jump above Real Sociedad to the top of the table to cap an encouraging week , which began with a Clasico win over Barcelona at Camp Nou and finishes with them moving nine points clear of the Catalans, who play away at Alaves later on Saturday.
In between , Madrid came too close for comfort to another damaging defeat in the Champions League but two late goals salvaged a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach that in the end felt like a win.
Huesca , who are yet to win this season , might feel the scoreline was harsh after they squandered early chances .
Madrid will hope the dip that put Zidane under pressure earlier this month is over .
Zidane will have been particularly delighted with Hazard , whose goal was his first for Madrid since he scored against Granada in October last year , and his second overall in La Liga.
Ankle surgery kept Hazard out for the majority of last season and he was not fit for the start of this one , with Madrid only describing his latest setback as a “ muscle injury” .
But he made his first appearance off the bench in the Champions League in midweek and against Huesca marked his first start with a brilliant goal in the first half .
Until then , Huesca had been the better team but Hazard ’ s strike turned the contest in the 40 th minute , when he received the ball on the half – turn and swerved a superb shot into the corner from 30 yards out .
Benzema made it two , chesting down Lucas Vazquez’ s cross at the back post and driving in , before Valverde struck a sweet half – volley into the corner.
Ferreiro gave Huesca brief hope with 16 minutes left but Madrid were never overly troubled and Benzema rounded off the win in injury- time , converting a smart header back from Rodrygo .

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