Eden Hazard scored his initial goal for Real Madrid in more a year and his group appear to turn a corner as they defeat newly-promoted Huesca 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday.
Hazard has had an awful time with injuries since joining Madrid for 100 million euros ($ 113 million) from Chelsea in 2019 but the Belgian will wish his magnificent strike from range at the Alfredo di Stefano can kick-start his career in Spain.
Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde made the win secure prior to Huesca scored via David Ferreiro, just for Benzema to add his second and Madrid’s 4th in injury-time.
Zinedine Zidane’s side dive above Real Sociedad to the top of the table to cap an encouraging week, which started with a Clasico gain Barcelona at Camp Nou and completed with them relocating 9 points clear of the Catalans, that play away at Alaves later Saturday.
In between, Madrid came also close for comfort to one more damaging defeat in the Champions League yet two late goals salvaged a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach that in the end felt like a win.
Huesca, that are yet to win this period, could feel the scoreline was extreme after they wasted early possibilities.
Madrid will really hope the dip that put Zidane under pressure previously this month mores than.
Zidane will certainly have been particularly pleased with Hazard, whose goal was his initial for Madrid since he scored versus Granada in October in 2015, and his second total in La Liga.
Ankle surgical procedure kept Hazard out for the majority of last season and he was not fit for the begin of this one, with Madrid just describing his most current setback as a “muscle injury”.
Yet he made his first appearance off the bench in the Champions League in midweek and versus Huesca noted his first begin with a dazzling goal in the first half.
Real Madrid 4 – 1 Huesca: Eden Hazard scores his 1st goal in over a year
Till after that, Huesca had actually been the better team but Hazard’s strike transformed the contest in the 40th minute, when he got the sphere on the half-turn and swerved an exceptional shot into the corner from 30 backyards out.
Benzema made it 2, 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 short hope with 16 minutes left however Madrid were never overly bothered and Benzema rounded off the win in injury-time, converting a wise header back from Rodrygo.