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Real Madrid 3-0 Alavés: Karim Benzema offside for goal

REAL MADRID 3-0 ALAVÉS

Real Madrid 3-0 Alavés: Karim Benzema offside for goal

Real Madrid 3-0 Alavés: Karim Benzema offside for goal

Replays showed that Karim Benzema scored Real Madrid's opener against Alavés despite being offside in the build-up to the goal.

Real Madrid had an errant offside decision to thank for Karim Benzema's opening goal in Sunday's LaLiga victory over Deportivo Alavés at the Bernabéu.

With half an hour played, Benzema dropped deep to exchange passes with Dani Carvajal, before continuing into the box and firing in the right-back's cut-back.

However, television replays showed that the Frenchman was in a marginally illegal position when Carvajal played his initial ball to the striker.

REAL MADRID - DEPORTIVO ALAVÉSBenzema celebrates his goal against Alavés - having benefitted from an incorrect offside decision.

Ex-Barcelona director: "If only they had VAR"

Benzema's goal prompted derision from former Barcelona director Toni Freixa, who tweeted: "The @beINSPORTSes commentator only thinks 'it seems' offside."

In a nod to the Video Assistant Referee system most recently trialled by FIFA in Spain's friendly against France on Tuesday, Freixa also quipped: "Ay, if only they had VAR".

Real protect LaLiga top spot with win

Isco and Nacho added second-half goals for Real as Zinedine Zidane's men beat Alavés 3-0 to provisionally move five points clear of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga.

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