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Real Madrid: Zidane praises Benzema's phenomenal form

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane again lauded Karim Benzema, who starred against Eibar.

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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Eibar v Real Madrid - Ipurua Municipal Stadium, Eibar, Spain - December 20, 2020 Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez celebrates scoring their third goal with Karim Benzema REUTERS/Vincent West
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Karim Benzema is playing "phenomenally" after the French striker helped Los Blancos to a fifth straight win in all competitions.

Benzema scored and provided two assists as Madrid made it five straight wins in all competitions by beating Eibar 3-1 in LaLiga on Sunday.

It was the 30th time the Frenchman has scored and assisted in the same LaLiga game. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (44) has done it more often for Madrid in the 21st century.

Benzema's form was lauded by Zidane as Madrid joined Atletico on 29 points, although Diego Simeone's men have played two fewer games.

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"He is doing phenomenally, but not only at the goal level," he told a news conference.

"It is not just a goal, it is a game. It is clarity in the game and it is very important for our team.

"But then we must highlight also the work of all."

Benzema set up Luka Modric to make it 2-0 before Kike pulled a goal back for Eibar, who felt they should have had a penalty for a handball by Sergio Ramos.

Zidane refused to be drawn on the decision, with Madrid sealing their win through Lucas Vazquez in additional time.

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"The most important thing is that the referee was sure about it," he said.

"I'm not getting involved, as always. The referee is there to make the call and that's it."

Madrid's busy run of fixtures continues with a home clash against Granada on Wednesday.