If England was a bit at a standstill this weekend with only three Premier League matches, several men have distinguished themselves in Germany or Spain, especially the French. Karim Benzema became France’s second highest scorer in history, while Nabil Fekir scored a superb goal for Betis. In the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland again went with his double to save Dortmund – without hiding his discomfort with the Ruhr club.
There is only one left in front of him. More than one to go and get a little more into the legend. Double scorer on Saturday with Real Madrid against Celta Vigo (1-3), Karim Benzema became the second best French scorer in history with 365 goals, 46 goals from the record held by Thierry Henry. He overtakes Roger Courtois, the first major scorer for the France team.
Captain in the absence of Sergio Ramos, “KB9” continues to carry the Merengue at the end of the season, bringing the Madrilenians three points behind rival Atlético, the only leader. “What he did today (Saturday), once again, it’s spectacular. I’m happy, he’s a hard worker, he always wants more”, praised his coach Zinedine Zidane after the match, confessing not to understand his exclusion from the France team.
A “maradonque” goal to give the advantage to Betis, finally winner 2-0 against Levante. Nabil Fekir feasted the eyes of football lovers, Friday March 19, with a rush of nearly 50 meters in the opposing defense concluded with a strike from the right between the legs of poor Fernandez.
Author of three goals this season with his club, the former Lyonnais seems to gradually regain a physical level worthy of the fabulous technical qualities which had notably led him to the France team (25 caps). Not summoned this week by Didier Deschamps for the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against Ukraine (March 24), Kazakhstan (March 28) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 31), Fekir is patient and continues to work. His last call to the Blues dates back to last September. Not that far after all. But the Euro is getting closer and Fekir knows what remains to be done to hope to participate.
He became the eighth goalkeeper in La Liga history to score a goal, just that. In the 95th minute of the match between Sevilla FC and Valladolid, at the end of extra time, the Moroccan goalkeeper infiltrated the opponent’s area to receive a ball at the penalty spot. His strike from the left came to shake the opposing nets to allow the Sevillians to bring back a more than valuable point (1-1) in the race for the first four qualifying places for the next Champions League.
“It’s hard to describe scoring a goal, I didn’t even know how to celebrate it”, he explained after the meeting. “It’s the first of my career. Lopetegui told me to get on and I remembered a game in Valladolid with Girona, where I almost scored. It was amazing. A very good feeling. The attackers are very lucky to experience what it is to score a goal. “