MADRID: Eden Hazard scored one goal and scored for another goal as Real Madrid thrashed Alaves 4-1, thus easing the pressure on his manager Zinedine Zidane who was quarantined due to a COVID-19 positive.
Zidane’s position was first discussed after the defeat to third-division club Alcoyano in the Spanish King’s Cup on Wednesday, but Madrid bounced back in Mendizorozza without a handle, as well as captain Sergio Ramos who was injured in the knee.
Casemiro, Karim Benzema and Hazard netted Madrid three goals ahead before the break.
Alaves tried to bounce back through Joselu’s header but Benzema scored his second goal of the match to ensure victory for Madrid.
It was Madrid’s second win in six games and put them four points behind Atletico Madrid who will face Valencia today.
Zidane tested positive last Friday, and his job was carried out by assistant coach David Bettoni who was seen using the phone in the second half.
Bettoni then released Hazard but the Belgian star has already proved his true performance following a grim start in Spain.
The 28-year-old has just scored three La Liga goals and his first league goal away since joining Real Madrid from Chelsea a year and a half ago.