7 Mar 2011

Real win without Ronaldo

3:10 pm on 7 March 2011

Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil proved Real Madrid can survive without Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga as they put in match-winning performances to help beat Racing Santander.

The Portugal forward missed his first league game of the campaign with a muscle strain, depriving Jose Mourinho of his leading scorer. Ronaldo has netted 27 league goals this season.

French striker Benzema is starting to find his feet in Madrid 18 months after moving from Olympique Lyon and his two goals in the 3-1 victory made it six in his last five games.

Germany midfielder Ozil set up 2 of the goals.

Real trail leaders Barcelona by 7 points.