La Liga: Benzema's strike gives Real Madrid Derby victory over Atlético de Madrid

MADRID: Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory in the city derby against Atletico Madrid on Saturday that Real stressed the league title credentials

The French striker kicked a center of compatriot Ferland Mendy to break the deadlock in a tight match in the 56th minute after the coach Zinedine Zidane He had made a double replacement to give his team wider.

Benzema's attack gave Real his first home victory over Atlético in the league since 2012 and increased his lead over Barcelona at the top of the table to six points. Barça can reduce the margin to three if they beat Levante on Sunday.

Atletico is fifth and follows his local rivals for 13 points, while his injury problems deepened when striker Alvaro Morata limped at the beginning of the second half with a possible muscle problem.