Real Madrid Vs. Lyon: Karim Benzema Making An Impact, But Unlucky Thus Far

Real Madrid should have had a couple of more goals for halftime, but today seems to be a bit of a bad luck day for former Lyon striker and current Real Madrid No. 9, Karim Benzema. He's struck up a great partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo, but he's had all of the chances he's created in some capacity either saved by Hugo Lloris or not converted thanks to pure bad luck.

Benzema had two opportunities near the end of the first half, but somehow, neither ended up turning into goals. In the 41st minute, the Frenchman hit a blinder at the goal, which was absolutely brilliantly saved by Lloris. Just one minute later, it appeared that he had headed in Madrid's second goal on the night, but he was rightfully flagged for offsides.

At this point, Benzema could easily have two goals and two assists. Ronaldo and Marcelo have looked more flashy, but Benzema has had just as much influence on the game. He's having a fantastic game and if he doesn't end this one with a goal or an assist, it will be very unfortunate.

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