Real Madrid grabbed the top of the league by defeating Huesca in a match dominated by Zinedine Zidane’s men and snatched their three points against the promoted team from the second division.
Hazard participated for the first time after an absence of two and a half months, since facing Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League final.
Sergio Ramos led the royal squad in his 500th game in the Spanish league with the white jersey to become the tenth player in history to reach this number.
Huesca began the game boldly and tried to pressure Real Madrid and threaten Thibaut Courtois, and in return stood steadfast in the face of weak attempts by coach Zinedine Zidane’s men.
The risk remained zero in the first 20 minutes until Rafa Mir scored a goal for the guests, but the assistant referee’s flag canceled it for offside.
Real Madrid, who found a solid defense for the guests and resorted to crosses, responded with a powerful header for Ramos, whose goalkeeper Andres Fernandez shone in a clearance in the 25th minute.
Real Madrid remained in possession of defending referee Luisca before Hazard decided to make the difference in the 40th minute.
The Belgian star moved to the depth and received the ball, then turned towards the goal and shot with his left foot to the right of the goalkeeper, scoring a beautiful goal, his first in the current season and the second overall in his career with Real Madrid.
The league title holders managed to boost their lead seconds before the end of the half after Lucas Vazquez passed the ball into the penalty area to be received by Karim Benzema and fired from a difficult angle into the net.
Real Madrid retreated to the center of their stadium in the second half, hoping for Huesca to rush to the attack, and after a counterattack, Benzema passed the ball to Federico Valverde, who received it inside the penalty area without the opponent’s oversight and shot in the far corner, scoring the third goal in the 53rd minute.
With Zidane’s men achieving what was required in the match and under comfortable precedence, the latter made 3 substitutions by directing Hazard, Valverde and Marco Asensio, and took part instead of them Rodrigo, Vinicius and Isco in the 60th minute.
Ferlan Mendy took part instead of Vazquez in the 52nd minute.
Real Madrid extended its dominance at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in front of the opponent’s surrender and tried to increase the yield and Zidane made his last substitution by inserting Toni Kroos instead of Casemiro.
Huesca scored a face-saving goal in the 74th minute with David Ferreros foot, who fired the ball into the net after a cross pass from Rafa Mir.
Benzema refused to visit the visitors’ net again in the 90th minute to score the fourth goal with a header after a cross pass from Marcelo followed by Rodrigo with his head before the Frenchman hit the ball past Huesca.
Real Madrid took that victory to the top of the league after raising its tally to 16 points, while Huesca remained in the 18th place with a score of 5 points.
Real Madrid is preparing for a strong confrontation against its guest, Inter Milan, on Tuesday in the third round of the group stage of the Champions League, and after 5 days, it will visit Valencia in the league.