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Kaka and Benzema give Real Madrid 3-0 win over Tenerife

sports Updated: Sep 27, 2009 17:56 IST

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Kaka came off the bench to score with a sublime curling shot and Karim Benzema netted twice in 11 second-half minutes to give Real Madrid a 3-0 home win over promoted Tenerife in La Liga on Saturday.

After a closely-fought first half with few clear chances, France striker Benzema rose early in the second period to nod in Xabi Alonso's cross and then outmuscled defender Manuel Martinez and bent a precise shot into the far corner.

Tenerife had several openings before Brazilian playmaker Kaka, who replaced Esteban Granero at the break, beat goalkeeper Sergio Aragoneses with a stunning late strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Real have a perfect 15 points from five matches, three ahead of champions Barcelona who play at Malaga later on Saturday (1800 GMT).

Sevilla are third, also on 12 points, after they won 4-0 at fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao.

Brazilian Renato put Sevilla ahead in the fifth minute from a free kick, striker Alvaro Negredo doubled the lead 16 minutes later after smart work from winger Diego Capel and Frederic Kanoute netted a third in first-half added time.

Athletic defender Fernando Amorebieta was dismissed for a second yellow card just after the break and winger Jesus Navas wrapped things up with a fourth in the 75th minute.

Atletico Madrid, who have just two points from their first four games, play at Valencia in the late match (2000) with coach Abel Resino under increasing pressure to turn their troubled season around.