September 1, 2018 / 9:06 PM / in 2 months

Soccer-Real Madrid extend perfect start by thrashing Leganes

MADRID, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Real Madrid continued their flying start to the La Liga season by easily beating neighbours Leganes 4-1 helped by a Karim Benzema double on Saturday to make it three wins out of three.

Gareth Bale scored for the third game running to give the hosts the lead in the 17th minute but Leganes pulled level with a penalty as Real debutant Thibaut Courtois was powerless to stop Guido Carillo’s spot kick in the 24th.

Benzema headed Real back in front shortly after the interval although the goal was only given after the referee consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) to determine whether the French striker had committed a foul.

Benzema then struck his fourth goal in two league games from a delightful backheel by newly-crowned UEFA Player of the year Luka Modric before captain Sergio Ramos completed the rout by scoring with a penalty for the second game in a row.

Real lead the standings with nine points and 10 goals, although champions Barcelona can match that perfect start when they host top flight debutants Huesca on Sunday. (Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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