Benzema nets two as Madrid beat Sociedad

(AP Photo/Paul White)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad 4-1 at home Saturday without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure it remained top of the Spanish league.

Sociedad defender Aritz Elustondo headed in his first goal for the Basque club 36 seconds into the match, but James Rodriguez headed the hosts level in the third minute and Madrid never looked back.

Sergio Ramos scored in the 37th and Benzema made it 3-1 in the 53rd before he struck an exquisite second goal in the 76th.

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