Deportivo Alaves News
Benzema missed one penalty but scored two as Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 to get back to winning ways ahead of Wednesday's crunch meeting with Chelsea.
But the result flattered Madrid, who struggled to break down Alaves until Asensio unleashed from distance at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the disgruntled fans had whistled with the score goalless at half-time.
He received treatment on the ground for several minutes and a stretcher was brought out, although the Argentinian was able to walk off the pitch.
A superb second-half strike from Memphis Depay was quickly cancelled out by an equally impressive run and finish from Alaves' Luis Rioja.
Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, just ahead of Barcelona, before the rest of the round this weekend.
LaLiga: Atletico Madrid fail to go on top of league after being stunned by last-placed Deportivo Alaves
Victor Laguardia scored with a header off a corner four minutes into the match, giving Alaves their first points of the season and preventing Atletico from regaining the league lead.
Depay found the net with a fine left-foot half-volley 15 minutes from time in the Basque Country for his first goal in LaLiga since moving to Barcelona from Lyon.
Karim Benzema kept his scoring boots on from last season to bag a brace in win over Deportivo Alaves to get their LaLiga campaign underway.
LaLiga: Deportivo Alaves skipper Manu Garcia says his club is 'privileged' to stay in top-flight during centenary celebrations
Alaves, who were founded on 23 January 1921, have not had much success over the years having spent most of the seasons outside the top-flight. Their most memorable achievement to date remains reaching the UEFA Cup final in 2000-01, where they narrowly lost to eventual champions Liverpool 5-4 after extra time.
Barca, who are third and 11 points behind the leaders, face Alaves at home later on Saturday before Real Madrid host Valencia on Sunday.
Machín takes over following a season in which the Basque Country club finished 16th in the first division of the Spanish league, three points above the relegation zone.
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Coronavirus pandemic: LaLiga side Deportivo Alaves confirm 15 positive COVID-19 cases at club, including three first-team players
There have been 15 positive cases, three of which are from the Deportivo Alaves first-team squad and seven members of the coaching team, said a statement issued by the club
LaLiga: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann find the target as Barcelona end year top of the league
Lionel Messi closed the year with a total of 50 goals for club and country for the sixth straight time, helping Barcelona stay top of the league entering the holiday break.
LaLiga: Real Madrid battle past Alaves to top league standings with hard-fought victory; Real Sociedad clinch thumping win
Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal scored second-half goals as Real Madrid beat its tough Basque Country opponent 2-1 to take the league lead from Barcelona, who visit fifth-placed Atlético Madrid on Sunday.
LaLiga: Portu brace guides Real Sociedad to 2-1 win at Granada to pull level with Barcelona, Real Madrid
Real Sociedad's fourth victory in seven away matches moved them into third place, behind the league's two traditional powerhouses on goal difference.
Athletic Bilbao is in 18th place of the 20-team league and level on points with Villarreal, which is the last team in safety.
LaLiga: Deportivo Alaves miss out on opportunity to climb atop standings after defeat to struggling Leganes
Deportivo Alaves could have leapfrogged Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid with victory, but instead remain fourth in the Spanish top flight, three points clear of sixth-placed Real Madrid.
LaLiga: Tiny Deportivo Alaves climb atop Spanish league standings with gritty victory over Celta Vigo
Alaves have 17 points from nine games with Sevilla on 16 and Barcelona on 15 before they face each other on Saturday.
LaLiga: From near bankruptcy to third in standings, the story of Deportivo Alaves, who stunned Real Madrid
Almost 10 years ago, Deportivo Alaves, a tiny club from Vitoria-Gasteiz, were staring at bankruptcy. On Saturday, they ascended to third in LaLiga after stunning Real Madrid.