Benzema Hat-trick Powers Real Madrid

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Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid earned a rare pre-season win, beating Fenerbahce 5-3 in the Audi Cup, but defensive problems continue to dog Zinedine Zidane’s side.

After conceding 12 goals in three games at the International Champions Cup, Madrid lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Tuesday and went into their clash with Fenerbahce needing a morale-boosting clean sheet.

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That went out of the window within six minutes of a game that, while entertaining, covered neither side’s defenders in glory.

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Zidane has two more friendlies to address those rearguard issues before Madrid’s LaLiga opener against Celta Vigo on August 17, and he will hope Benzema can continue his good form against Red Bull Salzburg and Roma.

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