Real Madrid hang on for win after Benzema brilliance

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Karim Benzema scored twice on Saturday in an outstanding performance for Real Madrid against Levante, although his side were left hanging on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut.The French striker’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half on a wet afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up.However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.While the manner of their victory was not as convincing as coach Zinedine Zidane might have wished, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Real after they had drawn their previous two games.Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first appearance in La Liga after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start for Real when they go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.Gareth Bale will also be available for that match after suspension kept him out here, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play against PSG because of a European ban.Zidane was also without the injured Luka Modric here. However, as well as Hazard, fellow summer signing Eder Militao came off the bench in the second half and the former Porto defender could start in Paris in place of Ramos.– Barcelona host Valencia – Real would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half.However, the hosts went ahead shortly after that when Dani Carvajal held up a cross from the right for Benzema to bullet home a header from the edge of the six-yard area.The Frenchman struck again in the 31st minute, with James Rodriguez pouncing when Sergio Postigo headed the ball down into his path, and teeing up Benzema to score his fourth of the campaign.Benzema was also involved in the build-up to the third goal five minutes before the interval, which concluded with Vinicius Junior squaring for Casemiro to apply the finish.Levante pulled one back in the 49th minute as Carlos Clerc crossed from the left to the near post where Mayoral — on loan from Real — converted.Benzema then curled a shot against the post, while Vinicius had a goal disallowed for offside and Hazard tested Fernandez, but it was Levante who scored again.This time substitute Melero proved too strong for Carvajal at the far post as he headed in a marvellous cross by Jose Campana, yet Madrid held out.Leaders Atletico Madrid will seek their fourth win in as many La Liga games when they play later at Real Sociedad in the first game at the Basque club’s newly refurbished stadium.Barcelona are also in action at home to Valencia, who this week sacked coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, replacing him with the former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Westport Winery Earns Three Platinum Medals in Best of the Best…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport Winery Just in time for Christmas, Westport Winery learned that three of their wines had earned Platinum medals in Wine Press Northwest’s 2013 Best of the Best Platinum Judging.Bog Berry Blush, a blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry, benefiting the WSU Cranberry Research Station and Museum in Long Beach was one of the big winners. Captain Grays Gewurztraminer made with grapes from Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima AVA brought top honors along with benefiting the Grays Harbor Symphony. The label for this wine was created by Westport watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Boat Shed Red a blend of Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA and Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyards, produced by Westport Winery under the Maritime Wines brand, was the third honoree with a label featuring work by Tokeland artist Wally Mann.This is an invitational event for wines that won gold medals this year in international competitions from wineries in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. From there the wines were evaluated in a blind taste testing at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, Washington in October.Both Bog Berry Blush and Captain Grays Gewurztraminer are available for tasting at the winery. Boat Shed Red has been sold out for several months.In addition to these medals announced in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Wine Press Northwest, the publication includes an article by Andy Perdue, titled More Than A Winery, which includes numerous quotes by Westport’s co-owner Kim Roberts, regarding her family’s strategies in creating what has been voted Best in the Northwest Winery and Wine Destination.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculptures, and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information, call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more