Cristiano Ronaldo gave up on getting a hat trick to give Benzema a late penalty, earning praise from Zinedine Zidane.
Benzema’s poor run in front of goal continued, and he was booed by the fans after scuffing the chance to score the opener.
However, the 30-year-old went on to provide two assists, supplying Ronaldo and Bale. And after the Welshman was fouled in the box, Ronaldo gave Benzema the spot kick, giving up on a third goal.
“I’m happy for Cristiano’s nice gesture with Karim,” Zidane told a post-match news conference, having watched his much-vaunted ‘BBC’ forward line all score in the same match for the first time this season.
“This shows he is a team player. Karim deserved this, to score a goal, as he had played a very good game.”