0827 GMT November 24, 2020
Madrid's poor start to its latest European campaign continued as it was held to a 2-2 draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany on Tuesday night, goal.com reported.
The Bundesliga outfit found itself 2-0 up before the hour mark thanks to a Marcus Thuram double and seemed on its way to a famous victory before Benzema's acrobatic volley halved the deficit in the 87th minute.
Casemiro then snatched a point for the visitors in stoppage time after turning home a Sergio Ramos header, with Madrid narrowly avoiding a fourth-consecutive European defeat – which would have been a new club record.
Zinedine Zidane's side were visibly rattled as it went in at halftime 1-0 down, and Benzema was seen criticizing someone – reportedly attacking partner Vinicus Jr. – while talking to Mendy in the tunnel.
In footage now doing the rounds on social media, the Frenchman can be heard telling his Madrid colleague, “Brother don’t play to him. On my mother’s life. He is playing against us.”
Reports of a dressing room divide had already been circulating in the wake of Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the weekend, with Isco publicly criticizing Zidane for restricting his playing time at the start of the new season.
“If he has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute of the game. Sometimes even at halftime,” the Spanish midfielder told Movistar. “If he has to put me on, he’ll do it in the 80th minute.”
The Blancos missed their chance to build on their Clasico triumph against Monchengladbach, and now have a real fight on their hands to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
Zidane's men lost their Group B opener at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, and after the draw at Borussia-Park, they are sitting bottom of the group – three points behind the Ukrainian outfit.