Karim Benzema is taking no comfort from scoring twice against Barcelona after Real Madrid fell to a 4-3 defeat.
Andres Iniesta opened the scoring but a Benzema brace appeared to have put Los Blancos in front by half-time, only for Lionel Messi to equalise.
Three penalties followed in the second half with Messi scoring two of them – Cristiano Ronaldo netted the other for Madrid – and with Madrid down to 10 men, Barca edged the victory.
“We are disappointed with the result,” Benzema told reporters.
“We scored three goals and had control of the game. When Barcelona don’t have the ball it makes it difficult for them to have a good game.
“Barca always have possession and against a team like that we adapted our game to go forward.
“I scored two goals but they don’t mean anything now. What matters is the result.”
Benzema added that with Barca still to play League leaders Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, Madrid had to make sure they didn’t experience any more slip-ups.
“Every match is a final at this point in the season and we know Atletico play Barca in the final week, so we have to think about ourselves in order to win,” the striker said.
Two of Benzema’s teammates – Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, who was dismissed – were highly criticial of referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco after the final whistle but Benzema declined to get too heavily involved.
“I don’t know if it was a penalty against Sergio Ramos on Neymar but with a red card, it was very difficult to play against 11.
“There were a lot of moments [in the match] and now we’ll try to go out and get a victory against Sevilla.”