Three-times European champions Germany shrugged off their opening game loss and announced their arrival as serious contenders at Euro 2020 with an emphatic 4-2 win over highly-rated Portugal in their Group F match.
Benzema has not played for France since October 2015 but is now set to line up alongside World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann at the delayed European Championship.
Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey.
The French forward pulled back his team into contention with two goals and two assists before Catalans beat Granada 5-3 after extra-time to win a riveting cup tie.
Messi headed in from Jordi Alba's cross after his first-half penalty was saved to equal the mark set by the Brazilian great Pele for Santos.
An impressive victory for FC Bareclona reduces the gap back to four points behind Real Madrid, who earlier ground out another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
With Sunday's La Liga Clasico against Real Madrid looming, Barca are also left with concerns over defender Gerard Pique, who limped off with an injury after falling heavily on his ankle.
The victory took Barcelona level on 52 points with Real Madrid, who lead the Spanish league standings on goal difference and host Celta Vigo on Sunday. Getafe stay third on 42.
The Argentinian playmaker's withdrawal will be a major concern for Barca, particularly given this was Messi's first start of the season after just recovering from a niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August.
Lionel Messi came on as a substitute for the last 30 minutes for his first appearance of the season but was unable to spark the visitors' struggling attack, with Dortmund creating the best chances of the game.
"I'll defend the Barca colours with all my determination and commitment. It's our time. This is our path", says Antoine Griezmann whose moving sparked a furious reaction from Atletico Madrid over the amount Barcelona paid for.
Barcelona Vice President Jordi Cardoner, however, denied the Spanish soccer club was in contact with Neymar amid reports the Brazil striker wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
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