Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao: Karim Benzema double sends Real level at top
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Karim Benzema has now scored 13 La Liga goals against Athletic – more than he has against any other team

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao to move level on points at the top of La Liga.

Athletic’s Raul Garcia was sent off early on after two bookings for fouls on Toni Kroos, who put Real ahead with a first-time drive before the break.

Ander Capa equalised for Athletic at the second attempt after he had a shot saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Benzema scored twice to win the game for Real, heading in and then drilling an injury-time second.

That clinching goal came moments after Courtois denied Mikel Vesga an equaliser with a fine save.

Real have now won four games in a row in all competitions as they continue to turn their season around.

Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are all on 26 points at the top of La Liga.

Barcelona, who are nine points behind the trio, host Real Sociedad on Wednesday (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 23Mendy
  • 10Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezBooked at 42minsSubstituted forRodrygoat 75′minutes
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forIscoat 64′minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forAsensioat 64′minutes
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 19Odriozola
  • 22Isco
  • 25Rodrygo
  • 26Altube

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Simón
  • 21CapaSubstituted forLekueat 80′minutes
  • 5ÁlvarezBooked at 80mins
  • 4Martínez
  • 17Berchiche
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 27VencedorSubstituted forVesgaat 66′minutes
  • 18De MarcosSubstituted forMuniainat 80′minutes
  • 22GarcíaBooked at 13mins
  • 12Berenguer RemiroSubstituted forCórdobaat 59′minutes
  • 9WilliamsSubstituted forVillalibreat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Morcillo
  • 3Núñez
  • 6Vesga
  • 8López
  • 10Muniain
  • 11Córdoba
  • 13Ezkieta
  • 15Lekue
  • 16Sancet
  • 19Kodro
  • 20Villalibre
  • 24Balenziaga

Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Íñigo Martínez (Athletic Club) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Unai Simón.

  4. Goal! Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  5. Attempt blocked. Yeray Álvarez (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Attempt saved. Mikel Vesga (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yeray Álvarez.

  7. Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  8. Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Dani García (Athletic Club).

  10. Foul by Rodrygo (Real Madrid).

  11. Dani García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrygo.

  13. Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

  14. Asier Villalibre (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Rodrygo.

  16. Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  17. Attempt blocked. Iñigo Córdoba (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Íñigo Lekue.

  18. Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Luka Modric.

  19. Substitution, Athletic Club. Iker Muniain replaces Óscar De Marcos.

  20. Substitution, Athletic Club. Íñigo Lekue replaces Ander Capa.

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