Real Madrid vs Athletic Club (3-0)

A hat-trick from Karim Benzema saw Real Spanish capital beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in LaLiga on Sunday to reclaim from an unsatisfactory draw at Leganes last day out.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have left seven points behind bitter rivals Atletico Spanish capital in second when they persuade Eibar on Saturday. However, Los Blancos nearly did enough because of Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu in a very match which will not live long within the memory.

Madrid was particularly poor ANd lacking in concepts against an Athletic aspect up for a scuffle throughout a woeful half that did very little to capture the imagination.

But the breakthrough did arrive early within the last half courtesy of the in-form Benzema, and he adscititious two well-taken finishes late on to conclude a reasonably easy to persuade Champions League-chasing Athletic.

A frustratingly aggressive half passed with precious very little excitement, as Athletic’s attackers did not meet up significantly effectively and Spanish capital lacked innovative.

The most likely move at either finish resulted within the solely shot not off course of the first forty-five minutes just before half-time, as Raul Garcia’s header from a corner was straightforwardly plucked from the air by Keylor Navas.

Madrid quickly stepped things up when the break, however, as Benzema rose to fulfill Marco Asensio’s cross with a header that was too powerful for character Herrerin to stay out.

Benzema was taking the sport to Athletic nearly singlehandedly and went shut once more simply before the hour, receiving Lucas Vazquez’s cut-back and swing the first-time effort agonizingly full of the bottom-left corner.

The European found the target thirteen minutes from time, however, pendulous in a very Luka Modric corner to form the foremost of Herrerin’s poor positioning.

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Goals

47′ Real Madrid K. Benzema
76′ Real Madrid K. Benzema
90′ Real Madrid K. Benzema

 

Real Madrid – Athletic Club Lineups

1 Keylor Navas
2 Daniel Carvajal
5 Raphaël Varane
3 Jesús Vallejo
12 Marcelo
10 Luka Modrić
14 Casemiro
8 Toni Kroos
17 Lucas Vázquez
9 Karim Benzema
20 Marco Asensio

 

Athletic Club Lineups

13 Iago Herrerín
15 Íñigo Lekue
5 Yeray Álvarez
4 Iñigo Martínez
12 Yuri Berchiche
6 Mikel San José
7 Beñat Etxebarria
10 Iker Muniain
22 Raúl García
11 Íñigo Córdoba
9 Iñaki Williams

Real Madrid – Athletic Club Match Statistics

Real Madrid

Athletic Club

11 Shots Total 5
4 Shots on goal 3
5 Shots off goal 2
2 Shots blocked 0
10 Shots inside box 3
1 Shots outside box 2
12 Fouls 16
8 Corners 2
2 Offsides 1
3 Saves 1
56% Possession Time 44%
530 Passes Total 403
449 Accurate Passes 323
85% Accurate Passes% 80%

 

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