(WATCH) Outrageous Karim Benzema goal puts Real Madrid in front at Athletic Club

Real Madrid have responded positively to Barcelona’s win over Getafe with a 1-0 half time lead at Athletic Club.

Xavi’s league leaders secured a 1-0 victory at home to Getafe to ramp up the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti’s defending champions in Bilbao.

The hosts looked brighter in the early stages, with both Nico and Inaki Williams coming close to a breakthrough, before Los Blancos captain Karim Benzema produced a superb opener on 23 minutes.

Fede Valverde’s lofted cross into the box was kept alive by Marco Asensio and Benzema swivelled to volley home from close range.

Benzema’s ninth La Liga goal of the season has tipped the balance in Real Madrid’s favour as they look for another win on the road at the Estadio San Mames.

Two goals from Benzema secured a 2-1 win for Ancelotti’s side in Bilbao last season and they are unbeaten at the Basque giants in league action since 2015.

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Tags Carlo Ancelotti Fede Valverde Inaki Williams Karim Benzema Nico Williams

1 Comment

  1. Finally Benzema woke up and redeemed himself for that mistake on breakaway with Vini in 10th minute.

    What a difference a goal makes to match dynamics, doesnt it.

    If we bury our chances, we win. Football is simple in that sense.

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