Karim Benzema, with a double, has strengthened the leadership of Real Madrid in San Mamés, a match with a 1-2 win for Whites that started fast, with three goals in ten minutes, the third of Oihan Sancet to put the marker that would be final.
An adjusted victory for Madrid that at times put Athletic in question at times, although always within a dynamic of control of the game and of the possession visitor.
Of the goals, the 0-1 and 1-2 were splendid shots from Benzema and Sancet, and the 1-1 that served him Nunez when he was offside to a Benzema who could complete the ‘triplet’ in a pass from Eden Hazard What a short Oscar de Marcos.
With this victory, Madrid expands to eight points their advantage at the head of the table, although with one more game because this match was ahead of matchday 21.
This defeat keeps Athletic in the tenth place of the table and five points of Europe, although threatened by up to three teams that can reach him when they match him to games played.
The shock started fast and lofty. With a doublet from Benzema, which is a guarantee. The first, exquisite, a shot with effect at the far post, impossible for the young man Agirrezabala. A play that Benzema himself started and that continued Vinicius and Kroos.
The second was already more earthy and the product of an unfortunate move by Núñez, which enabled the white ‘9’, who was offside, to beat Agirrezabala for the second time with another crossed shot.
It seemed already case until sentenced a crash that had hardly started, but Sancet emulated the Algerian forward with another shot from the front that was also impossible for Courteous.
The shot of one of those ‘pearls’ that come out of Lezama and in which the rojiblanca fans have high hopes are very hard and highly commendable. Although there were more, like Unai Vencedor, the best of his team until the break, and Oier Zarraga.
Athletic grew after ‘returning’ to the game and generated several dangerous plays. The ones with the most a high shot from Vencedor, after a play with Muniain and Balenziaga, and a cross by De Marcos that did not find a finisher.
Madrid did not do much more in the first half, but they did make another play in which they threatened 1-3 and the ‘hat trick’ of Benzema. But De Marcos cut the pass to the ram of a Hazard who almost had an easier goal shooting than passing.
A high shot of Valverde and a deflected shot from Núñez gave way to rest.
The start of the second half was a monologue of Madrid, who monopolized possession of the ball, still without deepening or seeming with many intentions to finish the plays.
It seems that he was looking more for the time to pass than forcing a 1-3 to be sentenced. Especially for the sensations of an Athletic who was not seen with the physique that on other occasions would help him to go after the rival.
Even so, those of Marcelino were finding isolated actions with which to approach Courtois with a certain danger. The one that had more options was a strong shot to the side of the oldest of the Williams to the side of the net.
Two more shots, from Iñaki and of Raul, and centers From Marcos and of Nico they delved into local intentions that never reached their traditional siege when they are behind on the scoreboard in San Mamés.
Madrid responded, who had remained in possession and a timid shot from Kroos, Y Hazard he was about to sentence. But he was prevented by a great stop by the under-21 international Agirrezabala.
As the following by Courtois was also a great intervention, which ruined a combination between the Williams that the little one touched with subtlety.
Already in the discount, Peter, Jovic y Kroos they ruined chances against the team to score 1-3.
1 – Athletic: Agirrezabala; De Marcos, Yeray, Núñez, Balenziaga (Lekue, m.62); Zarraga (Nico Williams, m.57), Winner, Dani García, Muniain (Serrano, m.84); Sancet (Raúl García, m.62) and Iñaki Williams.
2 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Nacho, Militao, Mendy; Camavinga, Kroos, Valverde; Hazard (Peter Federico, m.86), Benzema (Jovic, m.90) and Vinicius (Mariano, m.85).
Goals: 0-1, m.3: Benzema. 0-2, m.7: Benzema. 1-2, m.10: Sancet.
Referee: César Soto Grado (Riojano Committee). He showed a yellow card to the locals Vencedor (m.43) and Balenziaga (m.61) and to the visitors Vinicius (m.42) and Camavinga (m.62).
VAR arbitrator: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee).
Incidents: Advance match of day 21 of the First Division, played in San Mamés before 42,722 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.