Spanish La Liga
Ath Bilbao1Real Madrid2

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has now scored five league goals this season

A Karim Benzema double took Real Madrid to the top of La Liga as they beat Athletic Bilbao.

Benzema, who now has five league goals this season, seized on a short backpass from Mikel San Jose for his first.

Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was four minutes away from breaking a 40-year club clean sheet record when Sabin Merino headed an equaliser.

Benzema tapped-in the winner for Real who moved ahead of Barcelona after they lost 4-1 at Celta Vigo.

Coach Rafa Benitez said: "Undoubtedly I'm happy because we won the game and I think the two halves were very clear and defined for us.

"Benzema is a great player, he is a different striker because he moves around the area and he is a very good partner for Cristiano Ronaldo. Our objective is that he scores 20-25 goals and he is going in the right direction, but he will also have to add assists to that."

Ronaldo remains three goals short of breaking Raul's club scoring record after failing to score.

The Portuguese went into the match on 321 goals for Real in all competitions, but he was left frustrated as a battling Athletic made Real work all the way for the points.

Goalkeeper Navas looked certain to set a new record for not letting in a goal for Real, having started the campaign with five consecutive clean sheets domestically and in Europe, until Merino's glanced header

But Benzema's second of the game, getting to Isco's cross just before Ronaldo, came minutes later to frustrate the hosts.

Goal
There were 15 passes in the build up to Karim Benzema's second goal

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz Moreno
  • 10De Marcos AranaBooked at 66mins
  • 16Etxeita Gorritxategi
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga Oruesagasti
  • 6San JoséSubstituted forRico Morenoat 72'minutes
  • 7Etxebarria UrkiagaBooked at 64minsSubstituted forSola Clementeat 84'minutes
  • 14SusaetaSubstituted forGómez Pérezat 78'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 22Garcia EscuderoBooked at 90mins
  • 25Merino Zuloaga
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 9Sola Clemente
  • 11Gómez Pérez
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 17Rico Moreno
  • 18Gurpegi Nausia
  • 30Lekue Martínez

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3PepeBooked at 57mins
  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 8KroosBooked at 78mins
  • 22IscoSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 72'minutes
  • 16KovacicSubstituted forVázquezat 89'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 52mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forCasemiroat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 21Cheryshev
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
43,487

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 2.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Booking

Raúl García (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Mateo Kovacic.

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

Foul by Sabin (Athletic Club).

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by De Marcos with a cross.

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Kike Sola replaces Beñat.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Booking

Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Karim Benzema.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Ibai Gómez replaces Markel Susaeta.

Booking

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sabin.

Attempt saved. Aduriz (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Markel Susaeta.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel Rico replaces San José.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Isco.

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 2. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 1. Sabin (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Markel Susaeta with a cross following a fast break.

Booking

De Marcos (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Attempt missed. Pepe (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by De Marcos.

Booking

Beñat (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54101411313
2Celta Vigo5410146813
3Villarreal5410114713
4Atl Madrid540192712
5Barcelona540196312
6Espanyol5302611-59
7Eibar52217528
8Rayo Vallecano521247-37
9Valencia51312206
10Dep La Coruña41216515
11Real Sociedad51225415
12Las Palmas51225505
13Sporting Gijón512245-15
14Real Betis412126-45
15Ath Bilbao510459-43
16Levante503259-43
17Getafe510438-53
18Granada5104411-73
19Malaga502303-32
20Sevilla502328-62
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