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Summary

  1. Bale starts from the bench
  2. Zidane makes three changes to Real's XI
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Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao

    A so-so display from Real but an emphatic scoreline.

    The day belongs to Karim Benzema, who surely will be a player Zinedine Zidane will hang on to.

  2. Stattage

    Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Karim Benzema has now scored Real's last eight goals all in La Liga.

    The last player to score six consecutive goals for Real in all competitions was Fernando Morientes in 1999 (two in La Liga, four in Copa del Rey).

  3. FULL-TIME

    Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao

    It didn't feel like a 3-0, but it was.

    Real are back to being four points behind second-placed Atletico.

  4. GOAL - Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Karim Benzema (hat-trick)

    A great day for the French striker without him having to really breaking sweat.

    A long Real ball is met by Iago Herrerin's head, who for some reason elected to rush out of his area.

    Bale picks up the loose ball and lays a pass to Karim Benzema who dinks a shot from 20 yards over the head of the keeper and into the empty net.

    Job done.

  5. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Oh Gareth!

    A pitching wedge finish from Bale lands on the top netting with keeper Iago Herrerin beaten.

  6. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Keylor Navas makes a superb point-blank save to prevent Inaki Williams' header from reducing the deficit.

    Mini-panic over for Real.

  7. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Brahim Diaz leaves his Inigo Lekue trailing with a lovely feint before firing a low angled shot which Iago Herrerin saves with his feet.

  8. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Brahim Diaz comes on for Marco Asensio - meanwhile Keylor Navas gets a yellow for time wasting, I think.

  9. Vallejo comes to the rescue again

    Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Defender Jesus Vallejo makes a crucial toepoke to deny Inaki Williams a shot on goal.

    Moments later, sub Aduriz heads over from a cross from the right. The ball perhaps came to him too quickly.

  10. GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Karim Benzema

    Another header, another goal.

    Karim "Benzy" Benzema is definitely the new Crouchy scoring with another header, from a corner from the right.

    This is pretty much all over.

    Karim Benzema
  11. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Whoop! Whoop! A shot on goal from Athletic Club.

    It's Raul Garcia who has a go from 20 yards but the effort is saved down low by Keylor Navas, who had to be woken from his slumber.

    I sense a goal coming...

  12. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Jesus Vallejo makes another important interception to prevent the ball getting through to Inaki Williams in the area.

    Moments later the Athletic forward makes space for himself in the area but appears to try to pass instead of shoot.

  13. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    One player who has done a great job but gone relatively unnoticed is defender Jesus Vallejo.

    Meanwhile, Toni Kroos goes into the book and is replaced by Isco while Gareth Bale comes on for Lucas Vazquez.

    Out to prove a point Gaz?

  14. Super Sancho

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    Sancho scores as Dortmund win 4-0 at Freiburg to once again close the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to one point.

  15. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Marco Asensio does that pirouette thing on the ball before Marcelo is clean tackled.

    It's all come off the boil again inside the Bernabeu.

  16. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic Club still have a lot play for with a Europa League spot up for grabs - however, they seem to have lost their edge in attack.

    Meanwhile, Real have a corner. Gareth Bale is warming up.

  17. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Karim Benzema is inches away from scoring his and his team's second with a shot that is dragged past the far post.

  18. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Inigo Martinez brings down Luka Modric and becomes the fourth Athletic booking.

  19. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic Club's Benat has a pop from 25 yards but it lands on the Gran Via.