Benzema and Kroos lead Real to victory at Bilbao

Benzema and Kroos lead Real to victory at Bilbao

Mon Jan 23, 2023 08:00 AM Last update on: Mon Jan 23, 2023 08:00 AM

Real Madrids German midfielder Toni Kroos (L) celebrates with Real Madrids French forward Karim Benzema after scoring his teams second goal during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at the San Mames on January 22, 2023. Photo: AFP

Real Madrids German midfielder Toni Kroos (L) celebrates with Real Madrids French forward Karim Benzema after scoring his teams second goal during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at the San Mames on January 22, 2023. Photo: AFP

Champions Real Madrid earned a 2-0 win in a feisty LaLiga encounter at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday to ensure they stayed in the hunt for the LaLiga title with leaders Barcelona.

Barca moved to 44 points in the standings after their 1-0 win over Getafe earlier on Sunday. They are three points ahead of Real and six points in front of third-placed Real Sociedad. Bilbao are eighth with 26 points.

Real Madrid, beaten by Villarreal in their last league outing, secured the points thanks to a first-half goal from Karim Benzema and a strike from Toni Kroos in added time.

After a frantic come-from-behind 3-2 win in the Copa del Rey in midweek, coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to rest veterans Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and give an opportunity to midfielder Dani Ceballos, who was instrumental in his teams triumph.

Alongside youngster Eduardo Camavinga, who also played a superb match, Ceballos started the play that ended with Benzemas brilliant finish.

In the 23rd minute, he passed to Federico Valverde in the right channel, who crossed to Marco Asensio whose towering header fell into Benzemas path and the Frenchman quickly fired a left-footed volley into the left corner.

Athletics winger Nico Williams created all kinds of trouble for Reals defence, but they stood firm, earning their second clean sheet in their last eight league matches.

Today it was evident that our team were back at defending well, Ancelotti told DAZN.

We were solid and compact like we used to be and its important for us to keep that same mentality and attitude going forward.

Ceballos played very well throughout the game, showed personality with the ball, well positioned without the ball.

He hasnt played much but its a moment of the season that we need everyone to show up like he is doing.

Asensio, Vinicius Jr and Valverde missed good chances to extend Reals lead in the second half.

Williams wasted a golden opportunity to equalise in the 69th minute when a series of mistakes by Reals defence gifted him the ball inside the box, but he missed the target with a poorly executed shot in front of an empty goal.

His brother, Inaki Williams, had a goal ruled out a few minutes later for an offside in the build-up that left Athletics players and staff seething.

After Athletic and Real Madrid both squandered numerous chances to score, the visitors extended their lead in the 91st minute when Rodrygo found substitute Kroos who slotted in a powerful low strike from the edge of the box just inside the left post.

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