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Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao: Karim Benzema nets twice

Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao: Karim Benzema scores brace after Toni Kroos’ superb opener to send hosts level on points with LaLiga leaders Real Sociedad

Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao Karim Benzema nets twice www.theafricanstand.com

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao to move level on points at the top of La Liga.

Athletic’s Raul Garcia was sent off early on after two bookings for fouls on Toni Kroos, who put Real ahead with a first-time drive before the break.

Ander Capa equalised for Athletic at the second attempt after he had a shot saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Benzema scored twice to win the game for Real, heading in and then drilling an injury-time second.

That clinching goal came moments after Courtois denied Mikel Vesga an equaliser with a fine save.

Real have now won four games in a row in all competitions as they continue to turn their season around.

Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid are all on 26 points at the top of La Liga.

Barcelona, who are nine points behind the trio, host Real Sociedad on Wednesday (20:00 GMT).

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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