Real Madrid prevail in a narrow 3-1 home victory against Athletic Bilbao

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Technical card:
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde (Isco, min.64), Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez (Rodrygo, min.75) and Vinicius Junior (Marco Asensio, min.63)
Athletic Bilbao: Unai Simon, Ander Capa (Inigo Lekue, min.80), Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berchiche, Oscar De Marcos (Iker Muniain, min.80), Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor (Mikel Vesga, min.66), Raul Garcia, Alex Berenguer (Inigo Cordoba, min.59) and Inaki Williams (Asier Villalibre, min.67)
Stadium: the Alfredo di Stéfano
Goals: Toni Kroos (1-0, min. 45), Ander Capa (1-1, min. 52), Karim Benzema (2-1, min. 74) and Karim Benzema (3-1, min. 90)

On Tuesday, Athletic suffer an away defeat to Madrid at the Alfredo di Stéfano. Real Madrid were looking for a victory after a scoreless draw against Osasuna in their previous match. Athletic Bilbao, on the other hand, were beaten 3-2 in the previous match against Barcelona. After today’s result, Real Madrid are in 2nd place, with 37 points from 19 matches, while Athletic Bilbao sit in 12th, with 21 points from 19.

The first half of the game started favourably for Real Madrid, beginning with Toni Kroos opening the scoring just before half-time

The second half started in favour of Athletic Bilbao, following Ander Capa opening the scoring in minute 52. However, Real Madrid found the back of the net 2-1 with a Karim Benzema goal, 74 minutes in. Later, Real Madrid took the lead with a goal form another goal from Karim Benzema, scoring his second goal in the 90th minute just before the final whistle. The game ended with a 3-1 victory for Real Madrid.

For Real Madrid Marco Asensio, Isco and Rodrygo came on for Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Lucas Vazquez, while Athletic brought on Inigo Cordoba, Mikel Vesga, Asier Villalibre, Inigo Lekue and Iker Muniain to replace Alex Berenguer, Unai Vencedor, Inaki Williams, Ander Capa and Oscar De Marcos.

The referee booked Lucas Vazquez from Madrid. Athletic Bilbao had the worst of it though, with Raul Garcia and Yeray Alvarez seeing yellow, and Raul Garcia (2 yellow cards) then sent off with a red.

Real Madrid will next travel to Alavés, while Athletic Bilbao will face Getafe at home.

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