Real Madrid evaded its guest’s ambush at Athletic Bilbao, with a hard 3-goal victory in a meeting between the two teams on Tuesday evening in the Spanish League, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.
The visiting team suffered from a numerical shortage after its player Raul Garcia was sent off in the 13th minute after receiving two consecutive warnings in just five minutes, leaving his team to complete the match with ten players.
Benzema leads Real Madrid to victory over Bilbao
….Real dominated the ball almost completely, and multiple attempts on the Basque goal to result in a goal without Tony Crosse with a strong and accurate shot in the wasted time from the first period.
Contrary to expectations, Bilbao entered the second half strongly and managed to find the way through Thibaut Courtois to score the equalizer from Ander Capa in the 52nd minute.
After just two minutes, Brazilian Vinicius Junio succeeded in scoring a Real, but the referee spoiled his joy by canceling the goal because of being caught in the offside trap.
The Real Madrid pressure continued with the aim of collecting the three points, and indeed Karim Benzema visited the net and made his mark with an elaborate header after a distinct cross from his colleague Danny Carvajal in the 74th minute.
Bilbao almost scored an equalizer, but Thibaut Courtois responded to an investigator goal in the wasted time, so Real Madrid carried out a quick counterattack that resulted in a third goal from the signing of Benzema.
In light of the result, Real Madrid’s score rises to 26th point in third place in the table on goal difference only behind leaders Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid, runners-up.