Real Madrid go five points clear at top of La Liga

  • Real Madrid go five points clear at top of La Liga

Real Madrid go five points clear at top of La Liga

Zidane's squad are still chasing two trophies and on Friday they learned that Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich would be their last-eight opponents in the Champions League.

Athletic Bilbao dominated large spells of the match, but were ultimately toothless in the final third.

The result puts Madrid on 65 points, five ahead of Barcelona who host Valencia on Sunday night.

"We want to keep up our great run at home and the fact we're playing Real Madrid makes us even more motivated", Athletic midfielder Benat Etxebarria told reporters. So has he been rushed back to action too quickly?

Questions have been asked of Benzema in recent weeks, with Alvaro Morata considered by many to be Real Madrid's best centre forward, but the French striker was at his best against Athletic Bilbao. The former Lyon man was proving a real thorn for Ernesto Valverde's side as the half-time whistle was meet with a chorus of hisses from the San Mames faithful.

But the lively Williams played a pivotal role in Athletic's equaliser with 25 minutes to play, as his deep cross from the right was headed back to the six-yard box by Raul Garcia, allowing the unmarked Aduriz to nod the ball into the net. Subs: Iraioz, Rico, Susaeta, Munain, Boveda, Saborit, Eslustondo.

Real Madrid have been gotten a new double-decker luxury aircraft with stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Karim Benzema painted on the side. That was easily the best opportunity of the match so far.

"We won at a hard place, we suffered a lot but at the same time with character", the Coach said after the game.

Los Blancos moved to the top of La Liga table last weekend after beating Real Betis 2-1, overtaking Barcelona after the Catalans lost at Deportivo La Coruna.

Karim Benzema and Casemiro scored the goals for Madrid who defeated Bilbao 2 - 1 on Saturday, March 18.

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Ronaldo also contributed to the victor soon after Athletic had clawed their way back into the game, glancing Toni Kroos's corner to the back post where Casemiro was waiting to seal Real's fourth straight win in all competitions.

Ronaldo was surprisingly replaced by Isco 12 minutes from time, but Zinedine Zidane's decision was vindicated as Real held out to take a huge step towards a first La Liga title in five years.