Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid: Los Blancos take five-point lead

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It is now panning out well for Real Madrid at the summit of the La Liga table as they have now increased their lead at the summit to five points following the 2-1 win recorded away against Atletic Bilbao.

Karim Benzema's 25th-minute effort saw the away side take a one-goal lead into the interval.

Bilbao were level in the 65th minute through Aritz Aduriz, but Real Madrid regained the lead three minutes later courtesy of a close-range finish from Casemiro, and that proved to be the winning goal at San Mames.

For the game's curtain raiser, Casemiro spotted Cristiano Ronaldo losing his marker and sent in a sublime pass on the 25-minute mark.

The forward controlled it beautifully with his heel before assisting Benzema in a precise, controlled move.

The Frenchman had been a handful for the Basque defence so far and rounded this superb performance off by firing in the opening goal.


Athletic’s joy was short-lived though, as the Whites were back in front inside three minutes. Kroos sent in a corner, Cristiano flicked it on to the back post, where Casemiro was waiting to bring the ball down with a nice touch and finish calmly to get the goal his fine performance merited.

Madrid could have stretched their advantage further when a sensational exchange between Marcelo and Benzema saw the ball at the feet of the Brazilian left-back in a great position, but he shot over the bar.

From there on in, the league-leaders remained solid at the back to maintain their advantage intact and take all three points.
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