Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid: Los Blancos take five-point lead
La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 18/03/2017
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.