REAL 3-0 BILBAO: Benzema scores hattrick in Los Blancos win

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 21/04/2019

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored a hattrick in the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday as he powered Los Blancos to another win.

Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw against Athletic Bilbao in the first half of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, the home team close to break the deadlock but they were held by Bilbao.

The visitors were compact at the backline as Los Blanco struggled to find a way through the defence line of Bilbao. The San Mames outfit also came close to get a goal but Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro was on point to intercept the flow of Bilbao game.

The first half ended in a stalemate at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid resumed the second half with more agility in the upfront, it was Marco Asensio that unlock the defence of the visiting team to float a pass to Karim Benzema who easily headed in the first goal from a close range.

Benzema was presented another chance to double Real Madrid lead but the French attacker blasted the effort wide the mark as Real Madrid attackers apply more pressure on Bilbao defence line.

Zinedine Zidane made a substitution as Toni Kross and Lucas Vazquez was replaced by Isco and Gareth Bale respectively.

The host scored the second goal via Benzema who made it 2-0 from a beautiful header in the 76th minute and with six minutes to go, Brahim Diaz, was replaced by Asensio.

Benzema made it 3-0 after he was let alone in the opponent area.