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Benzema Goal All Real Needs To Stay 7-Point Clear Atop La Liga Table

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema

December 02, (THEWILL) – Real Madrid went seven points clear at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Athletic Club from another Karim Benzema’s first-half goal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Wednesday night football.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team came into the encounter as table-toppers, but they took advantage of the opportunity to extend their lead over Atletico Madrid, who were in second place, and Barcelona, who were 13 points behind in seventh place.

Athletic Club had several fantastic chances to grab the lead early on, with Inaki Williams missing two golden chances before Thibaut Courtois saved a close-range header from Raul Garcia.

However, it was Real Madrid who seized the chance to take the lead when Karim Benzema reacted quickest to a Luka Modric mis-hit, deflecting his effort into the back of Unai Simon’s net.

Real Madrid rode their luck on several occasions in the second half, with Lucas Vazquez making a sliding block to deny Iker Muniain from scoring an equaliser.

As Ancelotti sought to see out the win, Eduardo Camavinga, Nacho Fernandez, and Rodrygo were introduced from the bench. And, in the end, Real Madrid did just enough to get over the line.

Yet, Real will consider themselves extremely fortunate to have picked up six points in their past two games. Sevilla had chances to score at the Santiago Bernabeu over the weekend, while Athletic Club did the same in the capital on Wednesday, creating enough chances to score three or four goals.

Real Madrid profited from some good fortune and poor finishing by their opponents, as Garcia, Muniain, and Williams were all wasteful in front of goal and would rue they’re profligacy.