December 23, (THEWILL) – Real Madrid defeated Athletic Club 2-1 with a Karim Benzema brace in the first seven minutes. Carlo Ancelotti’s side now has an eight-point gap over second-placed Sevilla in the Liga table, with Real Madrid also leading Atletico Madrid by 17 points and Barcelona by 18 points.
Three goals were scored in the first ten minutes, with Benzema opening the scoring after only four minutes. The French forward hammered home a goal of the season contender from just inside the opposition box.
Unai Nunez clumsily put the ball into the path of Benzema three minutes later, and the French striker made no mistake with a low finish into the corner.
After 10 minutes, Oihan Sancet gave Athletic Club a foothold in the game with a directed shot inside the far post that Thibaut Courtois could not reach.
In the second half, Athletic Club increased the tempo of their play, forcing Real Madrid into a number of errors, but the home side was unable to produce an equaliser as the table-toppers extended their lead.