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Benzema proves Real Madrid matchwinner against Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid did just enough to defeat Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night.

Karim Benzema was the hero for Real Madrid as his goal saw Los Blancos beat Athletic Club 1-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The Frenchman's 40th-minute strike means that Real Madrid have opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the LaLiga Santander table, but it was by no means an easy match for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Real Madrid were made to fight throughout the entire game, and the Italian coach's decision to only make one change from the side that started against Sevilla last weekend resulted in several players looking tired at times.

Ancelotti tried to address this by bringing on fresh legs in the form of Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga in the latter stages of the game, and the character that Real Madrid showed is evidence of why they are regarded as favourites for the title.


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