Real Madrid will end the year eight with an eight-point lead at the top of LaLiga after securing a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening.
The suspension of Casemiro and David Alaba’s absence due to Covid-19 opened the door for Nacho Hernandez and Eduardo Camavinga.
Madrid made a lighting start with four minutes played after Karim Benzema sent a superb first-time finish into the far corner after a neat passing move between Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos.
It was 2-0 three minutes later as Benzema stayed ahead of the defence amidst the offside trap to take a clever pass into the area in his stride to apply a bottom-corner finish.
Bilbao got themselves a lifeline ten minutes on the clock after Oihan Sancet worked an angle and dropped a shoulder outside the area to fire in off the left-hand upright.
Los Blancos were first to take aim with over ten minutes played in the second half, as Toni Kroos closed-in with a shot from a clever area but the German international went over.
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Bilbao remained confident despite trailing and within the latter stages saw Raul Garcia put Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to work through a shot from way out of the area.
This didn’t instilled fear in the table-toppers, who carved out a threat too when Eden Hazard escaped Bilbao’s defensive lines to get a shot away but he was thwarted.
Madrid looked to the bench in the last five minutes and brought on Mariano Diaz for Vinicius whilst sacrificing Hazard for Peter Carmona.
Los Blancos were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief minutes later when Nico Williams burst through the area to go clear only for Courtois to smother from point-blank range.
Madrid enjoyed the better chances in the closing seconds, with Luka Jovic seeing a shot cleared off the line. However, it finished 2-1 to Real Madrid who finished their year on a high