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08:39 IST 23/12/2021
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Ahead of the Christmas break, Los Blancos picked up yet another league victory as they consolidate the top position even more

Two goals from Karim Benzema ensured Real Madrid earned a 2-1 LaLiga win over Athletic Club on Wednesday night at San Mames Barria Stadium.

The two clubs last played each other at the beginning of December with Los Blancos winning the game 1-0 at home.

Benzema struck early, scoring two goals in the first eight minutes of the game and Athletic responded with a goal in the 10th minute but that wasn’t enough to stop Real Madrid from collecting all three points.

  • 20210825 Federico Valverde

    Federico Valverde - 7.40

    Valverde played down the right side of the Los Blancos midfield, linking up play with Eden Hazard and also providing extra cover for the attacking fullback, Lucas Vazquez at right-back. 

    There was a lack of decisiveness from the Uruguayan international that saw Athletic Club win the ball back. Valverde did, however, have a tidy performance and recovered the ball well when he made mistakes

  • Toni Kroos Real Madrid Inter Champions League

    Toni Kroos - 7.47

    Kroos put in a good performance that made him the official Man of the Match on the night.

    The German midfielder was on song registering the most passes, two key passes and one assist which set up the first goal of the game.

    Kroos put on another consistent performance and has helped the Los Blancos tremendously in the build-up of attacking play.

  • Eden Hazard Real Madrid vs Cadiz La Liga 2021-22

    Eden Hazard - 7.54

    Hazard showed a great fight on the pitch as he battled to regain his form that has been hit by multiple injuries.

    There were some encouraging moments from the Belgian forward down the right side of the Real Madrid attack. 

    He did take some time to get into the game but made some good runs that pulled defenders out of position and made some great passes to keep Real Madrid ticking.


    Eduardo Camavinga - 8.11 

    The young French talent had been given the defensive midfielder's role after Casemiro got suspended from the game. 

    Only 19, Camavinga showed maturity to his game by making some well-timed tackles to break down the play and also made the second-most passes in the team with a passing accuracy of 91%.

  • Karim Benzema con vendaje en su mano

    Karim Benzema - 8.33

    Benzema was the major difference between the two clubs at San Mames, scoring two goals six minutes apart.

    The first goal was definitely one for the books with a well taken shot just side the box which curled right past the goalkeeper. 

    The Frenchman is in incredible form at the moment and has 13 league goals to his name going into the Christmas break.