Karim Benzema Hattrick Fires Real Madrid To Within Four Points Of Atletico Madrid

Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick to secure a win for Zinedine Zidane’s men over Athletico Bilbao and take his season tally to 30.

This victory has seen the Spanish giants move to only four points off second-placed Athletico Madrid while Bilbao still sit seventh on the log.

Marcelo’s bursts on the left flank continued to offer great bouts of threat to Bilbao but the seventh-placed side contained it well and had also produced wonderful moments on the break.

Raul Garcia had the game’s first target in the 42nd minute but his header never really gave Madrid’s goalie, Keylor Navas much of a headache.

It was a shambolic first forty-five minutes from both teams not until two minutes after the break when the game was suddenly given the spark it needed.

Karim Benzema rose high to head home an Asensio cross into the back of the net for his 28th of the campaign.

Toni Kroos almost got the second few minutes later but it just deflected wide off the post. Inigo Martinez then took the game by the scruff of the neck but his shot could only go over the Madrid crossbar after the attempt from a distance.

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Bale and Isco soon came off the bench in the 70th minute for Vazquez and Kroos. Madrid fans could easily argue that this change was indirectly responsible for the build-up to the goal that came only few minutes later.

Benzema once again rose highest inside Athletico Bilbao box to head home a Luka Modric corner. Aduriz did get a chance of his own but headed it over the crossbar in the spell that followed.

Two more chances fell to Williams and Gareth Bale. Navas kept out the former’s header before Bale missed a sitter from a very good position.

Real weren’t done yet and confirmed that through the boots of Karim Benzema. The Frenchman lifted the ball over Herrerin after the Bilbao goalie had vacated the goal.

Real Madrid 3-0 Athletico Bilbao it ended.

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