Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: Final score 5-1, Athletic annihilated by Los Blancos

Denis Doyle

Visiting the Santiago Bernabeu is never fun, and with Karim Benzema in a goalscoring mood Athletic Bilbao were perhaps lucky to only concede five.

Real Madrid hammered Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu to cut the cap between themselves and first-place Barcelona to eight points. It didn't take long for the hosts to grab the lead, with Karim Benzema finishing off a delicious pass from Luka Modric, and a pair of goals around the half hour mark made the rest of the game a formality -- Sergio Ramos pulling off a well executed diving header to knock Mesut Ozil's delivery past Gorka Iraizoz before Benzema completed his brace by cutting back to the edge of the box and unleashing a curling effort for Real Madrid's third.

Although Athletic managed to claw one back before halftime when Ibai Gomez hammed home a cutback from eighteen yards, the day clearly belonged to Madrid and they scored twice more before the match was done, with a Mesut Ozil tap-in followed twenty minutes later by Iraizoz deciding to treat Sami Khedira to a goal to celebrate the midfielder's comeback from injury problems.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.