Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Athletic Club. We'll bring you all the action as it happens at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Kick off is at 20:00 GMT.
Liga / Matchday 19
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano / 15.12.2020
Real Madrid end up with the points in the bag, but this was a real test for Zidane and his players. That save from Courtois right at the end was huge. Had that gone in Athletic Club would have taken a point. Instead, Real Madrid broke up the other end and scored a third. They are on a good run at the moment.
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Club
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 3 (90+3 mins - Karim Benzema) Athletic Club 1. Seconds after nearly conceding, Real Madrid wrap things up with a third! Benzema is played through and the French striker makes no mistake with his low shot into the far corner of the Athletic Club net. Very nice finish.
What a chance! That should have been a late, late equaliser! The Real Madrid defence opened up for Vesga, but he couldn't beat Courtois! Massive save from the Belgian goalkeeper there!
There will be three minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
Isco just about through! Rodrygo plays the pass into Isco, but it was too close to the playmaker. Nonetheless, he nearly managed to bundle his way through, but the shot was cleared.
And here comes Muniain as well. We all know he can come up with something.
Óscar De Marcos
Lekue comes on for the final five minutes or so. Can he make a difference for Athletic Club?
Yeray is shown a yellow card. Time is running out for the away side.
PICTURE: Carvajal has had a good game.
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The effort Athletic Club have put into this match has to be admired, but they are just running out of steam. Garcia's foolishness in getting sent off has really cost his teammates.
Zidane makes another change and it's Rodrygo who comes on for the final stages.
That goal had been coming. You just got the sense that one of these Real Madrid crosses was going to create an opportunity and that's exactly what happened. Athletic switched off.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 2 (75 mins - Karim Benzema) Athletic Club 1. Benzemaaaaaaa! Real Madrid have regained the lead! Asensio plays a quick corner kick to Carvajal, the right back plays a good ball into the box and Benzema was on hand to power a header past Simon and into the back of the net!
Across the face of goal! Modric sends a dangerous low ball into the six yard box, but De Marcos puts it out for a corner kick. There was nobody in a white shirt gambling on the delivery.
He started out on the right side, but now Isco is over on the left. It appears Zidane has given him something of a free role to drift and exploit space wherever he can find it.
Asensio has had a bit of a disappointing season so far. He missed the majority of last season through injury, but has struggled to find form even as he has found fitness again.