HELLO! Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the La Liga fixture between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. We'll bring you all the action as it happens at San Mames. Kick off is at 20:30 GMT.
Liga / Matchday 21
San Mamés / 22.12.2021
FULL TIME: Athletic Club 1-2 Real Madrid
There were to be no more goals after the opening 10 minutes, but what a match! Real Madrid have the points and they have now extended their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points.
LAST CHANCE SALOON!
Time is running out for Athletic Club to grab an equaliser, but it's actually Real Madrid that appear to be closer to scoring the next goal on the counter attack! Is it all over?
There will be three additional minutes played at the end of the match.
Benzema comes off and he gets a standing ovation from the home supporters!
This is intense from Athletic Club! They are camped on the edge of the Real Madrid box, the home fans are pushing their team on... can they find a late equaliser in this one?
Was that the moment for Athletic Club to snatch a point? Nico was played in behind the Real Madrid defence, he toe-poked a finish towards goal, but Courtois came out to make the save!
Mariano is on and Hazard has stayed on. That's a show of faith in the Belgian!
ONE HORSE RACE!
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are both in dips at the moment. Sevilla have shown signs of being able to challenge for the title, but lack consistency. Can anyone keep up with Real Madrid?
END OF YEAR!
This is Real Madrid’s final match of 2021. After this, Ancelotti’s side will have a two-week break before they face Getafe in La Liga in a match at the start of 2022.
This has turned into a bit of a scrap at the San Mames. Real Madrid have the advantage, they have something to protect, but Athletic are fighting for everything!
HAZAAAARD... WHAT A SAVE!
That was a golden chance for Hazard to put this game to bed for Real Madrid, his low strike was a good one, but Agirrezabala makes an incredible save! What a sequence that was!
Chelsea are among those who are reportedly interested in signing Hazard. Would a return to Stamford Bridge get the best out of the Belgian attacker again?
There is speculation that Hazard could be on his way out of Real Madrid either in January or at the end of the season. The transfer just hasn’t worked out.
STRUGGLING FOR FORM!
One player who has yet to show his best form for Real Madrid this season is Hazard who spurned the chance to impress from the start against Cadiz.
So close to being an equaliser! Nico Williams beat his man and got the ball into the box, but Inaki Williams couldn't stretch far enough and the ball flashes across the face of goal!
Asensio has played well on the right side of the Real Madrid attack this season, but so has Rodrygo who is also capable of operating on the left wing.
While Benzema and Vinicius have two of the front three places in the Real Madrid team nailed down such is their recent form, there is a free spot on the right side of the attack.
HAZARD HAS BEEN IN THE THICK OF THE BATTLE!
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Ancelotti is doing a good job of maximising the talent in his Real Madrid squad. Indeed, the Italian has inherited a group of players with more ability than people recognised before the start of the season.