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Real Madrid - Athletic Club
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FULL TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Club
Can Athletic Club create one last opportunity to equalise and snatch a point? It's somewhat remarkable that they haven't been able to find the back of the net tonight.
There will be three minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
This fixture will be followed by a very challenging Champions League fixture against Inter at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have had mixed fortunes in the competition this term.
After this, Real Madrid face a tricky test against the other big team of the Basque country. Indeed, Ancelotti will take his players to the Anoeta to take on Real Sociedad this weekend.
Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the game right now. The Belgian endured a difficult start to life at Real Madrid, but has flourished into the player he is today.
Another block! This time it's Vesga with the glorious opportunity find the back of the net for the away side with a header inside the box, but Militao makes the block with his face!
While Militao and Nacho have performed to a decent level at the back this season, there is still a sense that Real Madrid could use a commanding central defender in the next window.
- OffLucas VázquezReal Madrid
- OnNachoReal Madrid
And Nacho is also introduced off the bench for the home side.
- OffToni KroosReal Madrid
- OnEduardo CamavingaReal Madrid
Here comes Camavinga to give Real Madrid some fresh legs in the centre of the pitch.
- Yellow cardIñaki WilliamsAthletic Club
And Williams also gets a yellow card from the referee.
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
Casemiro picks up a yellow card. That had been in the pipeline.
Of course, Real Madrid have only just returned to the Santiago Bernabeu due to the redevelopment of the famous old stadium. They played home matches at Valdebebas last season.
Ancelotti has predominantly used Alaba as a central defender, but the Austrian can be deployed on the left side of the defence and is even capable of playing in midfield. So useful.
Sancet is stopped! That would have been a sensational way for Athletic Club to equalise with Sancet dribbling through the Real Madrid defence, but his shot is saved by Courtois!
PICTURE: Benzema's goal is the difference!
Alaba has been one of the signings of the season in La Liga. Indeed, the Austrian has quickly become a key figure for Real Madrid since his move from Bayern Munich.
- OffLuka ModricReal Madrid
- OnFederico ValverdeReal Madrid
Ancelotti introduces Valverde to provide some energy in the middle.
- OffRaúl GarcíaAthletic Club
- OnOihan SancetAthletic Club
Sancet is also on for Athletic Club. Can he make a difference?
- OffIker MuniainAthletic Club
- OnÁlex BerenguerAthletic Club
Berenguer is on off the bench for the away side.
Bounces just wide! Muniain's freekick delivery into the middle was a dangerous one and it very nearly ended up in the far corner of the net! Everyone missed it and it bounced wide!
- Yellow cardLuka ModricReal Madrid
Modric is booked for a clear foul on Williams to stop him on the break.
After a good period by Athletic Club, Real Madrid are now controlling possession as they look to calm things down. Vinicius has a shot on goal, but it's deflected wide of the target.
- OffMarco AsensioReal Madrid
- OnRodrygoReal Madrid
Real Madrid also shake things up with Rodrygo on for Asensio
- OffUnai VencedorAthletic Club
- OnNico WilliamsAthletic Club
A second change for the away side with Nico Williams on.
Benzema and Vinicius have struck up a real partnership this season, which is rather remarkable given how the former was caught telling teammates not to pass to the latter last season.
Vinicius has scored nine goals in 14 La Liga games this season, one more than in his previous 82 league games for Real Madrid. This illustrates the form he has been in recently!
What a block! Vazquez saves a certain goal with a block on the slide! How haven't Athletic Club scored this evening? They have had so many chances! Muniain missed that one.
Williams has found himself in a dangerous position a number of times in this match, but the Spanish international has been very wasteful. He just doesn't have the killer instinct!
Wasted chance! The pass was played in behind for Williams, but he didn't trust himself to get into the box. Instead, he played the pass and that was the wrong decision as it was cut out!
A Kroos curler! A wonderful flick by Modric set up Kroos for the shot on the edge of the opposition box, but the German midfielder's curling effort flashed wide of the post!
Indeed, Vinicius was previously maligned for being a bit of a show pony, but the Brazilian is now a hardened difference maker. See how he came up with a late winner against Sevilla.
Vinicius has been in exceptional form recently. The Brazilian has been a completely different player for Real Madrid this season. Ancelotti has got him to take fewer touches of the ball.
Benzema has the most goals (12) and the most assists (seven) in La Liga this season. He has been in sensational form for Real Madrid this season. What a player he is!
Real Madrid have been in good goal-scoring form of late. Indeed, they have found the back of the net at least twice in each of their last four matches in La Liga. Devastating form.
PICTURE: Los Blancos have the advantage.
Shot dragged wide! Zarraga gets the shot away from the edge of the opposition box, but it was always drifting wide of the target. Athletic Club have started the second half on the front foot.
- OffIñigo LekueAthletic Club
- OnÓscar De MarcosAthletic Club
De Marcos has been introduced off the bench for the start of the second half.
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The second half is under way! Real Madrid have a 1-0 lead over Athletic Club in this La Liga fixture!
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Club: Benzema's goal is the difference between the two teams although Athletic Club have had some good chances of their own!
There will be one minute of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
Vazquez over! The freekick is partially cleared to the edge of the box, Vazquez controls it, but fires over the bar when he might have been able to test Simon from that range!
- Yellow cardIñigo LekueAthletic Club
That's a bad tackle by Lekue on Vinicius and he's lucky. That could have been a red.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 (40 mins - Karim Benzema) Athletic Club 0. The breakthrough is made and Benzema finds the back of the net! Asensio had a shot saved by Asensio, Modric fired the rebound back towards goal, it landed at the feet of Benzema and the Frenchman finished into the empty net!
KROOS... saved! What an effort that was from Kroos! The ball dropped for the German midfielder at the edge of the box, but his first-time strike was saved at the second attempt by Simon!
Another action shot!
Sevilla learned the hard way at the weekend what happens when you don't take your chances at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid bounced back from 1-0 down to win.
Marcelino will surely be relatively pleased with how his team have played in this first half so far, but Athletic Club might regret not taking one of the chances they have created.
What’s more, Real Madrid are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 matches against Athletic Club in all competitions. This is a one-sided rivalry between the capital side and the Basque club.
- Yellow cardOier ZarragaAthletic Club
Zarraga is shown the first yellow card of the match by the referee.
The omens are good for Real Madrid ahead of this evening’s match. They are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in La Liga. The Santiago Bernabeu is a bit of a fortress for them.
Benzema fires one off! The space opened up for Benzema 20 yards out from goal, but the Real Madrid striker cut across the ball and sliced his effort wide of the target!
How didn't he score?! My word, what a chance for Athletic Club to find the back of the net! The freekick was right on Garcia's head, but his effort was saved by Courtois from about three yards out!
Asensio takes aim! This time Asensio takes on the shot from just inside the Athletic Club box, but his effort is saved by Simon. That was a decent attempt by the Spaniard.
What a chance! Oh dear! Williams was once again in behind, but he got the ball caught in his feet as he tried to round Courtois and the opportunity for Athletic Club vanishes!
Williams certainly has the ability to trouble the Real Madrid defence this evening. The Athletic Club attacker tends to show up when it matters most in the biggest matches.
WILLIAMS... just wide! What an opportunity for Athletic Club to find the back of the net with Muniain playing Williams in behind, but his strike picks up a deflection off Militao and flashes wide!
It will be interesting to see what Bale does at the end of the season when his contract at Real Madrid comes to an end. Could a return to the Premier League be on the cards?
Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos are both still injured for Real Madrid right now, although it’s unlikely either player would have featured much anyway. They are on the peripheries of the squad.
However, the team spirit Real Madrid demonstrated in the second half couldn’t be denied as Vinicius scored a stunning winner to send Ancelotti’s side four points clear at the top.
PICTURE: No early breathrough!
Courtois got lucky! A long ball over the top caused some confusion in the Real Madrid defence, but Courtois comes off his line to make the stooped header 20 yards out from goal.
There was a sense that Sevilla let Real Madrid off the hook at the weekend. Indeed, Lopetegui’s side dominated much of the game and had the chances to claim three points.
Real Madrid come into this match on the back of a confidence-boosting comeback victory over Sevilla at the weekend. Los Blancos are currently sitting at the top of La Liga.
Benzema is denied again! The Real Madrid striker has another chance inside the six yard box, but he is once again denied by Simon who has already made a couple good saves!
PICTURE: Vinicius is on fire right now!
Vinicius is causing problems down the left. This time the Brazilian bursts to the byline, but he couldn't get a cross into the middle. He is stretching the Athletic Club defence, though.
Modric is already showing his class and quality in the centre of the pitch. He might be into the twilight of his career, but the Croatian is still so important to Real Madrid.
Simon denies Benzema! The cross from Vinicius was a good one, Benzema got on the end of it, but he couldn't quite beat Simon with the improvised finish and the save is made!
Asensio and Vinicius are probing around the edge of the Athletic Club penalty box. The away side already look like a well-drilled team at the back, though. They're holding firm.
Real Madrid are already seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages of this match. Athletic Club have one of the best defensive records in La Liga this season, so they might handle it.
What sort of match will we witness this evening? Real Madrid look to be in good form at the moment, but you can never count out a team with the quality of Athletic Club.
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The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Athletic Club in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way in the Spanish capital. Kick off is coming up shortly.
The two groups of players are in the tunnel at the Santiago Bernabeu which is still being redeveloped.
Not long until kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu. Can Athletic Club stop Real Madrid tonight?
Real Madrid can stretch their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points with a victory over Athletic Club this evening. Ancelotti's team are currently the frontrunners for the title.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Athletic Club cause an upset in the Spanish capital? Tweet me - @grahamruthven!
Vazquez starts! Ancelotti has made one change to the team that beat Sevilla at the weekend and it comes at right back where Vazquez has replaced Carvajal. Other than that, same again.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Courtois, Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Asensio, Vinicius, Benzema. /// Athletic Club - Simon, Lekue, Nunez, Yeray, Balenziaga, Zarraga, Dani Garcia, Vencedor, Muniain, Raul Garcia, Williams.
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