Karim Benzema celebra un gol en San Mamés


Benzema and Kroos light up Madrid in a tough visit to San Mamés (0-2)

Published:22/01/2023 - 22:52h

Updated:22/01/2023 - 23:04h

A great goal from Karim Benzema was enough for Real Madrid to leave San Mamés alive in a closely contested match that, miraculously, did not end in a draw. Athletic brushed the tie on several occasions during the second half

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The Real Madrid has achieved a victory of a lot of merit to clear the ghosts that had pursued him in the last weeks. A goal of Karim Benzema and a magnificent collective work 'aplacaron' to a tireless Saint Mamés. The Athletic Club was of more to less and remained with the feeling that it was inferior to the group of Carlo Ancelotti.

The trainer of Reggiolo rewarded to Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio with the titularity after the big party of both in the Glass of Rey. The two took advantage of the opportunity and were one of the key so that the Madrid imposed his football in front of an Athletic very serious that planted expensive and tested to Thibaut Courtois in several occasions, without success.

The 'lions' wanted to roar from temporano, but before the equator of the first part Karim Benzema took out a golazo to open the marker. Of those that marks every time that visits Saint Mamés, preceded of a big played of the Madrid: Valverde sent a centre to Asensio, but the refuse hunted it the '9' to beat to Unai Simón with a volley inside the area and like this put the 0-1.

After the goal, the Madrid played much more comfortable and without pressures in front of an Athletic that left the feeling, of to whiles, that no him citadel to approach to the rival area. Big part of the 'fault' had it the centre of the field madridista, led by Camavinga, that did not leave options neither loose balls. With Valverde and Dani Ceballos, did not allow that 'extrañara' to Kroos neither Modric.

Gone and turns in Saint Mamés

In the beginning of the second part, went the Athletic the one who began to propose to look for the tie, first with a centre of Nico Williams that cleared Militãor and afterwards went between Mendy and Camavinga those that cleared a new centre of the '11' local to avoid that it found striker. The attacker of 20 years was monopolising the attack of the 'lions', but also was very controlled and remained very 'alone'.

Afterwards it was Unai Simón the one who dressed of hero to save a shot of Nacho Fernández, inside the area, that went direct to potería. The '6' went back to be leading instants afterwards, but in his area: it Appeared of way providencial to put the foot and like this avoid a shot of Berenguer, positioned to nail it in the network of Courtois.

The party began to be an authentic gone and turn that finish, in the 66', with a very clear opportunity for Marco Asensio, that sent the balloon went by centimetres, after a big played between Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde. The answer arrived just afterwards with a shot of Nico Williams, too crossed, that almost cuela in the goal.

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In the last fifteen minutes, the ones of Valverde dumped to the attack to look for the tie and were very near to achieve it in several occasions, with included school intervention: Yuri hunted the balloon in the frontal and sent the balloon inside the area, but touched in a Berenguer that was in position advanced. Courtois Cleared the balloon, but the refuse hunted it Williams that nailed the balloon in the deepest of the network, but the goal did not finish going up to the marker. The Athletic finish in the field of the Madrid, brushing the goal one and again, without success.

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