Karim Benzema scored a first-half brace as Real Madrid beat Athletic Club 2-1 to extend their lead at the top of the LaLiga standings.
The Los Blancos got off to a perfect start when the Frenchman scored after just four minutes, curling in a sensational strike from the corner of the box area.
Real Madrid 1-0 Atheltic Bilbao | Karin Benzema goal pic.twitter.com/ME43uWnkpP
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The goal was a carbon copy of the one he scored in an earlier match;
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He completed his double two minutes later when he got to the end of a nice ball inside the box to steer the ball home, even though he picked a knock in the process.
Less than three minutes later, the hosts pulled one back to set a tense run for the remainder of the match, but they held on to pick maximum points.
The win saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points over second-placed Sevilla, who have a match at hand.