Casemiro guides leaders Real Madrid C.F. through Athletic Bilbao test
Real Madrid C.F. beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1, thanks to Casemiro and Karim Benzema goals, to go five points up in La Ligafootball Updated: Mar 18, 2017 23:13 IST
Real Madrid C.F. went five points clear a the top of La Liga after coming through a testing game at Athletic Bilbao to win 2-1 thanks to Brazilian midfield lynchpin Casemiro’s strike on Saturday.
Karim Benzema fired Real ahead in the 25th minute with an exquisite first-time finish from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross after Casemiro had begun the move with a clever long ball from the halfway line.
Athletic worked hard to get back into the game and, after Real keeper Keylor Navas produced a brilliant save to deny Inaki Williams, veteran striker Aritz Aduriz headed the home side level from close range in the 65th minute.
GOOOOOL DE CASEMIRO!— cc @BrazilStat (@BS_Video) March 18, 2017
The Brazilian gives Real Madrid the lead away to Bilbao. pic.twitter.com/7pWABpJjGh
Casemiro restored Real’s lead in the 68th, however, by controlling a Ronaldo’s flicked header from a corner and calmly taking his time to tuck the ball into the net from close range thanks to some careless defending.
Real lead on 65 points from second-placed Barcelona, who have also played 27 games and host Valencia on Sunday.