Benzema’s brace helps Madrid edge Bilbao 2-1 to move 8 points clear at the top of La Liga

Benzema’s brace helps Real Madrid edge Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga before the winter break.

Benzema’s brace helps Real Madrid edge Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga before the winter break on Wednesday evening.

In the span of seven minutes, Benzema scored two goals to put Real Madrid 2-0 ahead and reach 20 goals for the season in 23 appearances.

Three minutes later, Oihan Sancet scored a superb goal from the edge of the area.

In the second half, Nico Williams had the finest chance to equalize, but Thibaut Courtois saved it.

Eder Militao also denied Inaki Williams a goal as the forward tried to explode into the penalty area.

Real should have extended their lead late on but Julen Agirrezabala saved attempts from both Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos.

With a game in hand over Sevilla, Carlo Ancelotti’s team go into the Christmas break on top of the table.

They have only lost twice in 25 games this season, most recently to Espanyol on October 3.

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