Real Madrid vs.  Athletic Bilbao - Game Report - December 1, 2021

Madrid, Dec 1 (EFE) .- Real Madrid beat Athletic Club (1-0) this Wednesday, a postponed match on Day 9, with a goal from Frenchman Karim Benzema (min.40), confirming its good moment in terms of to results, despite suffering until the end when not being able to sentence the clash, since he chains two months without losing that they consolidate him as the solo leader of La Liga Santander.

‘If something works, don’t touch it,’ Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti continues to think. Rotations are not part of his plan despite playing a game every 70 hours and only introduced one change in the starting lineup: Lucas Vázquez for Dani Carvajal on the right side.

Real Madrid fans were slow to fill the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The cold and rain seemed to take its toll on the defense of the Ancelotti as well, who despite dominating the game with ease, conceded too many chances in seemingly safe situations.

In the first minute of the meeting, the Frenchman Ferland Mendy gave a soft ball to the Belgian Thibaut Courtois who was about to reach an Iñaki Williams, who was the protagonist in all the Madrid errors when fighting all the balls until the end.

Already at m.23, the Brazilian Éder Militao miscalculated on a long ball and touched the ball with his shoulder, leaving Williams dead for the hand-to-hand, but Militao himself recovered well and touched the ball just enough to clear it to corner.

A similar game, a minute later, but this time with a failure by the Austrian David Alaba, who still does not rest despite the slight knee sprain he suffered a week ago against the Sheriff, left the Athletic attacker alone against Courtois, but He stumbled out of control and lost the chance.

The Belgian was once again essential for his people. A great stop down from the Spanish Raúl García saved the 0-1. The clearest of a Basque team that lived off mistakes against a Real Madrid that comfortably dominated the ball, with 71 percent possession in the first half. Benzema warned twice, at m.7 and m.11, but Unai Simón was well placed to clear the shots. And the third did not fail.

A false shot by Croatian Luka Modric, after a shot by Asensio, fell to the French attacker to score at ease at m.40. Somewhat reassuring and that made his fans shout “Ballon d’Or!”, An award in which Argentine Leo Messi won for the seventh time in his career this Monday.

Accusing the physical, Real Madrid suffered in the second half. Dani García first at match time, in an action that Lucas Vázquez saved by ultimately throwing himself to the ground, and nine minutes later a center that Unai Núñez brushed against, put fear in the body for Ancelotti’s men.

As against Sevilla, the locals failed to sentence and Courtois reappeared in a shot by Oihan Sancet in the small area at m.75. And until the end, Real Madrid suffered. 10 minutes later Militao saved an Iñigo Lekue shot almost over the goal line with his face.

With doubts, but a month without losing. Nine victories and only one draw to take to cruising speed in a 2021 final that is establishing Real Madrid as the leader of the League.

. Data sheet:

1 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez (Nacho, m.80), Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric (Valverde, m.70), Kroos (Camavinga, m.80); Marco Asensio (Rodrygo, m.63), Vinicius and Benzema.

0 – Athletic Club: Unai Simón; Lekue (Óscar de Marcos, m.46), Nuñez, Yeray, Balenziaga; Zarraga, Vencedor (Nico Williams, m.63), Dani García, Iker Muniain (Berenguer, m.69); Raúl García (Oihan Sancet, m.69) and Iñaki Williams.

Goals: 1-0, m.40: Benzema.

Referee: Díaz de Mera (Castellano-Manchego Committee) admonished Modric (m.68) and Casemiro (m.78) by Real Madrid. In Athletic, Zarraga (m.30), Lekue (m.43) and Iñaki Williams (m.78).