On January 23, the 18th round of La Liga in the 22/23 season continued. At the San Mames Stadium, Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 away and continued to fall behind Barcelona by 3 points. Benzema and Kroos each scored a goal.
In the 10th minute, Berencourt made a 45-degree pass from the right. Paredes shook his head and shot from the front. Courtois flew to save the ball. Six minutes later, after Nico Williams broke through Camavinga through the crotch, he shot vigorously with his left foot in front of the penalty area on the right, and the ball slightly missed the far post. Three minutes later, Nacho made a cross from the right, and Benzema’s push from the middle of the penalty area was blocked from the bottom line.
In the 24th minute, Valverde made a pass from the right, Asensio nodded back and swung the ball back, and Benzema retreated and volleyed with his left foot to score the goal. 1-0, Real Madrid opened the scoring!
In 60 minutes, Benzema made a cross from the right side of the penalty area. Nacho’s two shots from the right side of the penalty area were blocked. Then he fell in the penalty area after a physical confrontation. The referee refused to call a penalty kick. 7 minutes later, Benzema made a direct pass, and Asensio’s right foot shot from a small angle on the right side of the penalty area slipped past the goal. In the 77th minute, Yuri made a volley from the top of the penalty area and was saved by Courtois. Iniaki-Williams made a supplementary shot but was offside first.
In 90 minutes, Ernesto Valverde made a cross from the right, Rodrigo knocked across the right side of the penalty area, and Kroos shot with his right foot inside the arc of the penalty area. 2-0, Real Madrid sealed the victory, two substitute players teamed up to create a goal!
Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): 1-Simon/18-De Marcos (76’15-Lequi), 3-Vivian, 31-Paredes, 17-Yuri /19-Saraga (67’23-Herrera), 6-Vesga (86’22-Raul Garcia)/11-Nico Williams, 8-Sangsett (67′ 12-Gruzeta), 7-Belen Gour (67’10-Munyain)/9-Inyaki-Williams
Real Madrid (4-3-3): 1- Courtois/6-Nacho, 3-Militang, 22-Rudiger, 23-Mendy/15-Valverde, 12-Camavinga , 19-Ceballos (85’8-Kroos)/11-Asensio (73’10-Modric), 9-Benzema, 20-Vinisius (83’21-Rodrigo )