Karim Benzema is back in Real Madrid’s scorers list as he continues his battle for the Pichichi award.
Los Blancos were second-best for most of the first half against Athletic Club at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Athletic Club had a number of early chances, and one in particular should come from Inaki Williams, who had a heavy touch around Thibaut Courtois.
But Real Madrid stayed cool and took their reward by playing thanks to the reliable Benzema took the lead in the 40th minute.
The Frenchman scored his 12th La Liga goal of the season after a somewhat bumpy preparation.
Marco Asensio shot on goal with a very good shot and forced a nice save from Unai Simon from a distance.
Luka Modric tried to follow it and it’s not clear if he was attempting a shot or a pass, but in any case it ended up in the path of Benzema, who started the game.