MADRID. Real Madrid beats Athletic Club 1-0 after K. Benzema scored just 1 goal (40′). Real Madrid was vastly superior ball possession (62%) was among the key factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid on Wednesday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos who was helped by Rubén Becerril Gómez and Diego Santaursula Aguado. The 4th official was Pablo Morales Moreno. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold around 7.5 degrees Celsius or 45.43 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 80%.
Real Madrid was in firm control of the ball 62% while Athletic Club was struggling with a 38% ball possession.
Athletic Club was more aggressive with 88 dangerous attacks and 15 shots of which 3 were on target. Still, Real Madrid succeeded in find the solution to win this match.
Real Madrid shot 15 times, 6 on target, 9 off target. On the opposite side, Athletic Club shot 15 times, 3 on target, 12 off target.
Real Madrid received 2 yellow cards (L. Modric and Casemiro). On the other side, Athletic Club received 3 yellow cards (O. Zarraga, I. Lekue and I. Williams).
After this match, Real Madrid will have 33 points to stay in the 1st place. On the opposite side, Athletic Club will stay with 20 points like Espanyol and Osasuna to stay in the 8th place.
O. de Marcos
Athletic Club will play away against Getafe on the 6th of December with a 11-7 head to head in favor of Athletic Club (12 draws).
Real Madrid: Formation and Lineups
Real Madrid started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
The manager Carlo Ancelotti chose to play with the following team: Thibaut Courtois , Lucas Vázquez , Éder Militão , David Alaba , Ferland Mendy , Luka Modrić , Casemiro , Toni Kroos , Marco Asensio , Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior .
Real Madrid made 4 changes: M. Asensio for Rodrygo (64′), L. Modric for F. Valverde (70′), T. Kroos for E. Camavinga (80′) and Lucas for N. Fernandez (81′).
Top player: Vinícius Júnior
The player who no doubt impressed Real Madrid the most was Vinícius Júnior even if he didn’t score the decisive goal.
His rating iswith 49 passes (93% accurate) and 5 key passes. He was won 9 duels out of 14. He performed 2 crosses.
Athletic Club: Formation and Lineups
Athletic Club started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
On the opposite side, Marcelino García Toral played with: Unai Simón , Íñigo Lekue , Yeray Álvarez , Unai Núñez , Mikel Balenziaga , Oier Zarraga , Dani García , Unai Vencedor , Iker Muniain , Raúl García and Iñaki Williams .
Athletic Club made 5 changes: I. Lekue for O. de Marcos (46′), U. Vencedor for N. Williams (64′), R. Garcia for O. Sancet (70′), I. Muniain for A. Berenguer (70′) and D. Garcia for M. Vesga (82′).
Best player: Unai Simón
The player that probably impressed the most for Athletic Club was the goalkeeper: Unai Simón. His rating is 7.42. He performed 6 saves.