BILBAO. Real Madrid prevails over Athletic Club with a 2-0 win with a goal from K. Benzema (24′) and a goal from T. Kroos (90′).
The match was played at the San Mamés Barria stadium in Bilbao on Sunday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. In front of 49,316 spectators. The referee was José María Sánchez Martínez with the support of Raúl Cabañero Martínez and Juan José López Mir. The 4th official was José Alberto Pardeiro Puente. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold at 7.1 degrees Celsius or 44.74 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 63%.
The overall ball possession was just identical with both teams controlling the ball for 50% of the time.
There was not much difference in terms of ball possession. Athletic Club was in possession of the ball for 50% of the time vs. Real Madrid that controlled the ball for 50% of the time.
Attitude and shots
Athletic Club was putting more pressure with 82 dangerous attacks and 18 shots of which 3 were on target. Still, Real Madrid was able to find the solution to win this match.
Athletic Club shot 18 times, 3 on target, 15 off target. On the opposite side, Real Madrid shot 10 times, 5 on target, 5 off target.
Athletic Club received 3 yellow cards (Yuri Berchiche, Dani Vivian and Ander Herrera). On the other side, Real Madrid received 2 yellow cards (Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Junior).
After playing this contest, Athletic Club will stay with 26 points like Rayo Vallecano to hold in the 8th place. Regarding the opposition, Real Madrid will have 41 points to sit in the 2nd place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Athletic Club will play away with Celta de Vigo on the 29th of January with a 13-7 head to head stats in favor of Athletic Club (8 draws).
Real Madrid will host Real Sociedad on the 29th of January with a 20-4 head to head in favor of Real Madrid (5 draws).
Athletic Club – Formation
Athletic Club started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Ernesto Valverde Tejedor decided to play with the following team: Unai Simón, Óscar de Marcos , Daniel Vivian , Aitor Paredes , Yuri Berchiche , Oier Zarraga , Mikel Vesga , Nico Williams , Oihan Sancet , Álex Berenguer and Iñaki Williams .
The home team had on the bench: Ander Capa, Asier Villalibre, Iker Muniain, Ander Herrera , Dani García, Raúl García, Julen Agirrezabala, Íñigo Lekue , Gorka Guruzeta , Jon Morcillo, Unai Vencedor and Mikel Balenziaga.
Athletic Club made 5 changes: Oier Zarraga for Ander Herrera (67′), Álex Berenguer for Gorka Guruzeta (67′), Oihan Sancet for Iker Muniain (67′), Óscar de Marcos for Iñigo Lekue (76′) and Mikel Vesga for Raúl García (86′).
Best player: Yuri Berchiche
The player that probably impressed the most for Athletic Club was Yuri Berchiche.
His rating iswith 54 passes (85% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 10. He performed 2 crosses.
Real Madrid – Formation
Real Madrid started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
Carlo Ancelotti played with: Thibaut Courtois, Nacho Fernández , Éder Militão , Antonio Rüdiger , Ferland Mendy , Federico Valverde , Eduardo Camavinga , Dani Ceballos , Marco Asensio , Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior .
The following players were sitting on the bench: Andriy Lunin, Álvaro Odriozola, Mariano Díaz, Jesús Vallejo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Luis López and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid made 3 changes: Marco Asensio for Luka Modric (73′), Vinicius Junior for Rodrygo (83′) and Dani Ceballos for Toni Kroos (85′).
Best player: Karim Benzema
As per our analysis, the most impressive player for Real Madrid was Karim Benzema.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 40 passes (92% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 3 duels out of 7.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.