Nov 17, 2012 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
Ramos (30'), Özil (56'), Benzema (32'), Khedira (72'), Aurtenetxe (12' og.)
Ramos (75')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Gomez (42')
Aduriz (45'), Iturraspe (48'), Gurpegui (73'), Susaeta (86')

Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao

Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao
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Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid record a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Karim Benzema starred for Real Madrid as they made it seven wins from their last eight league matches with a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu.

They found themselves ahead after 12 minutes when Benzema converted from outside the box and it was quickly two as Sergio Ramos thumped a header home from close range.

Benzema added his second and Madrid's third moments later, but Bilbao did gain a route back into the match just before the break when Ibai Gomez found the bottom corner.

Madrid put the game beyond doubt early in the second period, however, when Mesut Ozil tapped home from close range. Sami Khedira then added a fifth after 72 minutes.

Here, Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action between the two La Liga rivals.

Match statistics:

Real Madrid:
Shots 27
On target 18
Possession 44%
Corners 11
Fouls 14

Athletic Bilbao:
Shots 6
On target 1
Possession 56%
Corners 4
Fouls 19

Was the result fair?

The short answer is yes. Madrid were stunning this evening, it is as simple as that. They started the match with such a quick tempo and deservedly opened up a three-goal lead before being pegged back before the interval. Their performance did not suffer, however, and they added two more goals late on. Bilbao will have no complaints, they just met a very good Madrid side tonight.

Real Madrid's performance

8/10. If Madrid play like this against Manchester City on Wednesday then the Premier League champions will have to go some to take something from the match. Benzema and Ozil were wonderful, while Luka Modric had his best night in a white shirt. They scored five and Cristiano Ronaldo was not among the scorers.

Athletic Bilbao's performance

6/10. Bilbao were not particularly bad this evening, they just met Madrid at the wrong time. They were handed a way back into the match late in the opening period, but never really threatened to pull their way back into it. Bilbao's season will not be shaped on results against the likes of Madrid, especially not when Jose Mourinho's side play like that.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Karim Benzema: The French striker has had his critics this season, but he was stunning tonight and his second goal was of the highest order.

Biggest gaffe of the match

Bilbao should have been awarded a penalty when Fabio Coentrao handled inside the penalty area early in the second period, but the referee waved play on and moments later Madrid were 4-1 ahead. It was poor from the linesman who was in close proximity.

Referee performance

Jose Teixeira had a fairly solid 90 minutes of action this evening. He went unnoticed for large periods of the match, which is always a good sign for a referee. However, he should have awarded Bilbao a penalty in the second period.

What next:

Real Madrid: Madrid face a crucial Champions League clash against Manchester City on Wednesday before returning to league action away to Real Betis next Saturday.

Athletic Bilbao: Bilbao are also in European action this week against Ironi Kiryat Shmona before hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the league next Sunday.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema celebrate on November 17, 2012
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