Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points with a brace from Karim Benzema giving them a 2-1 victory over Athletic Club on Wednesday.

The game was Los Blancos’ last before the winter break and they did not let a recent spate of coronavirus cases affect them, signing off for 2021 with a win.

The away side took the lead inside five minutes courtesy of a wonder-strike from Benzema. After neat interplay with Toni Kroos on the edge of the box, he unleashed an incredible first-time finish from an impossible angle.

Moments later, the Frenchman found the net again. The ball broke favourably to Benzema in the box and he made no mistake, although he was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge from goalkeeper Julen Agirrezabala which left him out of action for a while.

The drama kept on coming in the opening stages with Athletic pulling one back in the 10th minute, when Oihan Sancet produced a scintillating effort of his own which clipped the post on its way in.

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