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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao 2017 live stream

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao 2017 live stream

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro scores the victor as Real Madrid move five points clear at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 success at Athletic Bilbao.

Los Blancos, meanwhile, learnt on Friday morning that they will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The temporary jubilation from the Bilbao fans was nearly restored as Williams continued to try and find his side's second equaliser.

The Portugal forward passed for Karim Benzema to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium in the 25th minute.

Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla must all visit Real down the stretch too but it is an away fixture at Athletic that Zidane is rightly wary of given no team has won there since Ivan Rakitic grabbed Barca's victor seven months ago. Would a stint on the bench be better for his recovery? "That is how it has happened, we can not change it", the Real Madrid boss said before speaking about the special return of current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti. His finish for the opening goal was exquisite, also turning provider for a number of golden opportunities spurned by teammates.

Real Madrid - Navas 7, Carvajal 6, Nacho 6, Ramos 7, Marcelo 5, Modric 5, Casemiro 6, Kroos 5, Bale 5, Benzema 8, Ronaldo 6. Benzema has hit a real vein of form.

Madrid took advantage of Barca's surprise loss against Deportivo La Coruna with a late 2-1 win against Real Betis last weekend to move back above their arch-rivals.

Bilbao were level in the 65th minute, however, when Aduriz nodded home from close range after Raul Garcia had headed a deep Williams cross into the path of his fellow Spaniard. Subs: Casilla, James, Kovacic, Vasquez, Morata, Isco, Danilo.

But Casemiro proved Madrid's unlikely hero just three minutes later, tapping in from close range after being left unmarked at a corner to secure Madrid's 13th win in 15 league meetings with the Basque side. Ronaldo timed his run to escape the offside trap and reach Casemiro's pass, and his low cross from the left was guided into Kepa's bottom-right corner by the Benzema.

"I learned here how great it is to win everything, " Zidane added referencing his playing career.

Ronaldo also contributed to the victor soon after Athletic had clawed their way back into the game, glancing Toni Kroos's corner to the back post where Casemiro was waiting to seal Real's fourth straight win in all competitions.

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