Karim Benzema
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Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in La Liga on Thursday (December 23). Karim Benzema scored a pair of goals in the team’s victory. With this goal, he has surpassed the milestone of 400 goals as a professional player. His goal tally is now 401.

All three goals were scored in the first ten minutes of the match at Bilbao. Benzema put the ball in the net in the fourth minute. He scored the second goal three minutes later. Bilbao’s goal was scored in the tenth minute of the match. Which comes from Sanchet’s feet.

As a result of this victory, Real Madrid has solidified the top position in the points table. They have 48 points from 19 matches, 6 points behind second-placed Sevilla. This victory may be nothing special for Karim Benzema. He is said to have scored 400 goals. In all, he has scored 299 goals in 572 appearances for Real. He also scored 6 goals for Lyon and 36 goals in 94 appearances for France.

Real had a goalless draw with Cadiz in the previous match. They also lost to them last season. On 20 December, the relegation zone team played defensively from the start of the match against Real. Real could not be sharp in the attack. They held the ball for more than 60 percent of the entire match and took 36 shots on goal, of which only 9 were on target. However, most of Real’s shots were not intimidating enough. Cadiz could only take four shots, not one on target.

Despite dominating the ball in the first 15 minutes, Real did not suffer much in the match. In the 23rd minute, goalkeeper Jeremiah Ledesma saved a valve shot from a distance by jumping a powerful shot. Real played the same for the rest of the first half.

Even after the break, there was no change in Cadiz’s tactics. Benzema-Vinicius could not get into their D-box. In the 57th minute, Tony Cruz’s great cross came to the fore, but Ledesma blocked Eden Hazard’s head. Meanwhile, Cadiz got a very good chance to score a goal in the whole match.

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