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Cristiano Ronaldo despite the brilliant game he had for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao was substituted around the 75th minute of the game.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane speaking after the game explained the move, he said, “We tried to have more balance with Isco in the midfield and we changed to 4-4-2.

“Cristiano can be replaced just like anyone else. He finished the match very happy because of the victory we achieved”.

With the win, Real Madrid are five points clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table and the Galacticos have goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro to thank for that.

The win is also a major win for Zidane’s side considering Madrid has never won at the San Mamés Stadium since their host moved there.

Real Madrid took the lead via a beautiful move started by Casemiro, who found Cristiano Ronaldo behind the Bilbao defence. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner promptly found Karim Benzema with the left-footed cross which the Frenchman finished into the bottom corner.

Athletic Bilbao drew level from a cross from the right wing which was finally headed in by Aduritz past Keylor Navas.

However, Bilbao’s defence conceded from a corner when the ball fortuitously fell at the feet of Casemiro who kept his composure to sidefoot in from close range. The Madrid giants held on for a valuable three points.

Author: Yemi Olarinre