Real Madrid rescued by 7/10 Ramos to keep up winning run

Real Madrid rescued by 7/10 Ramos to keep up winning run

Sid Lowe questions whether Real Madrid count on Karim Benzema as much as Barcelona rely on Lionel Messi. (1:14) Sergio Ramos scored another penalty as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday to maintain their 100% record since the restart and take another step towards the La Liga title. Marco Asensio saw an early free kick saved by Athletic keeper Unai Simon before Thibaut Courtois reacted well to keep out a Raul Garcia header. Asensio had a busy first half, crossing for both Rodrygo and Karim Benzema to head off target. With 20 minutes to go, Marcelo was caught by Dani Garcia inside the box and Ramos put the penalty in the bottom corner for his 10th goal of the season and his fifth in the past month. Seven games played; seven Real Madrid wins. This was one of the more difficult tests the team will face in this final stretch -- away from home, in the midafternoon sun, against an awkward Athletic chasing European football -- and, once again, Zinedine Zidane's side delivered. The performance of Asensio in his first start of the season was encouraging too. Eden Hazard's injury problems mean there's a spot up for grabs on the left of the attack, and Asensio did enough here, especially in terms of end product, to suggest he has a case to start ahead of Vinicius Junior. Real Madrid were far from dominant at San Mames and, in the first half in particular, their defence was tested as much as ...
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