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Karanka hails on-song Benzema

18 November 2012 03:19

Aitor Karanka has praised Karim Benzema following Real Madrid's 5-1 Liga win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

France international Benzema played a key role in the demolition of Athletic, breaking his Liga goal-scoring duck for the season with a deflected effort early on, before curling home a second and providing an assist for Mesut Oezil.

"(Benzema) gives us vision, support and movement, and his (second) goal made (his display) perfect. Today he was focused and clinical," Real assistant coach Karanka told reporters after the match.

Karanka was pleased the players did not let Athletic back in the game after conceding to the visitors, and reiterated the squad's determination to chase down league leaders Barcelona, who are eight points clear at the top of the table.

"The team maintained their intensity until the end," he said.

"We could have let Athletic make it 3-2 after they pulled one back, but we talked about it (at half-time).

"In the second half, we were better defensively and then more goals came. This league does not allow setbacks so we must continue on this path.

"(The eight-point deficit) is what it is. We know we cannot fail. We are always playing after (Barcelona) so we must always win."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
17 November 2012
Game week
12
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
3 - 1
Full-time
5 - 1
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
76000

Goals

Aurtenetxe (OG) 12'  
1 - 0
Sergio Ramos 30'
(assist by M. Özil) 
2 - 0
K. Benzema 32'
(assist by José Callejón) 
3 - 0
3 - 1
42' Ibai
 (assist by Susaeta)
M. Özil 56'
(assist by K. Benzema) 
4 - 1
S. Khedira 72'
(assist by Arbeloa) 
5 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
6
3 12'
23
18 73'
14 86'
8 48'
20 45+1'
19
11 42'
Coach: M. Bielsa

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
6 72'
22
29
8
13
18
27
# Player Bookings
9
2
22
13
16
26
28

Monday 29 December

15:10
14:29
14:04
13:34
13:34
13:34
13:34
13:33
12:36
12:05
11:53
11:49
11:42
11:01
10:47
10:37
10:23
10:07
09:59
09:54
09:44
09:25
09:08
08:54
08:47
08:41
06:18
04:07
04:00
03:51
02:56
01:23
00:54
00:15

Sunday 28 December

23:47
22:04
21:46
21:32
21:20
20:41
20:21
20:18
20:14
20:07
19:58
19:58
19:57
19:50
19:29
19:14
19:14
19:05
19:00
18:49
18:44
18:09
18:07
18:06
18:00
17:57
17:53
17:02
16:16
15:53
14:50
14:50
13:35
12:32
11:23
10:54
10:38
07:46
05:01
04:15
03:33
03:13
02:44
02:09
02:03
00:10

Saturday 27 December

23:31
20:06
19:46
19:20
18:41
17:52
17:39
17:14
17:12
17:02
16:43
16:38
16:04
15:52
15:47
14:45
14:24
14:19
14:00
14:00
13:38
13:31
13:16
13:04
12:45
12:39
12:37
12:30
12:11
11:55
11:32
11:03
10:30
10:15
09:48
08:32
02:13
00:11

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 16 +17 35
4 16 +16 31
5 16 +13 30

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