Bilbao played with one less for most of the game but put Madrid in trouble in several lapses of the match.
In the first minutes, the domain was totally merengued, those led by Zidane had totally the control of the ball.
Karim Benzema showed his sparkles in the attack, distributing game and had a clear arrival.
At 12 minutes, Athletic Bilbao was left with 10 men due to the expulsion of Raúl García, the attacker from the lions already had a yellow and a strong tackle on Toni Kroos led to the second yellow and consequently the red card.
Athletic locked themselves in their area to avoid Madrid’s attacks, who were trying their luck on the wings with Vinicius and Lucas Vázquez, although the Brazilian had little idea.
As the minutes passed, Bilbao seriously complicated the game for the meringues, even generating more danger in the attack zone, although without shooting at Courtois’s goal.
After almost 45 minutes without a goal, the scoring opened near the end of the first half.
Toni Kroos took a shot placed where the goalkeeper Unai Simón could do little, the assistance was from the Brazilian Vinicius Jr.
The meringues went to rest with an important 1-0.
In the second half, Bilbao came out with another face and managed to put the parity on the scoreboard in a few minutes.
At 52 ′, Ander Capa tied the score after a great individual play, Courtois had avoided the goal, but in the counterattack, Capa put the score.
After the bucket of cold water for the early goal in the complementary part, Madrid managed to react after several attempts.
The meringues retook the lead in the 74th minute; striker Karim Benzema made it 2-1 after a measured cross by Dani Carvajal.
Courtois took away the possible 2-2 of Bilbao in the 90th minute and in that same against Karim Benzema made it 3-1 after a great assist from Luka Modric.
With the result, the meringues reach Real Sociedad at the top.
52′ ¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE @AnderCapa!! ⚽️
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) December 15, 2020