Real Madrid had to work hard for the three points as they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at San Mames to go five points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table.

Karim Benzema broke the deadlock midway through the first half to give Zinedine Zidane’s side the lead before Aritz Aduriz headed in the equaliser twenty minutes after the break.

It did not take long for Real Madrid to get back the lead, as Casemiro netted a rare goal three minutes later, tapping in from close range to secure all three points for Los Blancos and create a five-point lead over bitter rivals Barcelona.