La Liga Santander Rodrygo with a brace as Real Madrid cruise to Athletic Club victory

Real Madrid got the job done upon their return to La Liga action following the international break as they picked up three more points against Athletic Club in their quest for the league title.

Rodrygo was the star of the show at the Santiago Bernabeu, netting both goals for the league leaders. As well as the win, the other major news for Madrid was the return of Militao after 232 days out through injury.

The team came out firing on all cylinders from the off and were 1-0 up after just eight minutes. Rodrygo got on the end of a lofted pass from Brahim in midfield, drove to the edge of the area and then curled an unstoppable right-footed effort past Agirrezabala.

Athletic Club took control of the ball from that point onwards, but Real Madrid continued to create chances. Tony Kroos tried his luck from outside the box in the 34th minute, but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

Five minutes later, Valverde picked up a rebound from a corner outside the area. After bringing the ball down with his thigh, he unleashed a powerful right-footed effort that the keeper scrambled to keep out. Tchouameni almost made it 2-0 as he headed a corner from Kroos just wide of the Bilbao post.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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