Real Madrid were hooked by Athletic Bilbao (1-1) this Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu as part of the 38th and final day of La Liga. Karim Benzema scored for his last game in the merengue jersey.
End clap for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. As formalized earlier today, the 35-year-old French striker will leave the club in the Spanish capital at the end of his contract, which expires on June 30.
Before his probable signing in Saudi Arabia, the Ballon d’Or 2022 played his last match this Sunday in the jersey of Real Madrid, which was hung by Athletic Bilbao (1-1) at Santiago Bernabeu, as part of the 38th and last day of La Liga. The Madrid club finished in second place in the standings, while the Basque club failed in eighth place, at the gates of Europe.
Athletic Bilbao performed well and could have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, after a penalty obtained following a handball from Toni Kroos in the Madrid penalty area. But that was without counting Thibaut Courtois, still imperial, who laid down perfectly to dismiss the ball on Mikel Vesga’s attempt.
Benzema, a last goal and an ovation
The Basque club finally managed to take the lead after returning from the locker room thanks to Oihan Sancet (49th), scorer on a volley at close range. Author of a fault on Eder Militão, Yuri Berchiche then offered a penalty to the Madrid club, which Karim Benzema (72nd), for his last in the merengue jersey, hastened to transform.
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KB9 then gave way to Luka Modric, to a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans, ending a 14-season adventure in the Spanish capital. For a record of 354 goals scored in 648 matches in all competitions, as well as 25 trophies at stake. Legend.