On August 12, 2023, at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Real Madrid won the opening game of the 2023-2024 La Liga season with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Although both teams had several opportunities to score in the first half, the match was closely contested. Real Madrid broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with a goal from Karim Benzema, who found the net from close range after receiving a cross from Vinicius Junior.
Although Athletic Bilbao tried to respond, they were unable to find the back of the net. In the 78th minute, Real Madrid extended their lead with a stunning goal from outside the box scored by Toni Kroos. The ball was received by the German midfielder from Luka Modric who then fired it into the top corner of the net, leaving Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon with no chance.
Real Madrid's win has enabled them to start the season with three points, which puts them in a favorable position to compete for the LaLiga title. Real Madrid will aim to advance on this win during their next match against Milan on July 23, 2023, in the Club Friendly Games.
Real Madrid delivered a solid performance, demonstrating their quality and resilience against a tough Athletic Bilbao team. The team aims to maintain their winning streak throughout the season and add more trophies to their cabinet.