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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Atletico 20 8 5 68
3 Real Madrid 20 4 9 64
4 Getafe 14 12 7 54
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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Karim Benzema leads trio of hat trick heroes in Player Power Rankings

A trio of hat-trick heroes made their way on to our top 10 list, but Karim Benzema's stood out in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Ishak Belfodil (TSG Hoffenheim), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal).

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Real Madrid's Zidane: Benzema is 'best No. 9 in world'

A second half hat-trick from Karim Benzema earns Real Madrid all 3 points as they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said Karim Benzema is the "best No. 9 in the world" after the Frenchman's hat trick in the 3-0 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao.

Benzema headed Madrid in front from Marco Asensio's cross just after half-time and nodded in a second when Athletic goalkeeper Iago Herrerin missed Luka Modric's corner. He saved the best until last as he chipped into an empty net after another Herrerin error in added time.

The former Lyon forward has now scored each of Madrid's last...

Karim Benzema's hat trick paces Real Madrid in comfortable win over Athletic Bilbao

Now with 30 goals this campaign, Karim Benzema is just two shy of his career high for a season, set back in 2011-12.

Karim Benzema was once again Real Madrid's matchwinner with a hat trick in Sunday afternoon's straightforward 3-0 La Liga victory against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Positives

Benzema continued his amazing run of form -- the Frenchman has now scored each of Madrid's past eight goals (across their past five game). Jesus Vallejo looked assured and confident in a rare start at centre-back.

Negatives

Absolutely nothing happened in the first half, as Benzema's opener in the 47th minute...

 By PA Sport

Real Madrid down Athletic Bilbao thanks to Benzema's hat trick

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A second half hat-trick from Karim Benzema earns Real Madrid all 3 points as they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid tightened their stranglehold on third place in La Liga as Karim Benzema's hat trick earned them a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The Frenchman continued his scintillating form as he made it 30 goals in all competitions for the season -- and 21 in La Liga.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane started with Gareth Bale on the bench as Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio flanked Benzema in attack.

Athletic still had an outside chance of making the Champions League places coming into kick-off and it...