Casemiro returns to boost Real Liga push

  • WRITER: REUTERS

Real Madrid's Casemiro scores against Athletic Bilbao. (EPA photo)

Madrid - Often praised for doing the dirty, understated work in midfield, Real Madrid's Casemiro is taking on an increasingly influential role for Zinedine Zidane's side and stamped his mark all over Saturday's crucial 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

The Brazilian midfielder was the architect of Real's opener against Athletic, who had not lost at home since August, splitting the defence with a long ball from the halfway line to Cristiano Ronaldo, who crossed for Karim Benzema to score.

Athletic fought to get back into the game and pulled level through veteran strike Aritz Aduriz, only for Casemiro to restore Real's lead three minutes later by losing his marker from a corner to meet Ronaldo's flicked header.

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