Benzema scores on final Real Madrid appearance

Published on: 04 June 2023

Karim Benzema scored his 354th Real Madrid goal in his final match for the club

Karim Benzema marked his final Real Madrid appearance with a goal as they drew their last game of the La Liga season at home to Athletic Bilbao.

The 35-year-old, second on the club's all-time record goalscoring list, slotted in from the penalty spot after Eder Militao was fouled in the box.

Real confirmed the end of Benzema's 14-year stay at the Bernabeu on Sunday, before a reported move to Saudi Arabia.

Oihan Sancet had earlier lashed the visitors in front from close range.

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Sancet fired home after Thibaut Courtois had kept out his initial attempt, while the Belgium goalkeeper also saved a first-half penalty from Mikel Vesga following Toni Kroos' handball.

Rodrygo wasted Real's best chance to win the game late on, diverting Vinicius Jr's low cross over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

Benzema cut a largely peripheral figure throughout his final game, but his spot-kick - rolled into the middle of the goal - provided a fitting conclusion to a glittering career in Spain which included five Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles.

The France striker was replaced by Luka Modric in the 74th minute, leaving the field to a superb ovation from the home crowd.

Marco Asensio, whose own eight-year spell with Real will come to an end this summer, received a similar reception when he was taken off during stoppage time.

But there was no farewell appearance for former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who was an unused substitute prior to his departure on 30 June.

Real Madrid end the season second in the table behind champions Barcelona.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsReal Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

1Courtois2Carvajal Ramos3Militão6Nacho22Rüdiger12Camavinga8Kroos19Ceballos21Rodrygo9Benzema20Vinícius Júnior

    1Courtois2Carvajal RamosBooked at 85mins3Militão6Nacho22Rüdiger12CamavingaSubstituted forTchouaméniat 58'minutes8Kroos19CeballosBooked at 55minsSubstituted forAsensioat 58'minutesSubstituted forVázquezat 90+2'minutes21Rodrygo9BenzemaSubstituted forModricat 74'minutes20Vinícius Júnior


    4Alaba5Vallejo7E Hazard10Modric11Asensio13Lunin15Valverde16Odriozola17Vázquez18Tchouaméni23Mendy24Mariano

Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Simón18De Marcos3Vivian31Paredes17Berchiche23Herrera6Vesga9Williams8Sancet11Nico Williams12Guruzeta

    1Simón18De Marcos3Vivian31Paredes17BerchicheBooked at 71mins23HerreraSubstituted forZarragaat 64'minutes6VesgaSubstituted forVencedorat 67'minutes9Williams8SancetBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMuniainat 77'minutes11Nico WilliamsSubstituted forBerenguer Remiroat 64'minutes12GuruzetaSubstituted forGarcíaat 77'minutes


    7Berenguer Remiro10Muniain13Agirrezabala15Lekue16Vencedor19Zarraga21Capa22García24Balenziaga29Ares Djaló30Gómez33Bita

Referee:Isidro Díaz de Mera EscuderosAttendance:60,781Match StatsHome TeamReal MadridAway TeamAth BilbaoPossessionHome64%Away36%ShotsHome9Away15Shots on TargetHome2Away9CornersHome5Away6FoulsHome11Away14Live Text Post update

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Athletic Club 1.

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Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Athletic Club 1.

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Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Alex Berenguer (Athletic Club).

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Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rodrygo following a corner.

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Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Dani Vivian.

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Attempt saved. Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Vivian.

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Hand ball by Unai Vencedor (Athletic Club).


Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Marco Asensio.

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Offside, Athletic Club. Oier Zarraga tries a through ball, but Dani Vivian is caught offside.

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Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid).

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Raúl García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Attempt missed. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

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Foul by Éder Militão (Real Madrid).

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Alex Berenguer (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt missed. Alex Berenguer (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Unai Vencedor following a corner.

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Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Nacho.


Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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Yuri Berchiche (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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