Spanish La Liga
Ath Bilbao1Real Madrid1

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as Real Madrid's eight-match winning run ended in a fiery draw at Athletic Bilbao.

The Portuguese received a straight red card late on after raising his hands in a confrontation with Carlos Gurpegi as Real missed the chance to go above Barcelona into second place in La Liga.

Jese gave the visitors the lead on his full league debut as he stabbed home Ronaldo's low cross after the break.

But substitute Ibai Gomez equalised from 20 yards before Ronaldo saw red.

Ronaldo's likely three-game absence could well have an impact on a competitive title race.

Real Madrid sit third in La Liga, level on points with defending champions Barcelona but three points behind city rivals Atletico.

And it could have been worse for Los Blancos, who saw their eight-match winning run in all competitions ended by an Athletic Bilbao side unbeaten at home in the league all season.

Iker Muniain and top scorer Aritz Aduriz both missed good chances for the hosts in the opening half, as Real struggled to hit the heights they have found so far this year.

Going into the match, Carlo Ancelotti's men had won every game they had played in 2014, scoring 17 times and not conceding a goal.

And despite a below-par first half, they looked as though their perfect start to the year was going to continue when 20-year-old Jese - in for the injured Gareth Bale - put them ahead.

Ronaldo's low pass across the face of goal after 65 minutes was met by the debutant's lunge, and he succeeded in directing the ball into the corner.

Bilbao brought on Gomez for Muniain soon after and the new man made an instant impact with a superb goal less than a minute later.

The substitute lofted the set-piece into the area and, after it was headed clear, he met the loose bouncing ball on the edge of the area with a stunning strike that flew in off the far post.

And things got worse for Real as Ronaldo was sent off for reacting to a shove by Gurpegi, although it appeared he made little or no contact as he waved his hands towards the defender's face.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 10De MarcosSubstituted forIraolaat 59'minutes
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 17Rico MorenoSubstituted forEtxebarria Urkiagaat 87'minutes
  • 18Gurpegi
  • 4Laporte
  • 14Susaeta
  • 8IturraspeBooked at 75mins
  • 20Aduriz
  • 21Herrera Agüera
  • 19MuniainSubstituted forGómezat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6San José
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 9Sola Clemente
  • 11Gómez
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 15Iraola
  • 23Ekiza

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 15CarvajalSubstituted forVaraneat 90'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14AlonsoBooked at 30mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 19Modric
  • 22Di María
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 87'minutes
  • 20JeséSubstituted forIllarramendiat 83'minutes
  • 7RonaldoBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 21Morata
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
Attendance:
47,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club).

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander (Athletic Club).

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Beñat (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ibai Gómez.

Foul by Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club).

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane replaces Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Beñat replaces Mikel Rico.

Attempt saved. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ibai Gómez with a cross.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Diego López.

Attempt saved. Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Marcelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Jesé.

Mikel Rico (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Marcelo.

Booking

Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the red card for fighting.

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 1. Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Ibai Gómez replaces Iker Muniain.

Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlos Gurpegi.

Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 0, Real Madrid 1. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Attempt missed. Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Markel Susaeta.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Pepe.

Ander (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Foul by Ander (Athletic Club).

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ander (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Andoni Iraola replaces Óscar De Marcos.

Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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