Spanish La Liga
Ath Bilbao1Real Madrid0

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Madrid

Aritz Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz scored his 10th goal of the season for Athletic Bilbao against Real Madrid

Real Madrid were unable to increase their advantage at the top of La Liga after they were beaten by Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Athletic striker Aritz Aduriz, 30, put the hosts ahead with a header from Mikel Rico's cross.

Real dominated the game after half-time and Gareth Bale's audacious long-range effort struck the post.

But Athletic hung on to claim the victory which means Real have just a two-point lead over Barcelona.

The Catalan club will go top if they can take maximum points from Sunday's match against Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, who guided the club to their 10th European Cup last year, was forced to defend himself against criticism from supporters earlier this week.

Some fans are unhappy with Ancelotti's approach, with media reports claiming they view the Italian as a soft touch.

Real's lead was cut to two points following last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal and more dropped points against the Basque club could prove costly for Ancelotti's side.

Athletic opened the scoring when Aduriz escaped the attentions of Real defender Pepe and powerfully headed Rico's cross past keeper Iker Casillas.

After a modest first-half display Real were much improved after the break and Athletic keeper Gorka Iraizoz saved at the feet of Karim Benzema on the hour.

Cristiano Ronaldo appealed for a penalty after he went down under Iraizoz's challenge, while Wales forward Bale's superb long-range effort bounced back out off the post.

Elsewhere, Vitolo scored twice as Sevilla held on to a thrilling 4-3 win away to Deportivo La Coruna.

Aritz Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz put Athletic Bilbao ahead in the 26th minute with a powerful header
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale struck the post for Real Madrid with an ambitious long-range effort
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo felt he should have been awarded a penalty after he went down inside the box
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's players were disconsolate at the final whistle at San Mames

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 10De Marcos
  • 18GurpegiBooked at 78mins
  • 16EtxeitaBooked at 39mins
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 17Rico MorenoSubstituted forToqueroat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 15Iraola
  • 19MuniainSubstituted forSusaetaat 64'minutes
  • 30WilliamsSubstituted forFernández Hierroat 75'minutes
  • 20AdurizBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 2Toquero
  • 3Aurtenetxe
  • 11Gómez
  • 14Susaeta
  • 22Fernández Hierro
  • 26Remiro Gargallo
  • 29López Cabrera

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12MarceloBooked at 86mins
  • 24IllarramendiBooked at 41minsSubstituted forJeséat 71'minutes
  • 8KroosBooked at 30minsSubstituted forBorgesat 76'minutes
  • 23IscoBooked at 74mins
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 80'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 16Borges
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
52,600

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 0.

Attempt missed. Lucas Silva (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Gaizka Toquero replaces Mikel Rico because of an injury.

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

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

Lucas Silva (Real Madrid).

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Xabier Etxeita.

Attempt blocked. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) hits the left post with a left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing. Assisted by Lucas Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

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

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

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

Foul by Mikel Rico (Athletic Club).

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Booking

Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Silva replaces Toni Kroos.

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Guillermo replaces Iñaki Williams.

Booking

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

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Asier Illarramendi.

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mikel Balenziaga.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club).

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Hand ball by Pepe (Real Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Markel Susaeta replaces Iker Muniain.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid26201575245161
2Barcelona25192470155559
3Atl Madrid25173550222854
4Valencia25165445212453
5Sevilla26154746331349
6Villarreal25136639231645
7Malaga2612592930-141
8Ath Bilbao2696112331-833
9Celta Vigo258892625132
10Espanyol2595113236-432
11Rayo Vallecano2592142843-1529
12Real Sociedad2569102836-827
13Eibar2676132636-1027
14Elche2676132345-2227
15Getafe2575132235-1326
16Dep La Coruña2667132342-1925
17Levante2667132349-2625
18Almería2666142240-1824
19Granada26410121740-2322
20Córdoba2539131839-2118
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