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Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao

Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez celebrate
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 times in 13 matches against Athletic Bilbao

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 to go a point behind league leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo scored his 20th La Liga goal of the season as he curled home Real's opener after just two minutes.

Athletic levelled when Javier Eraso side-footed in but James Rodriguez made it 2-1 with a long-range strike.

Toni Kroos added a third just before half-time and after Raphael Varane had been sent off, Ronaldo scored again before Gorka Elustondo's late header.

Relive Madrid's win as it happened

The win lifted Real above Atletico Madrid into second place in the table, although Atletico and Barcelona both play on Sunday.

Javier Eraso scores for Athletic Bilbao
Javier Eraso's goal for Athletic Bilbao was his first in La Liga

Real remain unbeaten under coach Zinedine Zidane after winning their seventh successive home league game.

But it wasn't as comfortable as the score suggested in the first half as Athletic created several chances against an uncertain home defence.

Top scorer Artiz Aduriz, 35, could have had a hat-trick before the break as he headed wide, flicked an effort against the bar and saw Keylor Navas save another heading opportunity.

Real made their superior finishing count though, with Ronaldo taking his total this season to 31 goals in all competitions with the opening goal.

Tony Kroos scores for Real Madrid
Toni Kroos scored only his third goal in La Liga for Real Madrid

Rodriguez made it two goals in three games, having not previously scored in La Liga since November, while Kroos scored his first goal of the season as he turned onto a Ronaldo pass to score with a deflected shot.

Real, who play at Roma in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, then cruised through the second half before the late flurry of activity.

Varane, who had been at fault for Athletic's first-half equaliser, received a second caution for an innocuous looking aerial challenge on Aduriz with seven minutes to go.

Ten-man Real added a fourth when Ronaldo controlled a cross from Lucas Vazquez to drill the ball home before Elustondo nodded in an Oscar de Marcos cross in the last minute to pull one back for the visitors.

What they said:

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: "The Press are here to opine on whether Ronaldo plays well or badly, if he is finished, but today he has showed he is brilliant.

"You will always have errors but I am not worried about that. I think we were good physically, on the ball and I am happy with what we did.

"We are ready for the match against Roma. We are in shape, playing well, and very pleased with how we played today against a very good rival. We are prepared for Wednesday."

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23DaniloSubstituted forNachoat 69'minutes
  • 2VaraneBooked at 83mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 15Carvajal
  • 19ModricBooked at 71mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 16KovacicSubstituted forIscoat 72'minutes
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forVázquezat 80'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Jesé
  • 22Isco

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz Moreno
  • 10De Marcos Arana
  • 16Etxeita GorritxategiBooked at 14mins
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga OruesagastiBooked at 43mins
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 8Iturraspe DerteanoSubstituted forElustondo Urkolaat 62'minutes
  • 25Merino ZuloagaSubstituted forVigueraat 80'minutes
  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 30Lekue MartínezSubstituted forMuniain Goñiat 69'minutes
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 2Bóveda Altube
  • 3Elustondo Urkola
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 17Rico Moreno
  • 18Gurpegi Nausia
  • 19Muniain Goñi
  • 21Viguera
Referee:
Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Attendance:
70,100

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Athletic Club 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Athletic Club 2.

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

Foul by Borja Viguera (Athletic Club).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Athletic Club 2. Elustondo (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by De Marcos with a cross.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gorka Iraizoz.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Balenziaga.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gorka Iraizoz.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Athletic Club 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Nacho.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) for a bad foul.

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacho with a cross.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces James Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Borja Viguera replaces Sabin.

Offside, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Offside, Real Madrid. Keylor Navas tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Booking

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

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

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

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Muniain replaces Íñigo Lekue.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Danilo.

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Offside, Real Madrid. Keylor Navas tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

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

Foul by Elustondo (Athletic Club).

Attempt missed. Sabin (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Íñigo Lekue with a cross.

Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Daniel Carvajal is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Elustondo replaces Iturraspe.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Raphael Varane is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 13th February 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22173256173954
2Real Madrid24165370234753
3Atl Madrid23163434112351
4Villarreal24146430181248
5Sevilla2310763224837
6Ath Bilbao2410593534135
7Celta Vigo2310583436-235
8Eibar239683631533
9Dep La Coruña2461443330332
10Malaga2486102121030
11Valencia2461082825328
12Real Sociedad2376103134-327
13Getafe2375112635-926
14Real Betis2468101833-1526
15Rayo Vallecano2466123249-1724
16Sporting Gijón2365122638-1223
17Espanyol2464142148-2722
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
19Granada2355132546-2120
20Levante2345142143-2217
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