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Summary

  1. Casemiro restores Real's lead
  2. Aduriz equalised for Athletic after Benzema gave visitors the lead
  3. Bale back for Madrid after two-match ban
  4. Leaders Madrid could move five points clear of Barca
  5. Barca host Valencia on Sunday
  6. Athletic have not lost at home since August

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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A second home defeat of the season for Athletic Bilbao and a big result for Real Madrid in the title race.

Los Blancos go five points clear at the top of La Liga.

One hand on the title?

Second placed Barcelona will try and narrow the gap again, as they welcome Valencia tomorrow night.

Until then, goodbye.

FULL-TIME

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Keylor Navas then gets booked for time wasting. Iker Muniain then upends Casemiro, but that's it as the ref blows the whistle.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Lucas Vasquez with a full bloodied challenge to snuff out some later danger.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Athletic are pushing for the equaliser, but the final ball is just not coming.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

A final change for Real, Karim Benzema is off for Alvaro Morata. Athletic also make their final sub, as Markel Susaeta comes on for Raul Garcia.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is off, on comes Isco.

Two assists for Ronaldo today.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco
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Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Williams with another effort, forcing Keylor Navas into a save at the near post.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Marcelo is struggling with Inaki Williams on the left, the 22-year-old has been linked with Liverpool and you can see why.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Should be three.

Karim Benzema and Marcelo swap passes before the Frenchman sprints past Aymeric Laporte. He tries to flick the ball over the keeper, it comes back to Marcelo but he blasts over.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Yellow for Toni Kroos for a bad challenge on Aymeric Laporte.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Instant response from Real.

Toni Kroo's corner is flicked on by Cristiano Ronaldo to Casemiro at the far post, who controls with his chest and then taps home from close range.

Casemiro
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GOAL - Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

Casemiro

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid

The cross comes into the Real box and Raul García heads it back across goal to the 36-year-old Aritz Aduriz, who has the simplest of headers to equalise.

Aritz Aduriz
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GOAL - Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid

Aduriz

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

What a save by Keylor Navas.

He makes a one handed stop from point blank range to deny Inaki Williams, who was in acres of space.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Lucas Vazquez is coming on for Luka Modric.

Since that Aduriz chance in the 46th minute, not much has happened at either end.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Iker Muniain is on for Inigo Lekue.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bales has had a reasonably quiet game, stationed on that left wing.

As I say that, Casemiro finds the Welshman, who controls, take a touch and has a pop, but it's wide.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Raul Garcia escapes without a booking for a trip on Casemiro.

Casemiro
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Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Real with a corner, they play it short and Toni Kroos tries to float a cross to the far post

Another corner and it's cleared by Athletic.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Another corner for Athletic, the home side are going for this but they fail to score off that set piece.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

So close to an equaliser, Raul Garcia crosses for Aritz Aduriz, who out jumps both his markers and sends a header towards the far post. Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos get in each others way but the captain manages to clear.

Nervy moments.

Keylor Navas
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KICK-OFF

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Back under way.

Marcelo seems to be rallying the troops, plenty of 'Vamos' being shouted.

Think he's basically saying let's not mess this up lads.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

The teams are coming back out for the second-half at the San Mames.

Karim Benzema's goal is the difference at the break.

HALF-TIME

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema looks in some discomfort.

He was caught by Benat Etxebarria and seems to have hurt his knee.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Few quiet moments for the first time in the game. For all their endeavour, Athletic have not many clear cut chances.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo play a lovely 1-2 on the edge of the box to send the left-back into space and he whips in a cross but Karim Benzema just can't shape his body right to score.

Marcelo
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Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Casemiro finally gets the booking he seems to be after, for fouling Aritz Aduriz and the Brazilian then sarcastically applauds the ref.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Getting a bit heated now.

Dani Carvajal kicks out at Aritz Aduriz and there is some afters, both are booked. In that mellay Casemiro has to be calmed down by Marcelo.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale unleashes a powerful left footed shot from the edge of the box but it is straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo receives the ball on the right wing and squares the ball beyond the defensive line to Karim Benzema who slightly checks his run but then places a right foot shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Karim Benzema celebrates
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GOAL - Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid

Benzema

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid

Not sure how Casemiro has not got a yellow card for that challenge on Inaki Williams, the Brazilian flies in and hacks down the forward.

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid

Luke Modric almost finds Cristiano Ronaldo, but the ball bounces over the Portugal winger.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid

Toni Kroos with the long free-kick and Sergio Ramos flies in with a diving header but misses the target.

Entertaining game so far.

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid

First corner to Real Madrid and it is cleared by the Athletic keeper.