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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."


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

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


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

Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


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

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAth Bilbao
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Athletic Club 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Borja Viguera (Athletic Club).

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gorka Iraizoz.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Balenziaga.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gorka Iraizoz.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Nacho.

  13. Dismissal

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces James Rodríguez.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Borja Viguera replaces Sabin.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 13th February 2016

As It Stood

2Real Madrid24165370234753
3Atl Madrid23163434112351
6Ath Bilbao2410593534135
7Celta Vigo2310583436-235
9Dep La Coruña2461443330332
12Real Sociedad2376103134-327
14Real Betis2468101833-1526
15Rayo Vallecano2466123249-1724
16Sporting Gijón2365122638-1223
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
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