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Real Madrid2Ath Bilbao1

Real Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata's goal was only his second in nine La Liga games since his summer return from Juventus

Real Madrid went top of the La Liga table thanks to a hard-fought victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Karim Benzema put Real 1-0 up after Isco squared it to the French striker.

But Sabin Merino levelled after Pepe and Dani Carvajal failed to take the ball from Javier Eraso.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a host of chances for Real but substitute Alvaro Morata, on his 24th birthday, was the hero at the second attempt after Gorka Iraizoz saved his shot.

Relive the action as it happened.

Enthralling title race shaping up?

Real Madrid were the fourth team to top La Liga this weekend. Barcelona went to the summit on Saturday thanks to their 3-2 injury-time win over Valencia.

Earlier on Sunday, Sevilla went top when they won 1-0 against Atletico Madrid, who had gone into the weekend as league leaders.

Only three points separate Real, who started the game in fifth place, and Atletico, who now occupy that spot.

Ronaldo out of sorts?

Cristiano Ronaldo
This chance in the first half saw Cristiano Ronaldo shoot straight at the goalkeeper when he could have picked out Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale

Ronaldo looked short of confidence with his finishing throughout the game, although he was not afraid to try.

He had 11 shots in the game, more than Athletic's combined total of 10, but only two of those were on target.

The Portugal captain, who missed the start of the season through injury, has only scored two goals in six La Liga games this season with both coming in convincing victories.

His malaise was best summed up when Lucas Vazquez found him in space in injury time, with Athletic having taken risks in a bid to find an equaliser.

Ronaldo had plenty of time to pick his spot or go round Gorka Iraizoz, but instead he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 5Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16Kovacic
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 65'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 75'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 23Danilo

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 15Lekue
  • 16Etxeita GorritxategiBooked at 31mins
  • 4LaporteBooked at 87mins
  • 25Saborit TeixidorSubstituted forMuniain Goñiat 87'minutes
  • 6San José
  • 17Rico
  • 11Williams
  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 22GarcíaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forIturraspe Derteanoat 76'minutes
  • 19MerinoSubstituted forSusaetaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elustondo Urkola
  • 7Etxebarria
  • 8Iturraspe Derteano
  • 10Muniain Goñi
  • 12Vesga
  • 13Herrerín
  • 14Susaeta
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
72,910

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home24
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Athletic Club 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Athletic Club 1.

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 centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Booking

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

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.

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

Foul by Eraso (Athletic Club).

Hand ball by Mikel Rico (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Muniain replaces Enric Saborit.

Booking

Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt saved. Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Athletic Club 1. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by San José.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Markel Susaeta replaces Sabin.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

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

Foul by Iturraspe (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Iturraspe replaces Raúl García.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Offside, Athletic Club. Raúl García tries a through ball, but Iñaki Williams is caught offside.

Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos following a set piece situation.

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 23rd October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid96302491521
2Sevilla96211712520
3Barcelona961229121719
4Villarreal95401651119
5Atl Madrid95312141718
6Ath Bilbao95041412215
7Real Sociedad94141412213
8Celta Vigo94141317-413
9Las Palmas93331715212
10Malaga93331210212
11Eibar93331413112
12Real Betis93241119-811
13Alavés9243911-210
14Leganés9315917-810
15Valencia93061318-59
16Espanyol91531217-58
17Dep La Coruña9225614-88
18Sporting Gijón9225718-118
19Osasuna91351119-86
20Granada9036823-153
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