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Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao

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  1. Real Madrid v Bilbao: LIVE

    Real Madrid v Bilbao: LIVE

    Follow live text commentary of the Liga clash between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+2' That's it! Another comprehensive victory for Real against a spirited Bilbao side. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 89' This has been a good effort from Bilbao but the game was up for them after Ronaldo's second penalty and De Marcos's red card.
    • 88' Lovely pass from Alonso to Ronaldo but the offside flag is raised.
    • 87' Real have now scored at least four goals in a match on 14 occasions this season.
    • 85' GOAL! REAL MADRID 4-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO. Callejon runs onto a pass from Higuain and drills the ball into the bottom left corner from an acute angle!
    • 84' Real travel to Barca in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey tie on Wednesday.
    • 83' Callejon stretches to make contact with an Ozil cross but his effort is well off target.
    • 82' Real easing towards another Liga victory here.
    • 80' Javi Martinez makes a silly challenge on Ozil and gives away a free-kick which will be launched into the box.
    • 78' Callejon replaces Kaka for Real. A good performance from the Brazilian.
    • 75' Higuain clatters a shot onto the near post as Real finish the game strongly. He collected a pass from Ronaldo but could not quite squeeze in the shot.
    • 74' Diarra kicks out at Toquero off the ball, but his offence is not spotted. It would have been at least a yellow.
    • 73' Arbeloa is booked, presumably for dissent after arguing about a throw-in. Hardly worth it, surely.
    • 72' Lassana Diarra replaces Granero as Real make their second substitution.
    • 71' Bilbao have lost the last two matches 5-1 at the Bernabeu. What price that score again?
    • 69' Real are now officially the highest scoring team after 19 games of any season in Liga history.
    • 68' That is Bilbao's fifth red card of the season. An impossible task now.
    • 67' Higuain replaces Benzema and immediately forces Iraizoz into a brilliant save.
    • 66' GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO. Ronaldo fires low to the right of Iraizoz and Real have a two-goal lead.
    • 65' Benzema fires into the net but the referee had already blown for a penalty after a foul by De Marcos on Ozil in the area. De Marcos collects his second yellow card and Real have a spot kick!
    • 64' Xabi Alonso has got through some good defensive work for Real tonight. He puts the ball out for a corner, but it comes to nothing.
    • 63' De Marcos shoots wide of Casillas' goal. The goalkeeper dived to his left but the effort flew just wide.
    • 62' Bielsa shuffles his pack. Does the Chilean have something up his sleeve? He must relish the tactical battle with Mourinho.
    • 61' Gaizka Toquero and Ibai Gómez replace Llorente and Fernando Amorebieta in a double Bilbao change.
    • 60' The corner comes to nothing, as Gonzalo Higuain does his warm-up exercises on the touchline.
    • 59' Ramos puts the ball out for a corner to Bilbao. They are still asking questions of Real at the back.
    • 58' Real have more control of the game now and it is they who look the more likely to add to their two goals.
    • 57' Great run from Kaka but his ball through to Ronaldo is just too heavy!
    • 55' Ramos is booked for a late challenge on Iraola.
    • 54' Ronaldo's cross into the box is cleared away but the Portuguese star quickly gets it back.
    • 52' Marcelo drives in a cross which is headed well over by Ronaldo.
    • 51' Bilbao have played some really neat football tonight. Bielsa has them functioning well after some early season doubts.
    • 50' It was a definite penalty. Kaka has been bright tonight.
    • 49' Muniain's shot is deflected into the side-netting and Bilbao have a corner.
    • 48' Just the start Bilbao would not have wanted to the second-half.
    • 47' GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO. Ronaldo strikes the ball emphatically into the net and Real lead 2-1!
    • 46' Penalty to Real! Iturraspe pulls back Kaka in the area and is booked.
    • 46' Real get the second-half underway.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. It's been a pretty even game at the Bernabeu.
    • 45+1' There will be two added minutes.
    • 45' Ronaldo commits another foul and is perhaps fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card.
    • 44' Ozil burrows his way into the Bilbao box but the ball is hoofed clear.
    • 43' Real have had only 51% of the possession in the first-half.
    • 41' Casillas has injured himself after coming out to make a challenge on Susaeta but he is up again and will be ok.
    • 40' Ronaldo stretches but cannot quite reach Marcelo's cross at the far post.
    • 39' Kaka wants a penalty after a challenge in the area by Javi Martinez but the ref waves play-on. Real may have won a spot kick for that on another day.
    • 38' Great chance for Llorente but the striker shoots into the side-netting with no defender near him.
    • 37' Kaka shoots into the sidenetting! Real wanted a free-kick for an earlier foul but the ref wasn't having it.
    • 37' Benzema seems to be fine after that earlier ankle injury.
    • 36' Marcelo backheels to Benzema whose low shot is saved by Iraizoz.
    • 35' Ronaldo's shot deflects over for a corner to Real. Lovely piece of skill from Kaka in central midfield prior to that.
    • 34' De Marcos fires in a shot that goes just wide of Casillas' goal.
    • 32' Bilbao are still posing plenty of problems at the other end. One of La Liga's better teams who have not lost in their last six away games.
    • 31' Benzema flicks the ball on but Iraizoz makes the catch.
    • 30' Sergio Ramos plays an inch perfect pass to Arbeloa.
    • 30' De Marcos is flagged for offside. He should have looked along the line.
    • 29' STAT: Since his debut in 2005, Athletic have won 39% of league games with Llorente starting, compared to 26% without him.
    • 28' Ronaldo is booked for a challenge from behind on Susaeta.
    • 26' It was important that Real reacted quickly and they have done just that.
    • 25' De Marcos is booked for a foul on Ozil.
    • 24' GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO. Marcelo levels as he collects a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, plays a give and go with Benzema and caresses the ball past Iraizoz with his left foot!
    • 23' Ronaldo crosses for Benzema who blazes the ball well over. It was a presentable chance for the Frenchman.
    • 23' Granero has another shot which he hits well but Iraizoz deals with it comfortably.
    • 22' Llorente finds himself in a good position but his pass is poor and Xabi Alonso clears up.
    • 21' De Marcos is flagged for offside. Meanwhile, it seems Karim Benzema may have picked up an ankle injury.
    • 19' Bilbao have a measure of control over this game and are looking more dangerous than the home team.
    • 18' Iker Muniain is allowed to carry the ball a long way before shooting at Iker Casillas who pushes his shot out to De Marcos who scuffs tamely wide. A major let-off for Madrid!
    • 17' They will need to do so again if they are to restore their five-point lead over Barca.
    • 16' Real Madrid have won the most games after going behind in the league this season (three).
    • 15' Granero turns but his shot is weak and easily dealt with by Iraizoz.
    • 14' Bilbao have something to hold on to, although there is still 75 minutes left.
    • 12' GOAL! REAL MADRID 0-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO. Llorente volleys the visitors into an early lead as he finishes off a right-wing cross from Javi Martinez!
    • 11' Marcelo's cross aimed towards Ronaldo is punched out by Iraizoz.
    • 10' Ronaldo's free-kick is wide of Gorka Iraizoz's goal.
    • 9' Ronaldo is brought down by Ander Iturraspe and Real have a free-kick in a promising position.
    • 8' Esteban Granero registers the first shot on target after good skill from Mesut Ozil.
    • 7' Fernando Llorente's cross is headed out for a corner my Raphael Varane.
    • 6' Kaka's cross is overhit and Bilbao have a goalkick.
    • 5' A combination of Fernando Amorebieta and Mikel San José clear their lines after Alvaro Arbeloa gets into the box.
    • 4' A good run from Cristiano Ronaldo who is stopped in his tracks by Javi Martinez.
    • 3' An early offside flag goes up against Karim Benzema.
    • 2' If you want to get in touch on Twitter, it's @SCoggin_journo.
    • 1' We are off and underway in Sunday's final Liga match.
    • 20:27 This is Kaka's first start in the league since October 26th. The teams are out on the field at the Bernabeu.
    • 20:25 For Bilbao, Fernando Amorobieta is moved out to left-back as Jon Aurtenetxe is suspended.
    • 20:20 Brazilian playmaker Kaka has been handed a start for Real Madrid. Raphael Varane partners Sergio Ramos in defence with Alvaro Arbeloa returning to right-back after serving his suspension. Pepe, involved in controversy against Barcelona in midweek, is injured and not in the squad. Esteban Granero gets a start in midfield.
    • 20:15 REAL MADRID: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Granero, Xabi; Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo; Benzema. Subs: Adan, Coentrao, Altintop, Albiol, Higuain, Diarra, Callejon. /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz; Iraola, Javi Martinez, San Jose, Amorebieta; Iturraspe, Herrera, De Marcos; Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain. Subs: Toquero, Perez, Ekiza, Fernandez, Gomez, Lopez, Koikili.
    • 20:10 Bilbao have had 5 players sent off in their last 6 games against Real.
    • 20:05 Barcelona closed the gap on Real Madrid to two points with a 4-1 win at Malaga earlier. Can Jose Mourinho's men restore their five-point lead?
    • 20:00 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Athletic Bilbao’s trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

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