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Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Live Score and Commentary

Athletic Club
FT
1 - 2
Real Madrid
Aduriz 65'
25' K. Benzema
68' Casemiro
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A very crucial three points for Real Madrid - it wasn't vintage Madrid from the visitors, but they stuck to their gameplan, with Zidane's tactics paying off.

Benzema opened the scoring from Cristiano's assist in the 25th minute, only for Aduriz to equalize in the second half with a well taken header. Casemiro stole a goal from a corner to restore Madrid's lead in the 68th minute, which ultimately proved to be the winner as Madrid saw out the rest of the game.

That's it from me, Sunaadh Sagar, today. Thanks for following along with us and do check back for all of the post-match analysis and reaction.

Adios!
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FT: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid
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90+3' Keylor Navas gets booked for time-wasting.
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90+2' The home side waste their set-piece delivery, not even clearing the first man. They do recover the ball, with Muniain chipping the ball to Inaki in the box, but Navas comes out to nick the ball off him.
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90' 3 minutes of added time, as Bilbao have a free-kick on the right wing.
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90' Oh Inaki....

He's too good for this side. The Bilbao winger produces an ingenious backheel into the box for De Marcos on the overlap, but the fullback did not anticipate it and the chance is wasted.
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88' Bilbao are really getting desperate here - Balenziaga floats a cross from the left into the box, but Navas comfortable collects the resulting header - as there is no pace on the ball.
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86' Benzema comes off to be replaced by Alvaro Morata
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85' Yeray is lucky to escape a yellow card with a dangerously high boot that is inches away from connecting with Casemiro's face. The Brazilian flinches and later asks the referee for a yellow card, only to be stonewalled.
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83' The substitutions have worked to take the sting out of the game. Bilbao still have most of the ball, but Madrid look comfortable in keeping their defensive shape and not allowing any clear chances.
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80' Benat is replaced by Mikel Rico
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79' Cristiano Ronaldo goes off to huge jeers from the Bilbao crowd, and is replaced by Isco.

He wasn't at his best today, but still got two assists. The mark of a champion.
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77' OOOF! Navas makes another save - who else but Inaki Williams! The Bilbao youngster hammers a low drive from a narrow angle, only for Madrid's keeper to ensure they still have the lead.
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75' Inaki Williams has been Bilbao's best outlet so far - but Marcelo has now come to grips with him, ensuring that he's not given any space right now.
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72' NEARLY!!! Real Madrid almost fashion a superb team-goal - Marcelo and Benzema exchange two consecutive 1-2s down the left wing, with Benzema's shot blocked and Marcelo firing the rebound over.
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70' Toni Kroos goes into the book for a very poor challenge on Dani Carvajal. 
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68' THE EASIEST OF GOALS! Kroos swings a superb ball into the box - Ronaldo flicks the balls on to the far post, where Casemiro is unmarked. He keeps his cool to control the ball and tap the ball home from 2 yards out. Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid
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68' GOAAAAL CASEMIRO!!!
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67' Real Madrid have responded to losing their lead - Lucas Vazquez swings in a cross from the right, earning a corner.
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65' WHAT WAS I SAYING ABOUT HEADERS?! Inaki Williams swings a cross to the far post where Raul Garcia is - he heads the ball back across goal for Aduriz, who responds by nodding the ball into the net from close range. Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid
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65' GOOOAAAAL!!! ARITZ ADURIZ!!!
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63' GREAT SAVE! De Marcos powers in a low cross from the right. Inaki Williams shoots at the near post on the run with a smart finish, only for Navas to deny him with a reflex save.
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61' Lucas Vazquez comes on to replace Luca Modric for Real Madrid.

I have no idea what formation this is now. Really, none.
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60' Marcelo seems to be limping as De Marcos clattered into him on the touchline. The Brazilian walks about a bit gingerly as Bilbao continue to attack down his wing.
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59' Iker Muniain comes on to replace Inigo Lekue for Athletic Bilbao

I lift my pox, you teeny wizard.
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56' Marcelo, rated by some as the world's best leftback, is absolutely SKINNED by Inaki Williams on the wings, before the Bilbao speedster chips a ball into the box. Navas spares his Brazilian teammate the blushes by claiming the cross.
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54' Casemiro has transformed into Scholes today - that's the umpteenth time he has chipped a ball to Bale on the left, who dawdles on the ball and finds his shot blocked for a corner.

Needless to say, nothing happens from the set-piece.
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52' OOOH! Marcelo pings the most beautiful cross-field diagonal you will see this weekend to Benzema on the right, but the Frenchman ruins all that by standing in an offside position. You were looking across the line, monsieur!
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51' Toni Kroos is too generous for his own good. He finds himself in space on the right edge of the box, but instead of shooting from a narrow angle, chips the ball to the far post, where Bilbao clear the ball for a corner. Madrid do nothing with the set-piece - I sense a pattern here.
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49' All Bilbao at the moment - Inaki Williams earns a corner of Marcelo as the home side ramp up the pressure. Benat to take...

Aymeric Laporte rises high at the far post, but heads wide of goal from Benat's delivery.
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46' WHAT A START! Inaki Williams sends in a hopeful cross from the right. Aduriz leaps like the world's most graceful salmon to head the ball towards goal - Ramos and Navas get in an almighty mix up, with Nacho clearing the ball decisively to bail his teammates out.
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46' PEEP PEEP PEEP! Real Madrid get us underway in the second half!
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The teams are back out onto the pitch - Kickoff is moments away!
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Karim Benzema has equalled 9-time La Liga champion Amancio Amaro's tally of 119 league goals for Real Madrid.

(Commence furious googling of Amancio Amaro)
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The 49,095 strong crowd inside San Mames has been thoroughly entertained in an absorbing first half. Real Madrid have the lead, but Bilbao have gone close to scoring multiple times themselves. This game is certainly not done and dusted just yet - there's plenty of hope for the home side in the second half.

Either way, as things stand, Madrid are 5 points clear at the top of the La Liga table. Will it remain the same at the end of 90 minutes? We'll find out in the second half!
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HT: Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid
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45+1' Casemiro is caught by Aduriz and rolls about on the floor rather dramatically, trying to  get the Bilbao striker sent off. The ref's not buying that.
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45' 1 minute of added time.
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45' Real Madrid hack the ball out of danger as the ball falls to Balenziaga in the box. He doesn't score many - just the one in his entire career - and that's not increasing anytime soon, going by his weak effort.
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44' He's back - Benzema walks off the pain and comes back on as play resumes. Benat heads over and extends an apology - all very gentlemanly this - where are the handbags from 10 minutes ago?!
90'+3'
K. Navas
Susaeta
Raúl García
86'
85'
Álvaro Morata
K. Benzema
79'
Isco
Cristiano Ronaldo
Mikel Rico
Beñat
79'
71'
T. Kroos
68'
Casemiro
assist: Cristiano Ronaldo
Aduriz
assist: Raúl García
65'
62'
Lucas Vázquez
L. Modrić
Muniain
Lekue
59'
31'
Casemiro
28'
Daniel Carvajal
Aduriz
28'
25'
K. Benzema
assist: Cristiano Ronaldo
Match time Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 08:45 PM
Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Zinédine Zidane (Manager)
26
Kepa
24
Balenziaga
4
A. Laporte
27
Yeray Álvarez
18
De Marcos
8
Iturraspe
7
Beñat
15
Lekue
22
Raúl García
11
Iñaki Williams
20
Aduriz
1
K. Navas
12
Marcelo
4
Sergio Ramos
6
Nacho
2
Daniel Carvajal
8
T. Kroos
14
Casemiro
19
L. Modrić
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
9
K. Benzema
11
G. Bale
Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Zinédine Zidane (Manager)
Athletic Club Subs
2
Bóveda
3
Elustondo
1
Iraizoz
10
Muniain
17
Mikel Rico
25
Saborit
14
Susaeta
Real Madrid Subs
22
Isco
13
Kiko Casilla
16
M. Kovačić
21
Álvaro Morata
10
J. Rodríguez
17
Lucas Vázquez
23
Danilo
53% POSSESSION 47%
12 SHOTS 9
5 SHOTS ON GOAL 4
17 FOULS 13
5 CORNERS 5
4 OFFSIDES 5
1 YELLOW CARDS 4
0 RED CARDS 0
2 SAVES 4
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group
1 Barcelona 9 8 1 0 23 25
2 Valencia 9 6 3 0 15 21
3 Real Madrid 9 6 2 1 11 20
4 Atlético Madrid 9 5 4 0 9 19
5 Leganés 9 5 2 2 5 17
6 Villarreal 9 5 1 3 5 16
7 Real Betis 9 5 1 3 2 16
8 Sevilla 9 5 1 3 1 16
9 Real Sociedad 8 4 1 3 2 13
10 Celta de Vigo 9 3 2 4 4 11
11 Athletic Club 9 3 2 4 0 11
12 Levante UD 9 2 5 2 -2 11
13 Getafe 9 2 3 4 1 9
14 Espanyol 8 2 3 3 -4 9
15 Deportivo La Coruña 8 2 2 4 -7 8
16 Eibar 9 2 1 6 -17 7
17 Girona 8 1 3 4 -6 6
18 Las Palmas 9 2 0 7 -15 6
19 Deportivo Alavés 9 1 0 8 -11 3
20 Málaga 9 0 1 8 -16 1
Updated: Mar 18, 2017 22:40 PM | Published: Mar 18, 2017 20:22 PM