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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Live Score and Commentary, La Liga 2017-18

Full time: RMA 1-1 ATH (14' Williams, Ronaldo 87')
Updated: 19 April 2018 02:52 IST - Published: 18 April 2018 13:02 IST
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That was an entertaining game! Bilbao took their chance well and could have had another, but their 'keeper deserves the man of the match award. Kepa was outstanding and easily earned them a point tonight with some jaw-dropping saves. Madrid deserved a point at the very least and will be disappointed not to have won the game. 

This is Amit Mishra and it was a pleasure bringing the game to you! Until next time, see you when I see you!
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Peeep, peeeeeeep, peeeeeeeeep! Full time!
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90+3' Bilbao get a freekick in the Madrid half and should close it out now. 
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90+2' Wow, terrible freekick. Sails over the bar and the Madrid fans express their feelings with their whistles...
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90+1' Madrid get a freekick at the edge of the box! Bale and Kroos on the ball...
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90+1' 3 minutes to be added on...
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90' Lucas crossed it and Ronaldo was in position to replicate his famous goal of Turin, the scissors kick! But it was taken off him by the Bilbao defence!
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89' A lot of nervy defenders on the pitch now. Bilbao were so close. If they lose this, no one will be more disappointed than Kepa who has had an outstanding game!
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Good cross from Carvajal to find Modric at the edge of the box with time to set himself up. The Croat takes a touch and smashes it through a sea of legs. Seems like Ronaldo got a touch! Ha, clever flick!
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87' GOAAAAAAAAAAAL! Ronaldo! Finally!
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86' Madrid have looked so disjointed in the last few minutes. Completely opposite to what we witness in the first half. Nevertheless, they get a corner...
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85' Substitution for Bilbao

Aduriz, ON
Williams, OFF
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84' Marcelo goes down and De Marcos gets booked! The Brazilian isn't happy at all and comes back to have a word with the opposition fullback. Temper tantrums...
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82' Bilbao almost score a second! San Jose made a darting run on the right but his cross was too close to the keeper, Navas. Williams cuts a frustrating figure in the box...
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80' Bale makes a forway after a good pass from Marcelo, but his cross is very weak and Kepa comes out to collect the ball again. Madrid need a moment of inspiration here...
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79' Bilbao manage to stem the Madrid passing a bit by knocking the ball long and upsetting the flow. Not a bad ploy. But it's coming straight back, lads. Still no player who can hold the ball up front...
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78' Isco collects the ball from the corner and dances his way past two Bilbao players on the left. His cross is easily cleared as Bilbao have quite a few numbers in their own box. 
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77' Madrid pressing a lot more now as Bilbao are pinned in their own half. A lot more crosses in the last few minutes. Bilao have defended expertly, however. 
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76' Lucas crosses again but it's well cleared by Nunez again who had Ronaldo lurking behind to head it in. Good reading of the game from the centre-back. 
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74' Lucas with the shot on the half volley but the contact isn't the best! Good lofted cross by Marcelo to find the winger in the first place. 
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73' Lucas breaks, finds Ronaldo. The latter tries to bury it but Nunez does very well to deflect it for a corner. Bilbao survive again. 
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72' Bale nearly reacts quickly to flick it in! Unlucky. Did well to change his body shape. 
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71' Ronaldo is playing as the main striker now as Bale is playing on the left. Isco in a more central role. Kepa is yet to make a good save in the second half for all of Madrid's possession. 
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70' Substitution for Bilbao

Cordoba, OFF
Muniain, ON
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69' Double substitution for Real

Bale and Isco, ON
Benzema and Asensio, OFF
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67' Asensio crosses, but Kepa collects, YET again. Madrid are starting to create more often after that little phase involving Bilbao where they missed a sitter. 
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66' Madrid break this time with Asensio and Ronaldo. The latter backheels for Benzema but the Frenchman's shot is deflected for a corner!
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64' What just happened?!?! Bilbao should have made it two, but the away side just can't finish! De Marcos made a good run on the right and his cross was deflected for Cordoba. He had just Carvajal to beat and hit the ball straight to him! The rebound fell for Garcia who smashed the post! How did they not score?!?!?
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62' Bilbao break but Cordoba's pass was a tad overhit for Williams. He still managed to get to it but his cross, in turn, was pathetic and Madrid clear it away easily. 
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61' Ronaldo goes down but the ref waves it away! Seemed like a shoulder to shoulder challenge and Ronaldo went down a bit too easy. 
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60' Been a very scrappy game so far in the second-half. Madrid haven't put one good move together and Bilbao will be pleased they've upset the rhythm without themselves attacking much. 
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59' Momentary stoppage in play as Ramos is off for treatment. Clash of heads...
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57' Just as I type that, Modric takes a shot from the edge of the box. Wide. You can't beat Kepa from there, not when he's in this kind of form...
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56' Garcia wins a header but Williams couldn't react in time to put it past Navas! Madrid have lost the ascendancy they had in the first half in terms of controlling the game. 
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55' Bilbao are in the lead and can put Madrid to the sword on the break. But they seem so content to do the defending rather than take a gamble and break when Madrid are in transition. 
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54' Bilbao with a bit of possession but they give it away so cheapy as Iturraspe's long pass is overhit. 
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52' Williams is being a good threat, dropping back a few times to help out the midfielders. The movement of the wingers is a bit cagey though. No width at all. 
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51' Bilbao get a corner! Iturraspe to take it...
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50' Lucas tries another darting run down the middle but overruns the ball and Bilbao clear it. Too eager there, the winger...
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49' Madrid don't really have to change anything here. Bilbao, on the other hand, can't afford to expose Kepa as often as they did in the first half. Can't rely on him saving everything!
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48' De Marcos with a cross this time only to be collected by Navas. Pretty even second half so far...
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47' Carvajal tries to put a cross, hoping to find Ronaldo, but who's there to come out and collect the ball? Kepa!
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46' Not a bad start by Bilbao as Williams could have been through on goal had the passing been a bit better! 
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We're back underway at the Bernabeu! Bilbao get us started, shooting from left to right...
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Halftime at the Bernabeu. Madrid have absolutely dominated yet find themselves behind. Lucas and Asensio have been pretty active and Ronaldo has hit the post. 

The story of the first half is undoubtedly Kepa Arrizabalaga. Unbelievable reflexes to deny the Madrid attackers. We'll be back soon! Stick around, ladies and gents!
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45+2' Benzema is found well by Ronaldo but the Frenchman runs straight into Iturraspe. And that's that!
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45+1' Two minutes have been added on. As I type that, Lucas is booked. Another good run but he was dispossessed. He tried to win the ball back but fouled Mikel in the process. 
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44' Madrid with 73% possession, and more than 10 shots. Kepa: You shall not pass...
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43' WHAT THE HELL?!?! Asensio and Lucas combine well and the latter takes a shot that Kepa had no right to save. How the hell did he save that?!? This seems like a training session with Madrid playing against just one keeper who seems like he is on steroids!
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42' Madrid have sort of taken the foot of their gas. Partly because Jose Ziganda is furious on the touchline after his side have been decimated yet are somehow in the lead. Bilbao pressing here...