La Liga

  • Aduriz 26’
1 Half Time 0
La Liga
San Mamés Barria
Attendance 52,600


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
    • 90'
      Rico has gone off for Toquero as we enter the final seconds of this game. It's all happening at the Bilbao end. Jese's cross is only cleared to Silva at the top of the box, but his wild effort elicits a loud cheer from the crowd. They're nearly there!
    • 45'
      Bale challenges for a corner but Iraizoz and Gurpegi combine to get rid of the danger. Madrid are a very tall team with a few height mismatches on Bilbao, but they haven't been able to exploit that in any manner.
    • 90'
      SI Toquero SO Mikel Rico
    • 90'
      Mikel Rico is done for the day. Toquero is his replacement.
    • 0'
      That will be it from me. I've been Keeghann Sinanan and it's goodbye for now!
    • 0'
      New San Mames erupts in an ear-splitting roar as their side put a huge dent in Madrid's title challenge. Aduriz's opening goal in the first half was enough to put los Blancos to the sword, and los Leones defended with their lives to close out the victory. Madrid simply could not turn their possessio
    • 0'
      That will do it for the first half. Bilbao have a thoroughly deserved 1-0 lead at the break thanks to Aduriz's superbly worked header. The hosts have stifled Madrid at every turn, with Ancelotti cutting a pensive figure on the touchline. His side have a lot to improve if they are to get back in this
    • 0'
      With injuries in key positions an enduring problem for Ancelotti, the Italian makes only one change from the Villarreal draw, after speculation that he could well stick with the same lineup that took the field against the Yellow Submarine. Asier Illarramendi gets another chance to prove his worth, w
    • 0'
      Ernesto Valverde makes only two changes from the midweek cup win against Espanyol. Gorka Iraizoz returns in goal for the home side in place of Iago Herrerin, while Benat mans the midfield, with Mikel San Jose making way.
    • 0'
      Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegi, Etxeita, Balenziaga; Benat, Mikel Rico; Williams, De Marcos, Muniain; Aduriz.
    • 0'
      Madrid have only lost one of their last 19 meetings with Bilbao, outscoring the Basques 60-14 while winning an incredible 17 games during that span. Their most recent encounter was the reverse fixture earlier in the season, where los Merengues ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at the Bernabeu.
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao come into this game having booked their place in the final of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 second-leg win over Espanyol. They've lost just one of their previous six outings in the league, which includes wins in their last three games without conceding. European football may still elud
    • 0'
      With Barca not in action until Sunday, Madrid can open up a provisional five-point lead at the top of the table. A 1-1 draw against Villarreal last time out has Carlo Ancelotti in the mood for a response from his team, judging by his pre-match comments. The capital side have the best away record in
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Liga clash between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. Los Blancos have been watching nervously with Barcelona only two points behind them in the league, and will want to win here to put the pressure back on the Blaugrana. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designa
    • 1'
      We're underway in the new San Mames!
    • 3'
      Aduriz misses the target narrowly as the crowd roars on Bilbao early in the game. On the next play, Benzema is caught offside when trying to latch onto Isco's feed. Calm start to proceedings.
    • 5'
      Bilbao are rushing bodies forward in the opening exchanges to press the Madrid back four into mistakes. Los Blancos' defence have collectively been a picture of composure so far though.
    • 7'
      Los Leones have also done well to close down space in their own half, with Benat regularly dropping into the back line to help double up on the man on the ball. Great start from the hosts against fearsome opposition.
    • 9'
      Casillas plucks a corner out of the air and attempts to start a break the other way with a quick release to Benzema, but Gurpegi is quickly across to snuff out the attack before it ever gets legs.
    • 11'
      Such a potentially open game we have on our hands. The visitor are starting to flex their muscles on the ball, but Bilbao's staunch pressure has still prevented them from really getting out and running.
    • 13'
      CLOSE CALL! Carvajal takes control of the ball down the flank and turns a pass towards Benzema, but the striker can't find the target with a defender in the way. First real sign of intent from los Blancos.
    • 15'
      Madrid are setting up camp in the opposition half now. Bilbao are under real pressure, with a lot of attacks channeled down the home side's left-hand flank. Entertaining stuff!
    • 17'
      Illarramendi attempts to skip over Williams, and even though the midfielder goes in with both legs, he gets a good piece of the ball and stops the attack from developing down the left-hand side.
    • 19'
      A real back-and forth flow developing to this contest. Bilbao have shown no fear against their illustrious opponents, but they may want to watch that their challenges don't slip too far into illegal territory.
    • 21'
      Madrid are starting to figure out how to evade the waves of Bilbao pressure now, and are facilitating some enticing passes into space down the flanks. We haven't really seen Bale or Ronaldo flex their muscles yet though.
    • 23'
      Madrid are attempting to catch the Bilbao defence high up the pitch with a series of high balls over the top. Iraizoz has been faultless coming off his line though, always getting first to the delivery.
    • 25'
      Aduriz holds onto the ball at the top of the D, but his attempted lob into Williams ends up as dinner for Casillas. The striker has been a livewire leading the line. It's been captivating watching his attempts to split the centre-backs.
    • 26'
      G Aduriz Assist Mikel Rico
    • 26'
      Mikel Rico provided the assist.
    • 26'
      BILBAO HAVE BROKEN THE DEADLOCK! Rico floats a heavenly ball into the area that hangs perfectly between Pepe and Varane, and Aduriz can't help but leap to send a punishing header into the corner!
    • 28'
      That, folks, is how you score a header. Rico's cross was the kind that would even have Mathieu Valbuena believing that he could fly. And the way that Aduriz hung in the air to attack it...just poetry.
    • 30'
      Aduriz is yellow-carded.
    • 30'
      T. Kroos goes into the referee's book.
    • 30'
      YELLOW CARDS! The home fans are up in arms after Iraola is left in a heap thanks to a sloppy challenge from Kroos. There's a coming-together, and Aduriz's reaction was the worst of the bunch, earning him a booking alongside the German.
    • 32'
      Madrid attempt to hit back down at the other end with a spell of possession around the box, but los Blancos haven't been able to find the outside-in movement that normally characterizes their play.
    • 34'
      Rico continues to impress me with his play so far. Let's forget his assist for a second. He's driven his team forward on the ball and shown great composure when faced with pressure from white shirts.
    • 36'
      Williams has put in an almighty defensive shift out on the flank. He doubles back to the edge of his own box to make another perfectly timed sliding challenge, this time to prevent Carvajal from making a dangerous burst.
    • 38'
      Madrid have looked decidedly laboured in this half. Is this their injury list starting to take its toll? There hasn't been much room for squad rotation in certain positions, with some players starting twice a week, every week.
    • 39'
      Etxeita is cautioned by the referee.
    • 40'
      Ronaldo hasn't had much luck in this game but he does draw a foul off Etxeita, who is booked for his troubles. You get the feeling that Valverde won't mind a card here and there if it keeps Madrid disjointed like this.
    • 41'
      Illarramendi gets yellow.
    • 42'
      Illarramendi becomes the latest player to get the referee reaching into his pocket for the yellow card. He nearly takes a piece out of Muniain's ankle and is deservedly given a caution.
    • 44'
      Athletic Bilbao have worked their socks off to a man. Madrid haven't had a chance that would seriously worry Valverde. Half time is only moments away and I doubt that there will be much stoppage time.
    • 46'
      The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 48'
      Muniain feeds a clever reverse ball infield for Williams, who shows great dexterity and balance to evade three players. He gets a shot away, but the ball doesn't make it through a crowd of players.
    • 50'
      BALENZIAGA WITH AN INCREDIBLE CHALLENGE! Madird have los Leones on the ropes, with Isco feeding Ronaldo down the left. The Portuguese tees up Benzema to a seemingly inevitable finish almost on the goal line, but the Bilbao full-back slides in with impeccable timing!
    • 51'
      My word has Williams impressed me today. He's been all over the pitch defensively, and shows more silky footwork to feed Balenziaga inside Carvajal, but the defender can't sort out his feet in time!
    • 52'
      CRUCIAL TOUCH FROM IRAIZOZ! Madrid counter from that last broken-down Bilbao attack, and Bale storms to the byline down the right, squaring into the six-yard area. The home side's keeper palms the ball away ahead of the onrushing Ronaldo though!
    • 54'
      Aduriz controls a cross-field ball and has the defence guessing on the turn. Williams makes a run in support, but the striker goes for goal himself, firing right down the throat of Casillas.
    • 56'
      A roaring start to the second period with openings at either end. Madrid have gotten closer in 10 second-half minutes than they have at any other point in the first 45. More goals in this one for sure.
    • 58'
      Sometimes it's easy to forget that Aduriz is 34 years old. The striker has notched 18 goals in all competitions in three of his last four seasons, and has matched that tally now in 2014-15 with his opener here.
    • 60'
      An hour gone now and Bilbao continue to hold Madrid to nothing. They must surely be starting to believe! I can't remember Iraizoz having to make a save other than palming away Bale's cross earlier in this half.
    • 62'
      No changes yet from either side. Bilbao have been under pressure for the last few minutes with Madrid dominating possession. Valverde might want to freshen up a few of those legs for the final defensive shift. Madrid, meanwhile, may look to players like Chicharito and Jese to find the breakthrough.
    • 64'
      SI Susaeta SO Mikel Rico
    • 64'
      Muniain is done for the day. Susaeta is his replacement.
    • 64'
      Iraizoz continues to time his rushes off his line to perfection. Benzema looked to be in down the left side of the box, but the keeper meets him before he can take his second touch.
    • 66'
      This half has become one-way traffic. Madrid are all over Bilbao, and there's been one or two gaps that would worry me if I was Ernesto Valverde. The man himself makes his first change, taking off Muniain and bringing on Susaeta.
    • 68'
      Looks like Jese will be joining us soon from the bench. The atmosphere is still spirited inside the stadium, but there's an element of tension as the home fans watch their team struggle to get out of their own half.
    • 70'
      Williams has an incredible engine! The winger eats up the ground down the left again, and has two players rushing forward in support. Benat is the closest, but he's heavily marked and can't turn to face goal once Williams played him the pass.
    • 71'
      SI Jesé SO Mikel Rico
    • 71'
      Jesé enters the game and replaces Illarramendi.
    • 72'
      Varane bounces a header off his own shoulder and out for a goal kick as Madrid finalize their change. Illarramendi has been replaced by Jese. Benzema and Ronaldo up top together now, with Jese and Bale on the flanks. It's a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-4, depending on the phase of play.
    • 74'
      Isco is yellow-carded.
    • 74'
      IRAIZOZ AGAIN! Really, he has given a clinic on how to command his area on the ground. Fleet-footed again, the keeper speeds out to meet Ronaldo, who had raced in behind the defence!
    • 75'
      SI Guillermo Fernández SO Mikel Rico
    • 75'
      Guillermo Fernández comes on for Iñaki Williams.
    • 75'
      Williams receives a thoroughly deserved standing ovation as his number is called on the sidelines. What a mighty and complete performance from the 20-year-old. Guillermo replaces him.
    • 76'
      SI Lucas Silva SO Mikel Rico
    • 76'
      Lucas Silva comes on for T. Kroos.
    • 77'
      LOS LEONES HIT THE WOODWORK! Guillermo, fresh off the bench, hooks a cross to the back post. Carvajal's headed clearance is instead a great set up for Aduriz, who attacks the ball centrally under pressure from Pepe. He beats the Portuguese in the air once again, but his effort rebounds off the post
    • 78'
      Gurpegi gets yellow.
    • 79'
      The home fans are encouraged by a great spell of pressure from their side in the last few minutes. It's had the added effect of keeping Madrid far away from Iraizoz. Meanwhile, Ancelotti readies Chicharito.
    • 80'
      SI J. Hernández SO Mikel Rico
    • 80'
      K. Benzema is replaced with J. Hernández.
    • 81'
      Indeed, Chicharito comes on for Benzema. Final throw of the dice from Ancelotti with less than 10 minutes remaining for them to find a way back into the game. San Mames holds its collective breath.
    • 84'
      Barcelona square off against Rayo Vallecano in tomorrow's early Liga kickoff. Should this scoreline endure, then a win for the Catalans will put them top of the table outright!
    • 86'
      Marcelo receives a yellow card.
    • 86'
      SO CLOSE TO A STUNNING LEVELER! Bale clips an effort nearly from the halfway line that catches Iraizoz in no man's land. The Welshman would tell you that he meant it as the Bilbao keeper scrambles and watches the ball rebound off the woodwork. Jese keeps it alive but his follow up is deflected wide!
    • 88'
      There's still some space for Bilbao to exploit on the attack, but most of their forays forward have been with the explicit purpose of wasting time and keeping the ball out of their own defensive third.
    • 90'
      On the cusp of stoppage time now as Iraizoz snatches a cross out of the evening sky. Meanwhile, the cyborg Rico has finally shown human weakness, going down with what looks like pure fatigue. Still, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be proud.

    Line Up

    Daniel Carvajal


    Unai López
    Iñaki Williams


    Marcelino García Toral
    Zinedine Zidane



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 17 12
    Yellow Cards 3 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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