La Liga

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 3’
  • J. Rodríguez 37’
  • T. Kroos 45’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 87’
  • 10’ Eraso
  • 90’ Elustondo
14/02/2016
La Liga
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Attendance 77,364

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      And that will do it from the Bernabeu. Madrid pick up another win in an entertaining affair against Athletic. Ronaldo stole the show with two goals and an assist to keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of the table. Athletic had their chances and took two of them, but see their hopes of a top-f
    • 0'
      And that will do it for the first half as Madrid have a 3-1 lead over Athletic that doesn't quite tell the story of the game. There's been chances and entertaiment at both ends of the pitch. Ronaldo opened the scoring but Eraso tied things up not long after. Two accurate finishes from James and Kroo
    • 0'
      The suspended pair of Inaki Williams and Mikel San Jose are both replaced in the XI by Sabin Merino and Ander Iturraspe. Aritz Aduriz will lead the line as usual for the visitors, with the striker on 25 goals in all competitions this season already.
    • 0'
      Marcelo and Isco both miss out for the hosts, meaning that Danilo and Mateo Kovacic are handed starts by Zinedine Zidane. James Rodriguez continues on the right side of the front three given that Gareth Bale is still missing with a calf issue.
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao subs: Viguera, Boveda, Elustondo, Iago Herrerin, Mikel Rico, Gurpegi, Muniain.
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Iraizoz; Lekue, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga; Benat, Iturraspe; De Marcos, Eraso, Sabin; Aduriz.
    • 0'
      Real Madrid subs: Casilla, Nacho, Casemiro, Arbeloa, Lucas Vazquez, Jese, Isco.
    • 0'
      Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Danilo; Modric, Kroos, Kovacic; James, Benzema, Ronaldo.
    • 0'
      Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 12 games against Athletic, and have beaten them in each of their last 10 trips to the Bernabeu in la Liga. The reverse fixture this season ended in a 2-1 win for loa Blancos at San Mames. Both sides will be in action in Europe midweek, with Madrid facing
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao can climb provisionally above Sevilla into fifth place if they upset los Blancos here. The problem is that it they're currently a full 10 points behind fourth-place Villarreal - who they played a goalless stalemate with last time out. The top four looks a slim possibility for Ernesto
    • 0'
      Real Madrid can move to within a point of Barcelona with victory here - but they'll have played two games more by the time the final whistle sounds at the Bernabeu. They haven't lost since a 1-0 reverse to Villarreal two months ago and have won six of their last eight in the league, including a last
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Liga clash between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu. The hosts need to keep winning to maintain their chances of the title, while the visitors are looking to edge closer to the top four in the coming weeks. Stick with us for all the acti
    • 1'
      Off we go!
    • 3'
      G Cristiano Ronaldo Assist K. Benzema
    • 3'
      Benzema set tham one up with a pass into the run of the Portuguese, who did the rest.
    • 3'
      MADRID HAVE LIFT OFF! Barely three minutes into the game, the home side take the lead as Ronaldo accelerates past his man to smash a finish into the back of the net!
    • 5'
      An accomplished finish from Ronaldo has put Athletic's early game plan in some distress, and the home side continue to apply the pressure in the final third. Dangerous times for los Leones.
    • 7'
      Aduriz is crowded out of a chance, and Madrid break with some conviction. The home team just look so capable and promising whenever they advance through the midfield, with Athletic struggling to close gaps.
    • 9'
      Aduriz glances a header the wrong side of the post, before Ronaldo's through pass finds Kovacic deep on the left-hand side, but his lashed ball to the far post is just about deflected away!
    • 10'
      G Eraso Assist K. Benzema
    • 10'
      ATHLETIC ARE LEVEL! That was a terrible error from Varane, whose back pass under pressure forced Navas to tip the ball into the path of Eraso, who did the rest from close range!
    • 12'
      This match has been incredibly open since the first whistle, and now Athletic are back square again. What an awful decision by Varane to try to pass that back to Navas when a clearance was the only sensible option.
    • 14'
      Moments after a James pass into Benzema was smothered at the feet of the French striker by the kepeer, Etxeita sends Ronaldo flying on the corner of the box, and is booked.
    • 15'
      NOT A BAD LOOK! Ronaldo steps up to take that free-kick himself, and hammers a dangerous low ball to the far post that was just begging for a touch which never arrived!
    • 16'
      Varane is showing some real nerves here, with a few poor passes since his role in the Athletic goal. Now, he fouls the dangerous Aduriz, and gets himself a yellow card.
    • 18'
      CLOSE TO ANOTHER FOR ATHLETIC! The visitors continue to turn it up here, with Balenziaga's cross aimed towards the head of Aduriz, whose effort is diverted away by Navas!
    • 20'
      You might have expected Madrid to add to Ronaldo's opener given their start to the game, but Athletic have produced an incredible response and are now the side firmly in the ascendancy.
    • 22'
      Ronaldo is denied a route towards goal as Madrid put together a solid period to repel some Athletic pressure. There's still a decent amount of space on the wings for the hosts to exploit.
    • 24'
      GREAT STOP BY IRAIZOZ! The Athletic keeper springs to his right to push away a menacing header from Danilo, who had charged in at the near post to pummel a powerful effort on target!
    • 26'
      Carvajal is forced back onto his right foot after failing to beat his man to the byline, but his cross into the area is menacing, and Iraizoz needs to show safe hands to claim that ball ahead of Ronaldo.
    • 28'
      This has been a good period for Madrid in the last few minutes. Athletic have been dependent on Iraizoz to command his area in the last few minutes as the crosses have started to come in.
    • 30'
      NEARLY AN UNORTHODOX GO-AHEAD GOAL! Athletic come within inches of taking the lead for the first time as Aduriz's cross suddenly heads on target, smacking the crossbar with Navas stranded!
    • 32'
      Laporte comes up with a tremendous block to deny James what looked like a goal after the Colombian made contact on a delivery from Ronaldo. It's pulsating, end-to-end stuff at the moment!
    • 34'
      WHAT A MISS! The excellent Aduriz makes the right decision in the final third once again, getting space down the right and delivering a low cut-back into De Marcos, who slashes his finish horribly wide.
    • 36'
      Kovacic is crunched to the turf by a commanding and legal challenge from Laporte on the edge of the area. Moments later, Aduriz is denied a penalty after the ball left his feet and appeared to hit Ramos on the arm.
    • 37'
      G J. Rodríguez Assist K. Benzema
    • 37'
      Danilo played the pass into James for the opener but really, the Colombian deserved all the credit for that.
    • 37'
      QUALITY FROM JAMES! The Colombian takes the ball on about 25 yards out, drives towards goal and cuts onto his left foot before unleashing a wonderful effort into the corner from the edge of the area!
    • 39'
      Massive goal for Madrid, and you could say that it came against the run of play. This has been an excellent match with regular action at both ends of the field! The scoring doesn't look anywhere near done.
    • 41'
      Aduriz turns provider once again to set up Merino with a cross, but Carvajal does enough to get the ball over the bar. The striker has been an absolute nightmare for Ramos and especially Varane to deal with.
    • 43'
      Balenziaga is the latest player to be booked after having a nibble at Modric down the Athletic right flank. He's gotten forward a fair bit here, but has also surrendered one or two gaps.
    • 45'
      G T. Kroos Assist K. Benzema
    • 45'
      Great play from Ronaldo to set that one up, with the Portuguese cutting in from the left to play the ball magnetically into the feet of Kroos.
    • 45'
      KROOS SENDS MADRID TWO AHEAD! The German drifted into space inside the area and took a pass from Ronaldo on the turn, before hammering a low finish past Iraizoz!
    • 46'
      Here we go again.
    • 48'
      No changes to report from the break, although Madrid did start the second half a man short as Zidane was late out of the dressing room, and had to hurry to get his blazer on in time.
    • 50'
      The second period has started in stark contrast to the opening frame, with a dearth of goalmouth action so far. By this time in the first half, Madrid had already taken the lead and threatened a second.
    • 52'
      THAT WAS CLOSE! After De Marcos fouled Benzema on the edge of the box, Ronaldo takes aim from the resulting set-piece. It rebounds off the wall, but the Portuguese hammers the loose ball towards the bottom corner, forcing Iraizoz to push away!
    • 54'
      Madrid have been on top in this half, passing the ball well, but apart from that Ronaldo chance, there's not been much to talk about in terms of goalscoring opportunities.
    • 56'
      Ronaldo is just about denied a chance to cut the ball back into a dangerous area, after he was fed far down the flank by a great piece of awareness and vision from Benzema.
    • 58'
      Madrid have just been lacking a whiff of accuracy on their final pass. Athletic have shown nothing in attack since the restart, and are unable to keep a hold of the ball for more than a few beats.
    • 60'
      James beats his first man down the left-hand side and just before the challenge comes in from the second player, he slides the ball forward for Ronaldo, but he's then blocked from his cross.
    • 62'
      SI Elustondo SO K. Benzema
    • 62'
      Madrid have dominated the ball in this game, holding nearly two-thirds of the possession. They've also completed almost three times the number of passes as Athletic in this match.
    • 62'
      Iturraspe departs and Elustondo is introduced in the first change of the game for either side.
    • 64'
      First glimpse at a chance for Athletic in the second half, with De Marcos having the chance to pick out Aduriz, but not for the first time in this game, he gets his angles all wrong and the play evaporates.
    • 66'
      Kovacic accepts a pass from his compatriot Modric, but his shot was always rising. Moments later, Athletic are back down the field in space, but Aduriz can't keep the ball under pressure from two players.
    • 66'
      Balenziaga has put in some strong deliveries in this game, and once more, the full-back hoists in a great ball for Merino to attack, but he glances his header the wrong side of the post.
    • 68'
      SI Nacho SO K. Benzema
    • 68'
      Danilo is sacrificed for Nacho as Madrid make a change.
    • 68'
      MASSIVE SAVE! Kroos gets his pocket picked and concedes a dangerous attack, which sees the ball played into Aduriz centrally. However, Navas is quick off his line to block his finish!
    • 69'
      SI Muniain SO K. Benzema
    • 69'
      Lekue has been wthdrawn for Muniain in an attacking change for the visitors.
    • 71'
      The substitute Muniain is given a rough introduction by Modric, who clatters into him and gets booked in the process. The Croatian hasn't been quite as influential as his previous game against Granada.
    • 72'
      SI Isco SO K. Benzema
    • 72'
      Kovacic departs and on comes Isco.
    • 73'
      The recent raft of substitutions has killed what little momentum was in this match, which will suit Madrid just fine. It looks like they're closing in on an 11th straight Bernabeu win against Athletic.
    • 75'
      Madrid continue to suck the life out of this game and any attempted comeback by Athletic. Their passing is methodical and considered, and is making the visitors do all the work chasing.
    • 77'
      Madrid will move to within a point of leaders Barcelona if this score holds, although the Catalans will have two games in hand. Athletic, meanwhile, could probably kiss the top four goodbye if this result stays the same and Villarreal win this weekend.
    • 79'
      CHANCE ON THE COUNTER! Ronaldo leads a three-on-two break for the home side and spreads the ball down the line for James, who takes a little too long to cut inside and sees his shot blocked.
    • 80'
      SI Lucas Vázquez SO K. Benzema
    • 80'
      SI Viguera SO K. Benzema
    • 80'
      Merino departs for Borja Viguera in Athletic's final change.
    • 80'
      That was James' last contribution as Lucas Vazquez enters in his place.
    • 81'
      Ronaldo drives down the left-hand side and has space to pick his spot. He effortlessly shifts the ball onto his right foot and sets up to drive it into the bottom corner, but Iraizoz read that well and saves.
    • 83'
      SECOND YELLOW AND VARANE IS OFF! The defender went up high in a challenge with Aduriz, and the referee sees fit to brandish another booking in his direction. Madrid will finish this game with 10 men!
    • 85'
      You get the sense that even with the man advantage, that stroke of fortune has come a little too late for Athletic to profit. They force a corner and play it short, but nothing comes of it.
    • 87'
      G Cristiano Ronaldo Assist K. Benzema
    • 87'
      Lovely delivery from Vazquez to find Ronaldo at the far post.
    • 87'
      SUPERB SECOND FOR RONALDO! The Portuguese controls a cross on his chest, steps inside his man and absolutely cannons his finish into the back of the net! No chance for Iraizoz!
    • 89'
      Isco does well at the top of the box, and the ball is deflected kindly into the path of Ronaldo. He's on a hat-trick and he knows it as he immediately tries to slide it home, but Iraizoz sticks out a leg to save!
    • 90'
      G Elustondo Assist K. Benzema
    • 90'
      A peach of a cross from De Marcos to set that one up.
    • 90'
      ELUSTONDO PULLS ONE BACK! He arrives into the centre of the area just ahead of his man and glances a header that beats Navas at full stretch! A well-placed effort!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    spain
    Daniel Carvajal
    2
    Defender
    spain
    Sergio Ramos
    4
    Captain
    Defender
    spain
    Nacho
    6
    68'Substituted
    Midfielder
    spain
    Lucas Vázquez
    17
    80'Substituted
    Midfielder
    spain
    Isco
    22
    72'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Midfielder
    brazil
    Casemiro
    14
    Goalkeeper
    spain
    Iago Herrerín
    25

    MANAGERS

    france
    Zinedine Zidane
    spain
    Marcelino García Toral

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

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

    POSSESSION

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

    ATTACK

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

    DEFENCE

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

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 6 7
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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