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Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid

By Matt DavisBBC Sport
Karim Benzema
Benzema scored his 16th goal of the season against Athletic

Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to five points with a narrow win against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Stadium.

Second-placed Barcelona, who have played the same amount of games as Real, host Valencia on Sunday.

Real, who are chasing their first league title since 2011-12, went ahead through Karim Benzema on 25 minutes.

Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz equalised on 65 minutes, before Casemiro scored the winner three minutes later.

Athletic went into the game with the second-best home record in the league behind Real, and boasting just one defeat all season at the San Mames, which came against Barcelona in August.

Real weathered some early pressure to take the lead as Cristiano Ronaldo squared for Benzema and the France striker placed a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The first half was a heated affair with Casemiro, Dani Carvajal and Aduriz all booked.

Athletic almost equalised immediately after the break, as Aduriz sent a header towards the far post and Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos got in each other's way, before the defender managed to clear.

The impressive Inaki Williams was Athletic's best attacker and gave Marcelo a torrid time on the left. The 22-year-old, who has been linked with Liverpool, forced Navas into a good save from point-blank range on 64 minutes.

Two minutes later, the equaliser came as Raul Garcia headed a cross across the box to 36-year-old Spanish international Aduriz who placed his header past Navas from close range.

Aritz Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz's equaliser was his ninth La Liga goal of the season

The lead did not last though, as Real quickly responded from a corner.

Toni Kroos' corner was flicked on by Ronaldo to Casemiro at the far post, who controlled with his chest and then shot from close range to score.

Wales forward Gareth Bale, who returned after a two-match ban, was subdued, with a powerful left-footed shot on 27 minutes his best effort in the match.

Las Palmas coach to leave

Elsewhere, Las Palmas coach Quique Setien announced on Saturday he will leave the Canary Island club at the end of the season.

Setien, 58, was hired in October 2015 and has led Las Palmas to safety in each of the past two seasons.

The announcement came a day after they beat Villarreal 1-0, thanks to a Kevin-Prince Boateng strike.


Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 18De Marcos Arana
  • 27Álvarez
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga Oruesagasti
  • 7EtxebarriaSubstituted forRicoat 79'minutes
  • 8Iturraspe Derteano
  • 11Williams
  • 22GarcíaSubstituted forSusaetaat 86'minutes
  • 15LekueSubstituted forMuniain Goñiat 59'minutes
  • 20AdurizBooked at 28mins


  • 1Iraizoz
  • 2Bóveda
  • 3Elustondo Urkola
  • 10Muniain Goñi
  • 14Susaeta
  • 17Rico
  • 25Saborit Teixidor

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1NavasBooked at 90mins
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 28mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forVázquezat 62'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 31mins
  • 8KroosBooked at 71mins
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 85'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forIscoat 79'minutes


  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo
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Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamReal Madrid
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Booking

    Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Athletic Club. Muniain tries a through ball, but Iñaki Williams is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. De Marcos (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Balenziaga with a cross.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Markel Susaeta replaces Raul García.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

  12. Post update

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Dangerous play by Yeray Álvarez (Athletic Club).

  14. Post update

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Raul García (Athletic Club).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  17. Post update

    Balenziaga (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Aduriz (Athletic Club).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel Rico replaces Beñat Etxebarria.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 18th March 2017

As It Stood

1Real Madrid27205271284365
4Atl Madrid27157549222752
6Real Sociedad28153104239348
7Ath Bilbao28135103532344
11Las Palmas2898114445-135
12Celta Vigo26105113945-635
13Real Betis2887133144-1331
15Dep La Coruña2769123142-1127
19Sporting Gijón2746172856-2818
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