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Summary

  1. Madrid earn fifth win six matches under Zidane
  2. Los Merengues move within point of leaders Barcelona
  3. Title rivals Barca and Atletico play tomorrow
  4. Leaders Barca host seventh-placed Celta Vigo
  5. Second-placed Atletico go to Getafe

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Right that's us done. But while Cristiano Ronaldo and co go off into the Madrid night to celebrate, we'll be back in a couple of hours.

    Why? Because we've got a European party planned. Join us at 19:00 GMT as Gary Neville finally tries to break his Valencia duck when his team host Espanyol, while Juventus meet Napoli in a top-of-the-table blockbuster in Italy.

    See you then!

  2. FULL-TIME

    Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao

    You can't dispute that Real Madrid deserved to win - but Athletic Bilbao, for their cavalier approach, did not deserve to be thumped.

    Athletic stay sixth for the time being, with both Celta Vigo - who play Barca tomorrow - and Eibar able to leapfrog them.

    Real Madrid
  3. Player reaction

    Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic goalscorer Javier Eraso: "We had some chances in the first half, they didn't go in though. They continued to attack because we took risks up top and if you push up allow yourself to be exposed at the back."

    Real Madrid midfielder Isco: "The team has responded well to Zidane, we are playing well and we're content with the three points at the Bernabeu. Athletic are a very strong team."

  4. FULL-TIME

    Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao

    Job done! Real Madrid earn their fifth win in six matches under Zinedine Zidane. That moves them up to second - temporarily at least - one point behind leaders Barcelona.

  5. GOAL - Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao

    Gorka Elustondo

    Too little too late. One for Gorka Elustondo to tell his grandkids about though - he's just scored against the mighty Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. A simple header gives the scoreline a fairer reflection.

  6. GOAL - Real Madrid 4-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Game, set and match. Cristiano Ronaldo is picked out at the far post by a deep right-wing cross, after the Athletic full-back had switched off for a moment. You cannot do that. Ronaldo punishes him by blasting in.

  7. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic have a spring in their step now. But they haven't instantly been able to punch a hole in the Madrid defence.

  8. RED CARD - Raphael Varane

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Game changer? Real Madrid must play the final seven minutes or so with a man light. Raphael Varane jumps high with Artiz Aduriz for a header, his arms raised like they were in a similar situation in the first half. That landed the France defender with a booking - and so does this one. Two yellows = red. Early bath time.

  9. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    And that is James Rodriguez's last involvement. He is replaced by young midfielder Lucas Vazquez, who weakly shoots at the Athletic keeper within seconds.

  10. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Now Madrid drop down a gear. James Rodriguez, like he did for his wonderful goal earlier, picks up the ball around 30 yards out, cuts inside but can't get a clean shot away. In fact, it hits team-mate Karim Benzema, who is also offside. Double whammy.

  11. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Nothing much to report. Madrid strangling the life out of this game. Less than 15 minutes to go.

  12. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    The fourth official is probably the busiest man in the Bernabeu at the moment, signing off substitution forms and playing with his big electronic board.

    He's in action again as he introduces Real Madrid midfielder Isco to the game. Off comes the impressive Mateo Kovacic, who earns a deserved standing ovation.

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    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

  14. Bundeliga latest

    Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hannover

    It's all over in Dortmund where second-placed Borussia have scraped to a 1-0 win over bottom club Hannover.

    Bayer Leverkusen have won 2-1 at Darmstadt to go third in the table, going above Hertha Berlin following their 2-0 defeat at Stuttgart.

  15. SUBSTITUTIONS

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    The two teams trade substitutions. First up are Madrid, replacing right-back Danilo with Nacho. He might offer some more bite (sorry). 

    Athletic bring on attacking midfielder Iker Munain - who I remember was the next bright young thing a few years back - coming on for Iniago Lekue.

  16. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Superb stuff from Madrid keeper Keylor Navas. Another Madrid defensive mishap - when Toni Kroos is dispossessed under pressure about 25 yards out from his goal - gives Athletic striker Aritz Aduriz a sniff. He tries to pounce on a loose ball, but Navas races out to block.

  17. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Madrid have been dominant in this second half, without creating loads of chances. But here's one. The central run of Mateo Kovacic is picked out by his Croatian chum Luka Modric, but he shoots high over the Athletic goal.

  18. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Another chance for Athletic. Javier Eraso, their goalscorer, heads over after being picked out unmarked in the Madrid box. A second away goal would make a game of this again.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    First roll of the tactical dice from Athletic boss Ernesto Valverde. And it appears to be a conservative one. Midfielder Ander Iturraspe is sacrificed for the more defensively-minded Gorka Elustondo.

  20. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Warning sign for the home side though. Athletic aren't tapping out just yet. Sabin's cross from the right is juggled by Keylor Navas with the technique of an out-of-work circus clown, but no-one in a red and white striped shirt can take advantage.