Football

Athletic Bilbao 0 – 1 Real Madrid

Goal: Sergio Ramos was Real Madrid’s penalty hero for the second time in four days as a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao sent the LaLiga leaders seven points clear.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have been flawless since the season’s restart to claim control of the title rice, but they were given a stern test by Getafe on Thursday and again had their work cut out for a time on Sunday.

Yet as against Getafe, Ramos stepped up to net a second-half penalty and secure all three points in Bilbao, with his latest decisive goal coming after Dani Garcia tripped Marcelo in the area to prompt a VAR review.

A seventh straight victory ensured Madrid made the most of playing before rivals Barcelona, who will kick-off at Villarreal later in the day knowing they have an even more significant gap to make up.

Madrid recalled Marco Asensio for his first start of the season in a move which almost brought immediate reward.

The fit-again forward drew a low save from a fourth-minute free-kick, with Karim Benzema then unable to direct his header goalwards when Dani Carvajal squared the rebound.

That was about the extent of Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon’s involvement before half-time, while Thibaut Courtois repelled Raul Garcia’s powerful header at the other end.

Simon might have had a far greater role to play, though, as both Rodrygo and Benzema squandered huge headed opportunities from searching Asensio centres, each missing the target completely.

The second period appeared set to play out in similarly frustrating fashion for Madrid until Marcelo went down in the area and a penalty was eventually awarded, with Ramos coolly tucking his finish inside the left-hand post in the 73rd minute.

Simon saved smartly with his legs from Benzema in the closing stages, but the one Ramos goal proved enough for Madrid again.

What does it mean? Madrid unscathed after testing week

Madrid have not been quite as stylish in their past two matches as in earlier performances, but Getafe and Athletic provided potentially tricky opponents.

In both games, Los Blancos had to rely on late penalties. But given the relatively kind fixtures to come, it was crucial Zidane’s side simply collected the points in any way possible. They are well on course for the title now.

Asensio deserves assist

This has been a difficult season for Asensio due to injury, but he might yet have a key role to play in the run-in.

The Spain international was involved from the outset at San Mames and twice was let down by team-mates following fine crosses. His deliveries for Rodrygo and Benzema were begging to be nodded in.

Ramos rash at the back

Ramos has now scored five massive goals in the past month, but his work at the other end of the pitch was of slight concern in Sunday’s first half.

The centre-back was grateful to an offside flag following an awful early slip that let in Inaki Williams, who soon profited from some more hopeless defending on halfway. Eder Militao stepped in superbly on that occasion and often battled Williams alone.

What’s next?

After a couple of tough tests in quick succession, Madrid will welcome the opportunity to rest until Friday when they host out-of-form Deportivo Alaves. Bilbao’s next encounter is a home clash with Sevilla on Thursday.

Source: Published by Goal

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Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

Real Madrid are in form

Abdulmumini yusuf
Abdulmumini yusuf
1 month ago

That is great

Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
1 month ago

Nice one

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Great

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Good work for Madrid

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

Good win

KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
1 month ago

Good for real Madrid

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

The game was fantastic

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
1 month ago

good one

Kanayo gift
Kanayo gift
1 month ago

Real Madrid are great

Kelvin Ijeh
Kelvin Ijeh
1 month ago

Madrid inform really..

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

Nice win

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Well done real

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
1 month ago

Keep it up Real Madrid

Abdullah gbolahan
Abdullah gbolahan
1 month ago

Amazing

Temitope Samson Fayomi
Temitope Samson Fayomi
1 month ago

Deserved.

Deniyi Olanrewaju
Deniyi Olanrewaju
1 month ago

Really nice work

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
1 month ago

What an escape win

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

Ramos has done it again.

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

Real Madrid is a cool team to always win

Ifeanyi Edmund
Ifeanyi Edmund
1 month ago

Real Madrid always winning

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

Good one from Real Madrid

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
1 month ago

Wow

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

that’s nice

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Ride on Madrid

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Nice by Ramos

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

Great performance from real Madrid

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

Real Madrid for life

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Great news

ikechukwu
ikechukwu
1 month ago

nice victory

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

Ramos did it again

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
1 month ago

Nice performance

Okebowale Ayomide
Okebowale Ayomide
1 month ago

Wel done Madrid

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
1 month ago

Nice game

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Madrid is doing great.

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
1 month ago

Keep winning

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

Congratulations to real Madrid

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
1 month ago

Congrats Madrid keep it up

Oyewale Emmanuel
Oyewale Emmanuel
1 month ago

Hala Madrid

Israel Ekhosuehi
Israel Ekhosuehi
1 month ago

Congratulations to real madrid

Cherry
Cherry
1 month ago

Great

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Congratulations to Real Madrid

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Inform madrid

Ogbeche peter
Ogbeche peter
1 month ago

Really great

Blessing osaro
Blessing osaro
1 month ago

This is great

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

Keep on winning

Obasi victor uma
Obasi victor uma
1 month ago

Congratulations to real Madrid

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

Real Madrid are team inform

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
1 month ago

A prolific Defender

Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
1 month ago

Congrats! To Real Madrid