- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Cristiano Ronaldo90'
- De MarcosLekue72'
- 1st Half
- De Marcos45'
- IturraspeSan José39'
Athletic Club - Real Madrid
Liga - 2 December 2017
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That's full time. A frustrating day for Real, who are devoid of inspiration in front of goal. Athletic defended well, but they didn't need to do anything special to win the point.
- Yellow cardCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
Ronaldo is booked for kicking out in frustration. And it seems a coach from Real has been sent off, too.
There will be four minutes of added time.
- Yellow cardDani CarvajalReal Madrid
Carvajal loses the ball, sprints back and concedes a foul on the left on Susaeta.
Real are on the back foot now. Modric is back defending, and a point now looks good.
- Red cardSergio RamosReal Madrid
RED CARD! Ramos is off. He'd already been booked for raising his arm, and now he's punished for the same on Aduriz.
Marcelo stands up a cross from the left, Ronaldo meets it pretty well, but Kepa can claim it without too much panic.
Kovacic hoiks a cross from the right wing over the goal and out for a goal kick. The game is slipping away.
- OffIñaki WilliamsAthletic Club
- OnInigo CordobaAthletic Club
Cordoba on for Williams.
- OffKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
- OnBorja MayoralReal Madrid
Isco for Kovacic, Benzema for Mayoral.
Athletic can barely get out of their half.
Arrizabalaga slaps a cross away and Marcelo sends a shot from outside the box wide of the post.
Real are moving it quickly now, but Casemiro takes a speculative shot from outside the box which sails over.
I wonder if this game never ended if Real would actually score.
Nunez heads away a Carvajal cross. Balenziaga then blocks a Carvajal cross. It's all Carvajal!
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
Aduriz is caught by Casemiro's arm as they go for a high ball, and he gets a booking.
- OffOscar De MarcosAthletic Club
- OnIñigo LekueAthletic Club
Lekeu on for De Marcos.
Oh my days. Isco tries a pass behind for Carvajal. Instead, it comes to Ronaldo a few yards out, who chests it down and fizzes a fierce left-foot volley against the post.
Benzema pulls off on the right wing, but Balenziaga heads the cross behind for a corner.
Raul Garcia is having words with Casemiro, because that is what Garcia does, apparently.
It is, as Mike Selvey would say, absolutely rodding it down in Bilbao.
Mikel Rico puts in a vital cross in the box as the pressure builds on Athletic. Da Marcos is down and needs a little treatment, and when the game restarts Real will have a free kick about 25 yards out, and central. Absolute Ashley Young territory
Carvajal aims an arrowed cross to the back post, but the 'keeper is able to claim the ball.
Half an hour left for Real to change things enough to find a way through.
- Yellow cardXabier EtxeitaAthletic Club
Etxeita is booked for a wild lunge on Modric. The ref pulls play back when he should have allowed Ronaldo to run through on goal, but there you go.
Navas slaps the ball away from Susueta who shoots from a tight angle. From a corner, Etxeita heads wide.
Real insouciantly play their way out from the back, attacking swiftly from right to left. They're held up a while, and it ends with an ungainly hoof into the box from Casemiro, and Carvajal collides with Arrizabalaga to concede which is an unwarranted but inevitable foul.
Kroos has a shot from the edge of the box, but it rattles into a defender's legs.
Ronaldo skips down the left but ends up conceding a free kick when he runs into a bald Athletic player. I hope that narrows it down.
Raul Garcia dives in the box. He's an incredibly boring player.
Aduriz receives the ball from the left, on the edge of the box. He lets the ball run across his body and his low shot is palmed away by Navas.
Balenziaga crosses from the left wing with his right foot, and it's easily cleared.
- 2nd Half
We go again.
- End of 1st Half
A swift passing move from Real leads to a cross for Varane, whose downward header is cleared by Nunez. From the corner, a scramble in the box is cleared near the line when Benzema is waiting to head home but Etxeita clears.
- Yellow cardOscar De MarcosAthletic Club
Marcelo is clipped by De Marcos down the left. He should be booked, and is, and there's a free kick for Real on the left of the box. Kroos will take.
Nothing's really happening right now.
Williams is told that he should calm down after getting hacked off with the linesman. He went around Ramos with a neat piece of skill, and was tugged back, but nothing had been given.
- OffAnder IturraspeAthletic Club
- OnMikel San JoséAthletic Club
Iturraspe is replaced by San Jose.
Iturraspe goes down with what appears to be a hamstring injury, and he will be replaced shortly.
Ronaldo finds Isco, who spreads it left to Marcelo. His cross is missed by two players, comes to Ronaldo again at the back post, and he slams his shot just wide of the near post.
Athletic dawdle over a goal kick, which perhaps makes clear how enthusiastic they are over the prospect of a point.
Kroos runs onto a cross from the right, and he cuts across it with his left foot, sending a shot just wide of the post.
A free kick from Susieta to the back post, Raul Garcia nods it across and Aduriz stabs it just a fraction wide of goal.
Williams bursts into the box after a quick one-two, and his shot is fired across the goal to be palmed behind.
Real lose the ball in midfield and Williams breaks down the right. He makes up lots of ground but three players surround him and win it back.
Real play the ball about in defence without Benzema borking the whole thing up.
Mikel sidefoots a shot at goal after Benzema loses the ball with a pass across the box, but it's blocked and the danger passes.
Isco floats a pass into the box but Benzema gets a heavy challenge as he heads, and it comes out of the box.
Real break from deep, and Marcelo goes down when he's kneed in the thigh by De Marcos. Ronaldo picks the ball up, drives towards goal and wallops a shot at goal from distance that is straight at the 'keeper.
Athletic are forced back to their 'keeper, but retain possession.
Nunez trips Ronaldo on the corner of the box, and then kicks the ball away. The ref chooses not to book him, and Ronaldo sizes things up. Ronaldo fires a shot from a tight angle which goes well wide.
Ramos and Aduriz are having a wee chat. A cross from the right is met by an Aduriz header seconds later, and Navas palms it out and away.
- Yellow cardSergio RamosReal Madrid
Ramos gets himsef booked. He leaps into Raul Garcia, catches him in the head with a forearm, and in the side with his knee. Garcia makes a lot of it, but if you don't want to be booked, don't hit players with your forearms.
Benzema lifts a cross into the box, but it's headed away and the danger passes.
Williams strains at an eary cross from the right, and his poke to the near post is saved by Navas.
Isco crosses from the left. It comes to Benzema, who brings it down neatly and clips a shot to the far post, but it bangs against the post and away.
Williams cross for Garcia in the box, who is the next player to go down after he runs into Varane. the Athetic players are going to do themselves a mischief with their clumsiness.
Aduriz runs straight into Marcelo at the back post. He wants a penalty. Why?
Carvajal gets two attempts at a cross. The first is blocked, and the second ricochets and flies off Carvajal for a goal kick. The 'keeper takes his sweet time.
Benzema turns onto his right foot to curl in a cross for Ronaldo, but the pass is cut out.
- 1st Half
The match gets underway.
And here is why Real have the chance to make up some points today.
With 10 minutes to kick off, read the report from the season's most stressful game.
Before the match, "Zidane mused: We are missing three, four or five games in a row at a high level. We have three or four very interesting games now and I hope when we return in January, we can be like we were before. We have to be up to it."
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Real Madrid start with Ronaldo and Benzema in attack, but Gareth Bale is injured yet again after an outing in the cup in midweek. That means that Isco will be part of the attack today.
A win for Athletic could, meanwhile, see them as high at 12th. They've had a poor start to the season but often wangle a top-half finish these days. And, of course, there is inter-regional antagonism between Athletic and the King's club.
A win for Real, if they score enough goals, could take them into third place above Atletico Madrid, and leave them six points behind Barcelona who are currently top.
TEAMS: Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga, Iturraspe, Williams, Susaeta, X.Etxeita, Mikel Rico, De Marcos, Aduriz, Raúl García, Balenziaga, Núñez. Subs: Bóveda, San José, Iago Herrerín, I.Lekue, Sabin Merino, Aketxe, Córdoba. /// Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Theo, Velazquez, Mayoral, Kovacic, Ceballos.
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