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Played
September 1, 2013 11:00 AM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 72231‎
 
26′ Isco
Ibai Gómez 79′
 
72′ Isco
 
Top of the Match
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Real Madrid
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Mikel Rico
Mikel Rico
Athletic de Bilbao
Mikel Rico
Mikel Rico
Athletic de Bilbao

Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao: Who needs Bale? Isco double troubles Basques

Goals from the playmaker and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured los Blancos maintained their 100 per cent Liga record

Isco - Real Madrid v Athletic - Liga BBVA
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An Isco double plus a Cristiano Ronaldo header ensured focus returned to matters on the pitch for Real Madrid following a comprehensive victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Gareth Bale's impending move to los Blancos has stolen the headlines in recent days but Isco was determined to ensure he would not be overshadowed by the €100 million transfer, putting in another outstanding performance.

The former Malaga man broke the deadlock midway through the first half, with Ronaldo, who appeared deflated as talks over a new contract rumble on, heading home his first of the season just before the break.

Isco netted again in the second half, although Ibai Gomez grabbed a deserved consolation goal for Athletic, who were dogged throughout.

With Bale's expected move still not confirmed before the early kick-off, Carlo Ancelotti made just one change to his side that narrowly beat Granada on Monday as Sami Khedira added physicality to the midfield in Mesut Ozil's place.

Ander Herrera notably found himself among Athletic's substitutes, with the midfielder widely reported to be on the brink of a €36m move to Manchester United.

The hosts were in the ascendancy early on and carved out the game's first real chance 15 minutes in as Karim Benzema latched onto Sergio Ramos' lofted pass, but saw his weak chipped effort fall straight into Iago Herrerin's arms.

Ronaldo tested the goalkeeper with a fierce drive after 24 minutes and Ramos headed the resulting corner wide, as Pepe just missed out on a tap-in at the far post.

They did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, however, as just two minutes later Benzema chipped a masterful ball over Athletic's defence and into Isco 15 yards out, who took a touch and tucked home.

After seeing Benat fire a free-kick just wide for Athletic on the half-hour, Benzema went close twice late in the half, first heading over and then seeing an effort from eight yards blocked after a neat one-two with Alvaro Arbeloa down the right flank.

But it was Ronaldo who doubled the advantage, stealing in unmarked to get on the end of Angel Di Maria's whipped free-kick and plant a firm header to the helpless Herrerin's left.

Madrid's tempo dropped somewhat after half-time, but they retained a threat, with Herrerin called into action 10 minutes into the second half, racing off his line to deny Benzema as the Frenchman charged towards goal.

Ronaldo looked buoyed by his headed effort and fizzed a free-kick towards the corner, but Herrerin plunged to his right and kept the ball out with a fine save.

And the hosts' pressure once again paid off after 72 minutes as Benzema took the ball into the penalty area, before chipping back to Isco on the edge of the box.

The Spain international lashed a right-footed effort across goal, which deflected off an Athletic defender and looped into the opposite corner.

Ibai put Athletic on the scoresheet with 10 minutes to play, smashing home after Andoni Iraola had burst down the right flank and cut the ball back to Markel Susaeta, who miscued his effort into the half-time substitute's path.

But it proved to be only a consolation as Madrid comfortably closed out their third league win from as many games this season.


Real Madrid

25
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
4
Sergio Ramos
Defender
3.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
86′
3.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
29′ 70′
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
4.50
22
Ángel Di María
Midfielder
46′
4.00
23
Isco
Midfielder
26′ 72′
4.50
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfielder
46′
4.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
26′ 72′ 73′
3.00

Athletic de Bilbao

3.50
13
Iago
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
3.00
15
2.50
24
Balenziaga
Defender
3.00
7
Beñat
Midfielder
67′
2.50
8
Iturraspe
Midfielder
46′
3.00
14
Susaeta
Midfielder
79′
2.00
17
Mikel Rico
Midfielder
46′
2.50
18
3.00
19
Muniain
Striker
65′
2.50
20

Substitutes

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
18
 - 
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
 - 
24
 - 
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
70′
 - 
20
 - 
21
Morata
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Iraizoz
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
Albizua
Defender
3.00
5
Erik Morán
Midfielder
46′
 - 
21
Ander Herrera
Midfielder
3.00
10
3.00
11

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0