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90' + 3'
Renan Lodi
Yellow Card
L. Suárez
Penalty Goal
2 - 1
45' + 2'
T. Lemar
1 - 1
Yellow Card
0 - 1

Match Stats

47% 52%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 2
Total Passes 516 570
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 37 25 8 4 65 24 +41 83 W W D W L
2 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 37 24 9 4 65 27 +38 81 W W D W D
3 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 37 23 7 7 84 38 +46 76 L D D W L
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 37 23 5 9 52 33 +19 74 L W D L W
5 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 37 16 11 10 58 38 +20 59 W L W L W
6 Real Betis BET Real Betis 37 16 10 11 47 48 -1 58 W D W D D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 37 15 13 9 59 42 +17 58 W W L W L
8 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 37 14 11 12 53 54 -1 53 W W W W W
9 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 37 11 13 13 46 40 +6 46 L L D W D
10 Granada GRA Granada 37 13 6 18 47 65 -18 45 L L L L W
11 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 37 11 11 15 37 47 -10 44 L W D L L
12 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 37 11 10 16 34 56 -22 43 L L W W D
13 Valencia VAL Valencia 37 10 12 15 50 53 -3 42 W L W L D
14 Levante LEV Levante 37 9 13 15 44 55 -11 40 L D D L L
15 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 37 9 11 17 36 56 -20 38 W W D L D
16 Getafe GET Getafe 37 9 10 18 28 43 -15 37 W L L L W
17 Huesca HUE Huesca 37 7 12 18 34 53 -19 33 L W L W L
18 Elche ELC Elche 37 7 12 18 32 55 -23 33 W L L L W
19 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 37 5 16 16 33 55 -22 31 L L L D D
20 Eibar EIB Eibar 37 6 12 19 29 51 -22 30 L D W W L


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Thank you for following our coverage of tonight’s LaLiga match-up between Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao. Until next time, stay safe!
Next up for Atletico is a Madrid derby against lowly Getafe on Saturday evening whilst Bilbao travel to Celta Vigo on Sunday afternoon in a battle of two European qualification hopefuls.
Well, it was hardly vintage Atletico Madrid, but the hosts go six points clear at the top of the LaLiga standings thanks to a laboured victory against a plucky Athletic Bilbao side. A headed finish from Llorente cancelled out Muniain’s early strike for the visitors in the first half before Suarez coolly slotted home a penalty in the second half to ensure Atletico take the three points on offer.
90' + 5' Oblak charges out to punch away the delivery and Atletico survive.
90' + 4' Bilbao have a very late free kick in a very dangerous position following an aerial clash between Nunez and Savic. It’s now or never for the away side!
Renan Lodi
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Lodi is booked for a late challenge on Capa. 
90' + 2' BIG CHANCE! Bilbao float a cross into the box from a deep position and Nunez heads at goal. The defender gets a lot of power on his glancing effort but it’s straight at Oblak who gladly holds on.
90' There’ll be a minimum of four minutes of additional time played in this LaLiga clash. Can Athletic Bilbao salvage a result?
Renan Lodi
Y. Carrasco
88' Lodi also joins the action at the death as he replaces Carrasco in the left wing-back position. 
G. Kondogbia
88' There’s another switch for Atletico as Kondogbia replaces Llorente in midfield.  
87' The home side are just doing enough to hold onto their lead. Bilbao are pushing men forward but to no avail as of yet. If Atletico hold on, they’ll go six points clear of Barcelona at the top of the LaLiga standings.
84' CLOSE! Atletico break and nearly grab a third. Correa feeds Llorente with a through-ball but the midfielder blazes his right-footed shot over from 10 yards out under pressure from Nunez.
82' The visitors force a corner that is swung in by Morcillo. There’s a clash between two players at the back post but the referee again plays on.
De Marcos
80' There’s also a switch at right-back as Capa comes on for De Marcos for the final ten minutes of play.
Jon Morcillo
80' Another double change for the visitors as Muniain departs and is replaced by Morcillo.
80' Just ten minutes remain in this clash and Atletico are doing enough to see out the victory at the moment. Correa goes down under pressure from Alvarez and there’s calls for a penalty, but the referee isn’t interested.
77' Koke hits an effort from 25 yards out but it’s blocked behind by a defender for an Atletico corner. A third goal for the hosts would surely see off Bilbao at this late stage.
74' The second sees Villalibre replace Raul Garcia upfront for the visitors.
Unai Vencedor
Unai López
73' Bilbao respond with a double substitution of their own. The first change sees Vencedor replace Lopez in midfield.
L. Torreira
L. Suárez
73' A very defensive switch for Atletico as Torreira replaces Suarez. It looks like the hosts have switched to a 5-4-1 formation in the process to try and see out this victory.
72' CLOSE! Carrasco lashes an attempt from close range goalward and Nunez nearly turns it into his own net. That was extremely close to being an owl goal and a third for the hosts.
71' Credit where it’s due, the Atletico Madrid defence has been extremely strong tonight. Beside Muniain’s strike in the first half, Bilbao have hardly mustered any other chances on the opposition goal. There's a reason Simeone's side have only conceded 18 goals in 26 LaLiga matches so far this campaign. 
T. Lemar
68' At the same time, Saul replaces Lemar in midfield. That move should toughen up Atletico in the centre of the park.
Á. Correa
João Félix
68' A double substitution for the hosts coming up. Joao Felix leaves the action as Correa takes his place.
67' STRIKE! Carrasco cuts inside his man on the left wing and lets fly with an effort from long range. It’s a powerful one but it’s also straight at Simon in the Bilbao goal who keeps it out with relative ease.
66' Carrasco takes on two Bilbao defenders but loses his footing at the crucial time and turns over the possession in the opposition penalty area. Despite leading in this LaLiga clash, this has not been a vintage Atletico performance by any stretch of the imagination.
64' The visitors have responded well to that second Atletico goal as mentioned before but they haven’t really had a clear chance at goal in this second half so far. The midfield are doing well against Koke and Llorente but the ball isn’t getting into the feet of Raul Garcia and Williams upfront fast enough to harm the hosts.
61' Bruno Fernandes is the only midfielder to have been involved in more goals (26) than Marcos Llorente in the top 5 European Leagues this season (17, nine goals + eight assists, level with Henrik Mkhitaryan).
Dani García
Mikel Vesga
59' Athletic Bilbao make their first change of the match as Dani Garcia replaces Vesga. A sensible switch given the midfielder was booked in the first half.
57' Raul Garcia goes through the back of Suarez and Atletico get a brief reprieve from the Bilbao pressure that was building. The away side have responded well to going behind here in Madrid. 
55' The fluidity of Williams is giving the Atletico backline all sorts of problems in this LaLiga match. The forward is constantly moving out to either wing in an effort to try and influence this match for the visitors. The intelligence of Muniain is also a cause for concern for Simeone and his defenders.
53' Bilbao had started this second half pretty well but it’s so clumsy from Nunez to give away that penalty. It was a simple step inside from Suarez and the defender completely fell for it.
L. Suárez
Penalty Goal
51' GOOOAAALLLL!!! 2-1 TO ATLETICO. SUAREZ!!!! The Uruguayan forward confidently steps up to the spot and dispatches his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner of the Bilbao net. Simon dives the other way and has no chance of stopping the effort. Normal service resumes for the league leaders.
49' PENALTY TO ATLETICO!!! Suarez is felled by Nunez and the referee points to the spot.
48' CHANCE! Yuri pulls a cross back from the left flank to Garcia in the box and the forward smashes a first-time shot goalward. It’s a decent strike but Felipe does well to get in the way and blocks the effort.
46' Both sides are back on the field and the second half begins! 
Expect to see manager Simeone make either a change at half time or a few very early into the second half if his team don’t respond further. They grabbed a pretty undeserved equaliser late on in the first half, but the hosts have been poor overall and Bilbao have looked extremely comfortable so far. 
A rather drab first half comes to a close with the scores level in Madrid. Muniain slotted home from close range following some lovely build-up play from Williams early on but Llorente replied for the hosts with a header in the final minute of the first half. Regardless of that late goal, Atletico have not been at the races at all in the opening 45 minutes of play.
T. Lemar
45' + 2' Lemar grabs the assist with a fantastic chipped cross into the path of the onrushing Llorente. 
45' + 2' GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!! 1-1. LLORENTE!!!! Oh, how Atletico needed that! It’s a simple ball into Lemar who crosses back to an unmarked Llorente. The midfielder leaps highest and heads home from eight yards out courtesy of a very big deflection from a Bilbao defender. We’re all square.
45' There’ll be just one minute of additional time played in this first half.
Yellow Card
43' Felipe hacks through the back of Williams and he too will have his name taken by the referee. 
Mikel Vesga
Yellow Card
41' Another booking for the away side, this time it's Vesga who's cautioned after pulling back Joao Felix who was looking to break away. 
41' Atletico are just beginning to crank up the heat on Bilbao as this match heads towards the break. The hosts have had a couple of corners, but both have gone short and have been a waste in truth. The visitors are looking comfortable at the back still, however.
De Marcos
Yellow Card
38' De Marcos is the first name into the referee's book after fouling Joao Felix on the halfway line. 
37' Well apart from the early strike from Muniain nothing much else has really happened so far in this match. Atletico are holding more of the ball, but Bilbao seem happy to sit back and use the counter-attack to their advantage. Williams in particular looks dangerous on the break with his pace and trickery.
35' Atletico finally have their first shot on target of the match as Carrasco strikes from distance. Simon in the Bilbao net gets down easily to stop the strike however.
33' Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak has now conceded in each of his last five home matches in LaLiga (seven goals in total). That’s his worst ever run in the Spanish top-flight.
30' The hosts are still yet to have a big chance in this LaLiga clash and haven’t mustered a shot at target in the opening half an hour of play. It all just seems a little disjointed in attack as Suarez hasn’t really seen much of the ball. Joao Felix has also struggled to get into the match so far as well. 
27' Atletico Madrid have responded well to that early set back and since the Muniain opener the capital club have held nearly all of the possession.
24' Atletico Madrid are winless in their last three home LaLiga games (D2 L1) and could suffer their longest run at home without a win in a single season since January 2006, under Carlos Bianchi (D4).
21' A fantastic bit of play from Williams who puts in on a plate for his midfielder. 
21' GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! 1-0 TO BILBAO. MUNIAIN!!!! The visitors break the deadlock and it’s a lovely goal. The ball is worked out to the right wing towards Williams who then waits for some much-needed back-up and picks out Muniain who converts from 12 yards out into the bottom right-hand corner of the Atletico net.
19' The visitors grab their first corner of the contest after great work down the left wing by Muniain. Berenguer delivers towards the back post but Hermoso rises highest to clear the danger.
17' Felipe rattles the post with a header from close range for the home side, but the flag is up for offside in the build-up. That’s the nearest either side has come so far to breaking the deadlock in this LaLiga match-up.
16' Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has conceded in each of his last four LaLiga home games (six goals on aggregate), his worst such run at home in the competition. That record will certainly give Bilbao some extra hope tonight.
14' It’s just not clicking upfront for Bilbao so far in this match. Williams is the latest to gift possession back to the home side as he steps over a pass from De Marcos. They'll need to work harder if they're to grab a positive result from this fixture. 
12' Lemar is the latest Atletico player to shoot from distance but his effort is blocked by Nunez. The home side are really beginning to up the pressure now on their opposition.
10' Hermoso advances up the field for the hosts and has an effort from distance but it’s blocked by a Bilbao defender. 
8' With victory in this LaLiga clash, Diego Simeone could become the Atletico Madrid manager with the most wins (309) in all competitions (G513 W308), surpassing Luis Aragones (G612 W308).
6' The first corner of the night goes to the home side as Lemar sees a cross blocked behind by De Marcos. Atletico work it short, but the whistle goes for a foul on Simon in the Bilbao goal soon after.
5' No attempts on either goal to speak of just yet but Atletico have begun to find their feet in this clash over the past few minutes. The hosts will need Koke and Llorente to put in a big shift tonight in the centre of the park if they are to grind out another home victory.
3' It looks like it will be a 3-4-2-1 shape for the hosts this evening with Joao Felix and Lemar both playing just behind the lone strike Suarez. Bilbao have controlled much of the early possession so far as they look to upset the LaLiga table toppers.
1' The referee blows his whistle and we’re underway here in the Spanish capital!
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick-off is just moments away.
Atletico Madrid have avoided defeat in their nine home LaLiga matches against Athletic under coach Diego Simeone (W8 D1), keeping a clean sheet on five occasions.
The visitors are without the experienced Inigo Martinez at the back as he serves a suspension but elsewhere on the pitch, there’s no new injury concerns. As a result, De Marcos, Nunez, Alvarez and Yuri form the backline with Berenguer, Vesga, Lopez and Muniain all starting across the midfield. Williams and Garcia start upfront for the visitors who are looking to extend their recent good run of form in the Spanish top-flight.
After opting with a four at the back system against rivals Real Madrid last weekend, Atletico revert to a more familiar three at the back formation for this LaLiga clash. Savic, Hermoso and Felipe start in central defence whilst Trippier and Carrasco operate as the wing-backs. Llorente, Koke and Lemar all start in central midfield as Suarez and Felix lead the line for the home side. 
ATHLETIC BILBAO SUBS: Jokin Ezkieta, Mikel Balenziaga, Ander Capa, Inigo Lekue, Dani Garcia, Ibai Gomez, Jon Morcillo, Oihan Sancet, Unai Vencedor, Oier Zarraga, Inigo Vicente, Asier Villalibre.
ATHLETIC BILBAO (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Oscar De Marcos, Unai Nunez, Yeray Alvarez, Yuri; Alex Berenguer, Unai Lopez, Mikel Vesga, Iker Muniain; Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Ivo Grbic, Renan Lodi, Sime Vrsaljko, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Vitolo, Lucas Torreira, Saul Niguez, Angel Correa, Moussa Dembele.
ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Stefan Savic, Felipe; Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Koke, Thomas Lemar, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez.
Atletico Madrid welcome Bilbao to the Spanish capital as they look to go six points clear at the top of the LaLiga standings with another victory. With the host’s form beginning to jitter slightly in recent weeks, a win tonight in their game in hand could put Diego Simeone’s men back on track as they hunt down their first LaLiga title since the 2013-14 season. The visitors however need a vital win to keep up their faint pursuit of Europa League qualification this campaign.
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