Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Who: Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao
What: La Liga Matchday 12
When: Saturday, November 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão; Xabi Alonso, Modric, Özil; Ronaldo, Benzema, Callejón
Bench: Adán, Khedira, Kaká, Albiol, Di María, Nacho, Morata
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, San José, Aurtenetxe; Iturraspe, Gurpegi, Muniain; Susaeta, Aduriz, Ibai Gómez
Bench: Raúl, Toquero, Llorente, Isma López, Castillo, Igor Martínez, Ramalho
Please read Allan's Jiang great preview of this match:
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: What you need to Know.
That's it! Bilbao's nightmare is over as Madrid prove once again to be lion tamers.
Thank you for joining me here and keep an eye out for a match review later.
86'—Someone apparently forgot to tell Madrid that this one has long been decided.
The champs continue to press Bilbao in search of a sixth goal. Great effort from Los Merengues.
82', Real Madrid 5-1 up against Athletic and they STILL press, every player from the defenders up to the strikers press the ball. Brilliant.— Gary (@AlbaEspana) November 17, 2012
62'—Ronaldo almost gets a great chance to score on the counter, but is blocked out.
CR7 has yet to score, but has been great nonetheless. His pass that opened Benzema up for Ozil's goal was superb and he has been sending shots on goal all night.
Most of his shots have been disappointing, but at least their on target.
Xabier Castillo comes on for Carlos Gurpegi who appears to have tweaked his hamstring.
Morata comes on for the Frenchman. Still time for more goals he will be thinking, as no doubt is a certain CR7...— AS English (@English_AS) November 17, 2012
So 5-1 to Real Madrid at home...No goal from Ronaldo, yet.— Gary (@AlbaEspana) November 17, 2012
Alvaro Morata makes his second appearance in as many games as Benzema is sent to the bench after a man of the match-type of performance.
More on the goal
Madrid takes a lookse ball on the counter and Alvaro Arbeloa makes nice central run to free up some space.
The right-back lays the ball off for Khedira and the German midfielder sends the ball under Iraizoz to complete the route.
Welcome back, Sami! 5-1 to the hosts.
Angel di Maria comes on for Jose Callejon.
Gaizka Toquero comes on now to add to the attack, albeit too late.
Aritz Aduriz is the man sacrificed him.
Sami Khedira makes a long-awaited return as he comes on for Ozil just after the hour mark.
Mourinho is probably thinking about their upcoming mid-week clash against Manchester City here.
Cristiano released Benzema on the right, who played it back in to Özil, unmarked in the centre. Simple tap in (though he fired it home)— AS English (@English_AS) November 17, 2012
It's odd as just moments before, Susaeta ran into the penalty area and the ball smashes against Coentrão's hand. No penalty, very lucky.— Gary (@AlbaEspana) November 17, 2012
More on the goal
Madrid respond to the non-call by starting a quick counter and adding a fourth goal.
Ronaldo sends a glorious ball to Benzema who had a lot of space to shoot, but chose instead to pass the ball off for Ozil who just taps the ball in from a foot out.
55'—Bilbao are denied a clear penalty as Fabio Coentrao uses his hand to stop the ball.
53—Ramos looking for the brace as he gets very active in the attack and gets space in the box to take a shot.
His effort is blocked and sent out for a corner.
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