Real Madrid hosted Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, looking to continue their strong run of results since Zinedine Zidane took over as manager in January.
It didn't take long for the home side to find the breakthrough, Cristiano Ronaldo tearing down the left channel and cutting inside to fire Real ahead after three minutes:
"Ronaldo's too old, he's not the same, he only scores tap ins." 😴😒 pic.twitter.com/3ChofSYLPr— ❤️=⚽️ (@Total_Futbol_) February 13, 2016
But Athletic hit back quickly, Javier Eraso capitalising on a mix-up in the Real defence to equalise:
Both sides missed chances as the first half went from end to end before James Rodriguez restored Real's lead with an arrowed drive into the bottom corner:
And it was 3-1 before half-time when Toni Kroos controlled a Ronaldo pass in the penalty box and smashed emphatically past goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz:
Gollllllll de Tony Kroos - Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic de Bilbao pic.twitter.com/2dkiWiVjkG— Neto De la Cruz (@Ernesto77ES) February 13, 2016
Raphael Varane saw red for a second yellow card after 83 minutes but Ronaldo scored again shortly after, controlling Lucas Vazquez's cross on his chest before firing home:
What an unbelievably woeful season Ronaldo's having. Fraud https://t.co/KTvnt0dNO4— DareToWilsh (@DareToWilsh) February 13, 2016
Gorka Elustondo grabbed a late consolation for the visitors with a fine header:
But it wasn't enough for Athletic, as Real held on for the win.
Final score: Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao