MATCH CENTRE

SUN 01 SEPTEMBER 2013, 12:00, SANTIAGO BERNABEU

3
VS
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Isco brace guides Madrid past Bilbao

by Staff Reporter

Sun September 01, 14:10

A brace from Isco guided Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in a Spanish La Liga fixture played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon.

Ronaldo also got his name on the score sheet for the hosts while Ibai Gomez grabbed a consolation goal for Bilbao.

Diego Lopez started in goal for the home side with Spain number one Iker Casillas yet again having to settle for a place among the substitutes. Brazilian playmaker Kaka who has been linked with a move away from the club failed to make the match day squad for Los Blancos while Mesut Ozil started from the bench. Summer signing Asier Illarramendi was ruled out with a thigh injury.

Ander Herrera wasn’t included from the start as manager Ernesto Valverde felt that the youngster’s mind was elsewhere following a big money bid from English giants Manchester United during the week. Iago Herrerin kept his spot in the starting eleven despite some sketchy performances between the posts for the Lions.  

Both side’s went into the encounter having won their first two matches of the 2013/2014 Spanish La Liga season. Madrid though were clear favourites as they’ve enjoyed a good record over their Basque counterparts in recent times.

The encounter started off slow with both side’s matching each other in every department. Captain Sergio Ramos went close with a header from an Angel di Maria corner in the 24th minute before youngster Isco opened the scoring two minutes later.

The former Malaga midfielder ran on to a clever chip over the defence from Karim Benzema before tucking the ball into the back of the net to bag his second goal of the campaign.

Benat Etxebarria guided his free-kick attempt just wide of Lopez left hand post on the half hour mark following a Sami Khedira handball just outside the area, the chance proved to be Atletic’s best of the half.

Cristiano Ronaldo doubled Madrid’s lead on the stroke of half-time. The Portuguese winger made a good run into the area before nodding di Maria’s pinpoint free-kick past a helpless Herrerin to score his first goal of the season and his 202nd in 202 games for the Spanish giants.

Isco completed his brace in the 72nd minute of the encounter. Los Blancos surged up field before  Benzema yet again picked out the young Spaniard who’s shot in turn took a wicked deflection off Benat and found its way passed Herrerin.

Second half substitute Ibai Gomez pulled one back for the visiting side seven minutes later. The Bilbao forward thumped the ball into the back of the net after it fell kindly form him following a Markel Susaeta miss hit.

The win moves Madrid level on points with leaders Villarreal while the Lions slip down one space into fifth.

Real Madrid     (2) 3 (Isco 26’ 72’ Ronaldo 45+1’)

Athletic Bilbao (0) 1 (Gomez 79’)

Real Madrid: 
Diego López, Pepe, Ramos, Khedira (Casemiro 70’), Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema (Jese 73’), Marcelo (Carvajal 86’), Arbeloa, Modric, Di María, Isco

Athletic Bilbao: Iago Herrerín;  Iraola, Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga, Iturraspe (Moran 46’), Mikel Rico (De Marcos 46’), Beñat, Susaeta, Aduriz, Muniain (Gomez 66’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SANTIAGO BERNABEU
REAL MADRID GOALS ATHLETIC BILBAO GOALS
23. Isco (26') 11. Ibai Gomez (79')
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (45 + 1')
23. Isco (72')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
REAL MADRID STARTING LINEUP ATHLETIC BILBAO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
25
Goalkeeper
13
Defender
17
Defender
15
Defender
86'
12
Defender
4
Defender
3
Defender
24
Defender
4
Midfielder
46'
8
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
67'
7
Midfielder
26'
72'
23
Midfielder
21'
18
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
66'
19
Midfielder
28'
70'
6
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
7
Midfielder
46'
17
Forward/Striker
73'
9
Forward/Striker
20
SUBSTITUTIONS
Carlos Casemiro
Midfielder
70'
26
Erik Morán
Midfielder
46'
5
Jese Rodriguez Ruiz
Forward/Striker
73'
20
Oscar de Marcos
Midfielder
46'
10
Daniel Carvajal
Defender
86'
15
Ibai Gomez
Forward/Striker
66'
11
CARDS
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
28'
6
Carlos Gurpegui
Midfielder
21'
18
Benat Etxebarria
Midfielder
67'
7
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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