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First Division - Day 22

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Real Madrid 1

Athletic: Iraizoz; De Marcos (Iraola 59’), Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico (Beñat 87’); Susaeta, Ander Herrera, Muniain (Ibai Gómez 73’); Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Diego López; Dani Carvajal (Varane 90’), Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Xabi Alonso, Di María; Jesé (Illarramendi 83’), Benzema (Morata 87’), Ronaldo. 4-3-3.

0-1. 65. Jesé. Got on the end of Ronaldo cross to poke shot wide of Iraizoz..
1-1. 74. Ibai Gómez. First time shot in off post after free kick headed clear.

Yellow cards: Xabi Alonso 29’, Iturraspe 75’ / red cards: Ronaldo 75’.

Real Madrid started their game at fourth placed Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening knowing that a win would take them above Barcelona and to within a point of new leaders Atlético Madrid, but in the end they had to settle for third place after they were held to a 1-1 draw. Athletic’s defeat against Atlético in their midweek cup tie was the first time they had lost in their new San Mamés stadium, and they were determined not to give in a second time without a fight. Chances were few and far between in the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo trying his luck from long range a couple of times, and Aduríz going close and then having a penalty appeal turned down after he clashed with Sergio Ramos in the area. After the interval Iraizoz had to make a couple of saves from Modric and Benzema, and Ronaldo had a strike ruled out for offside, and a few minutes later Jesé opened the scoring for the visitors after Benzema and Ronaldo combined to set him up. Soon afterwards though substitute Ibai Gómez blasted home the equalizer after Sergio Ramos could only head a long free kick in to his path (the first goal that Madrid had let in for nine games), and a couple of minutes later referee Ayza Gámez sent off Ronaldo after an off-the-ball incident with Gurpegi and Iturraspe. Ibai Gómez and Aduríz tested Diego López after that, but Madrid held fast for a point which at least takes them level with Barcelona in the table.