Athletic V Real Madrid - As it happened.
FT: Madrid take another step towards winning Laliga thanks to a penalty from Ramos. It was a tight encounter and the home side probably had the better of the chances but it's the result that matters and it's a vital one for Madrid.
A few bookings for protesting as the end of the match finishes up heated.
Benzema is replaced by Jovic for the final minutes.
Casemiro goes into the book after halting a Bilbao counter attack illegally.
Benzema plays a one-two with Vinicius inside the area and fires at goal but his save is tipped wide. Great play and so close to 2-0.
Kroos is on for Valverde as Madrid look to see this one out.
De Marcos has just struck a lofted effort onto the roof of the net from the edge of the box - it was a half chance and Madrid will be relieved that didn't dip under the crossbar.
Villalibre and Sancet on for Garcia and Williams.
Ramos steps up calmly and - despite frantic dancing from Simon - slots the penalty into the bottom-left corner and beyond the correct dive of the goalkeeper!
GOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! SERGIO RAMOS SCORES!
Marcelo and Dani Garcia collide at pace just inside the box, forcing the referee to conduct a check with VAR for a penalty. After a brief delay, the replay shows that Marcelo just got to the ball before the midfielder and a penalty is awarded!
Cordoba is replaced by De Marcos on the left flank as the hosts make a double substitution to make change the impetus of the match.
Lopez is replaced in midfield by Vesga as Bilbao search for an injection of energy.
Strong save from Simon! Rodrygo sneaks past Yuri on the edge of the box and momentarily it looks as though he's clean through! However, his first touch into the box is heavy and Simon rapidly charges out and snatches the ball at the feet of the attacker.
Quiet start to the half but Courtois has just clawed a Raul Garcia cross out of the air from the right with Williams ready to pounce. Good goalkeeping.
HT: 0-0. It's still level at the break but what an entertaining half that was. Bilbao went close through Lopez and Williams while Rodrygo and Benzema had chances for Madrid. Hard to predict a winner in the second half.
Benzema goes inches away from scoring! Asensio brilliantly skips past Capa again and dinks in an inviting cross towards Benzema, who glances a header narrowly wide of the far post from close range!
Williams neatly breaks away again on the halfway line and tries to take Militao on, but the defender does superbly to hold him off and eventually win a free-kick for himself inside the box
Raul Garcia is shown a yellow card for a vicious lunge on Marcelo that catches the defender above the knee
Raul Garcia flicks a delightful throughball towards Williams who finds himself one-on-one before dinking an effort just over the bar. However, the flag had been raised just before the finish and Madrid were never in danger of conceding.
Both sides are heading over to the touchline to take a water break - it's been a really open and even affair so far. The hosts have had two good chances to score, while Madrid have also engineered chances of their own.
This has been a lively encounter so far! Both sets of attackers are causing plenty of problems, largely because both teams are making a real commitment towards positive football.
A through ball sets Williams free inside the penalty area, but his powerful effort flies over the crossbar from 12 yards out - Madrid need to get a hold of him.
Yeray is replaced by Nunez at the back after picking up a slight injury... It's a shame, as he was giving his very best.
Yeray floats another deep cross towards Raul Garcia, but this time Courtois anticipates the danger and sails out to claim the delivery. Nevertheless, the Bilbao striker is causing plenty of problems right now...
Asensio lofts a hopeful pass up towards Benzema who knocks it down for Rodrygo, and initially it looks as though the attacker will have an opportunity to shoot, but Yuri recovers well to steal possession away.
Both teams have started with real intensity so far. Bilbao have been direct and aggressive and they've attempted to unsettle Madrid.
Brilliant defending from Marcelo! Cordoba whips in a clever cross from deep that finds Williams free five yards out! However, Marcelo rushes back to block the attacker's shot from close range.
Asensio hits a lovely free-kick with his left foot from 30 yards out and Simon does well to get down and parry. Benzema pounces on the rebound but his cross is headed straight into Simon's arms by Rodrygo.
And we're off!
Zinedine Zidane turned 19 years with Real Madrid yesterday... He might not be a one club legend, but what a career he's had with Los Blancos!
Madrid, meanwhile, arrive in Bilbao in the midst of a fiercely contested title race. They’ve won their last six straight games and another victory today would extend their lead at the top to seven points over Barcelona.
The hosts find themselves eighth in the table and enter the contest in fine form: they’ve lost just once in their last eight games – away at Barcelona, at that – and they’ll be desperate for three points today to continue their push for European qualification.
REAL MADRID starting XI: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Eder Militao, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo.
ATHLETIC BILBAO starting XI: Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Iker Muniain, Dani Garcia, Unai Lopez, Inigo Cordoba; Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia.
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