Actual Madrid Vs Athletic Bilbao Targets + Full Highlights Week 12 Liga BBVA 2010-2011 Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Actual Madrid ensured they’ll begin subsequent week’s showdown with arch-rivals Barcelona in prime spot after seeing off battling Athletic Bilbao on the Bernabeu.
With Barcelona successful 8-Zero earlier within the night Madrid knew they wanted a victory to take a one-point result in the Nou Camp for ‘El Clasico’, and Jose Mourinho’s in-form facet made no mistake as they made it seven league wins on the trot.
Ronaldo netted three of the targets – the ultimate one coming from the penalty spot deep into injury-time – whereas Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos, with one other penalty, had been additionally on the scoresheet.
Athletic, who’ve a depressing document on the Bernabeu, had made it 2-1 simply earlier than half-time by star striker Fernando Llorente however they may make no additional in-roads as Madrid – for whom Mourinho was serving the second of a two-match touchline ban – accomplished a deserved, if barely flattering, victory.
Athletic got here into the match having received simply 13 occasions in 79 visits to the Bernabeu down the years, whereas their previous 12 league and cup visits to this floor had led to defeat.
Nonetheless, they gave Madrid pretty much as good as they received in a closely-fought first half and had been considerably unfortunate to be trailing on the break.
Spain ahead Llorente, who has been linked with a transfer to Madrid in current weeks, was a serious thorn within the house facet’s defence and he nearly put Athletic forward within the second minute.
The highly effective striker confirmed nice energy and ability to get by Ricardo Carvalho and Sami Khedira earlier than sliding the ball previous Iker Casillas, however Pepe received again to clear off the road.
Madrid survived that let-off and took the lead within the 20th minute when Higuain picked up a cross from Angel Di Maria, shrugged off the challenges of Fernando Amorebieta and Mikel San Jose earlier than slotting previous Gorka Iraizoz.
Removed from demoralising Athletic although, that objective appeared to additional encourage the Basque outfit and so they twice got here near an equaliser with Casillas producing sensible diving saves to disclaim Markel Susaeta and Llorente.
Nonetheless, 60 seconds after Casillas stored out Llorente’s effort, Madrid raced down the opposite finish and made it 2-Zero with a superbly-worked objective by Ronaldo.
Higuain and Ozil had been each concerned earlier than Ronaldo picked up the German worldwide’s lay-off earlier than driving a low shot into the far backside nook.
Ronaldo and Higuain each missed probabilities to make it 3-Zero earlier than Athletic pulled a objective again within the 40th minute when Llorente slammed the ball into the roof of the web from shut vary.
That breakthrough was not more than Athletic deserved and so they almost made it 2-2 eight minutes into the second half when Susaeta introduced a flying save out of Casillas with a 25-yard free-kick.
Athletic would come no nearer to drawing degree, although, as inside two minutes they discovered themselves 3-1 down.
Di Maria received a penalty after being despatched flying by Susaeta and Ramos, who considerably surprisingly stepped as much as take the kick, fired his shot into the highest nook to extend Madrid’s lead.
Ronaldo made it 4-1 within the 62nd minute with a 35-yard free-kick that Athletic goalkeeper Iraizoz will really feel disenchanted to have let in.
The Portugal worldwide accomplished the scoring late on after Athletic had got here near pulling a late objective again when Javi Martinez hit the crossbar from shut vary.
Esteban Granero was fouled inside the realm by Amorebieta and Ronaldo netted a twice-taken penalty to extend his league tally to 14 for the season.