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Athletic Bilbao Ties 1-1 against Real Madrid

BILBAO, Spain Ė Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid tied 1-1 in San Mames stadium, after a header by Isco Alarcon in the second half saved Los Blancos from defeat.

This is the first time that Real Madrid has dropped points this season in La Liga under new coach Julen Lopetegui, while Eduardo Berizzoís Athletic was given a boost of confidence.

Los Blancos lost no time putting pressure on Athletic, controlling and rapidly moving to ball in an attempt to find a week spot in the local teamís defense.

Real Madrid was close to scoring in the first minute, though Luka Modricís shot from close range, after a great cross by Gareth Bale, flew to the right of the post.

The Rojiblancos began to react at around the quarter-hour mark.

In the 14th minute, a shot from the right side by Athleticís IŮaki Williams flew to the left of the post, while a long-distance shot by Markel Susaeta just one minute later flew just over the upper-right corner.

In the 22nd minute, Athleticís Yuri Berchiche found an opportunity with a long-distance shot from the left, though the ball was blocked by keeper Thibaut Courtois, only to bounce back to Berchiche, whose second shot flew right into the goalieís hands.

Real Madrid was close to scoring in the 29th minute, though Marco Asensioís shot from the left was met with a great save by Athleticís Unai Simon.

The Rojiblancos scored just two minutes later, as Susaeta swerved his way into Real Madridís box, passing the ball to Iker Muniain, who tapped it in from close range.

After the break, Real Madridís Casemiro replaced Dani Ceballos, giving the team more speed, while Athletic lost some of their stamina as Muniain was replaced by Ander Capa.

The tie came in the 63rd minute, just after Isco replaced Modric.

Isco connected a brilliant cross by Bale from the right, placing the ball neatly into the left corner of the goal with a close-range header.

Athleticís Simon made another great save in the 68th minute, blocking a close-range shot by Asensio, and providing the Rojiblancos with the needed confidence to treat Real Madrid as equals.

 

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