Sunday, February 12, 2006

Madrid beats Bilbao

Real Madrid recovered against Athletic Bilbao and got a great victory. Young star Robinho's fifth minute goal and a stoppage time effort from sub Raul Bravo where enough for the 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao and restored some pride after the midweek cup drubbing at the hands of Real Zaragoza.

Indeed, Zidane's fine through ball set up Robinho for his early goal and Bravo came on in the 88th minute and made a prompt impact by scoring the second.

Actually it was a fifth successive league victory for Real, who are second in the table, seven points behind Barcelona.

Real Madrid, lacking injured David Beckham and Ivan Helguera, took a fifth-minute lead when Robinho ran on to meet Frenchman Zinedine Zidane's through ball and shot through the legs of advancing keeper Inaki Lafuente.

The Brazilian, whose scoring was his sixth in the league in the current season, wasted two more chances and Ronaldo spurned another as Madrid launched a series of swift counterattacks before the interval.

Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz, celebrating his 25th birthday, headed his team's clearest opportunity well wide in the 48th.

Bravo, who replaced Cicinho in the 88th minute, scored the second goal from close range from Robinho's pass to complete Madrid's victory.

Athletic de Bilbao, which has never been relegated since the league began in 1929, stayed in 18th place with 19 points after gaining just one victory in seven matches.