Form and head to head stats Ath Bilbao vs R Madrid - Sky Sports
He will expect himself to score there, and it leaves the game still in the balance. Athletic don't have the same incisive nature as they did in the first half. Substitutions should be imminent, and honestly it's a bit surprising they haven't already been introduced. Ernesto Valverde maybe a little slow to make changes. — El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 22, 2023 62nd min: Athletic are screaming for a penalty but it's not given, and rightly so, as Eder Militao made a great tackle on Inaki Williams right on the end line that saw the Athletic man dramatically crumple to the turf. Eduardo Camavinga gets a yellow for a tackle in midfield. It's a bit soft but definitely at least a foul.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid summary: score, goals, highlights
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid H2H 22 jan 2023 - FcTables
com/rAFELDpI9H 15 mins to kick: The players are out of the tunnel for one last warmup before kickoff. The fans are still filtering into the stadium, but it should be a rowdy atmosphere once the game begins. 🔥 ¡VAMOS, EQUIPO! 🔥#AthleticRealMadrid pic. com/3hRbG5g1AG 🔴⚪️ 𝗔𝘂𝗽𝗮 𝗔𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰!! #AthleticRealMadrid#AthleticClub 🦁 pic. com/5uR220h0G9 — Athletic Club (@Athletic_en) January 22, 2023 30 mins to kick: Barcelona wins 1-0 on an early goal by Pedri, increasing the gap at the top of the table to six points. Real Madrid must win today or fall further back in the race. FC Warcelona 🔥 pic. com/2VPm9AzEz8 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2023 45 mins to kick: Eduardo Camavinga is seeing a run in the side, thanks to Aurelien Tchouameni's injury, and Carlo Ancelotti has called him "untouchable" in the transfer market despite rumours of a move to Arsenal on loan.
Those alterations, plus faith in Eduardo Camavinga, proved vital as all aforementioned starters put forth quality performances. The finishes from Benzema and Kroos were highlight-reel moments, as both required significant body control to pick out the bouncing ball on the volley. Benzema struck first, scoring just before the half-hour mark with an excellent finish despite his back to goal. It forced Athletic Club to chase the game, and they did just that, pouring on the pressure in the final 20 minutes of the match. At one point it seemed a miracle they couldn't find a deserved equaliser for their hard work.
35th min: Athletic Club aren't attacking through the middle, mostly progressing down the flanks instead, so Eduardo Camavinga hasn't had a ton to do defensively, but in possession the young French midfielder has been quite good so far, in now his fourth consecutive start in league play. 19/21 passing, with both misses coming on long deliveries. Important possessional display early against the occasional Athletic press, which has proven energetic and pinpoint.
Iker Muniain goes down dramatically under a challenge from Nacho Fernandez. It's a clear dive but the referee buys it. Athletic have done that a few times, if we're being honest. 70th min: Chance, Athletic Club! How has Nico Williams not scored there??? The ball drops to him with nobody in the same zip code, and somehow he misses the target completely! Antonio Rudiger lost his mark, but isn't made to pay. What a miss! Athletic bring on a trio of substitutions, with Gorka Guruzeta, Ander Herrera, and Iker Muniain all into the match. 66th min: Chance, Real Madrid! Goodness, Marco Asensio came so close to doubling Real Madrid's lead! Karim Benzema slips Asensio through down the right edge of the six-yard box, but somehow he drags the shot wide across the face of goal.
It would be silly for Madrid to let him go at this point given their current squad makeup. He's a necessary piece of that puzzle. Sobre el interés que ha mostrado Arsenal por Eduardo Camavinga. Ancelotti llama al mediocampista 'INTOCABLE' 👀 pic. com/3jxCM8wpY3 — ESPN Deportes (@ESPNDeportes) January 22, 2023 70 mins to kick: The Athletic Club lineup is in, and head coach Ernesto Valverde has made a change up front. The club has managed just one goal in their last three league games, so regular striker Gorka Guruzeta sits as does backup Raul Garcia, moving Inaki Williams back into the central striker role after a recent run out on the wing. They are also starting a pair of backup centre-backs due to injury and suspension. 90 mins to kick: It's packed outside San Mames Barria Stadium! The Athletic fans are buzzing, this is a match that can reignite their charge up the table after their good early-season form has fizzled a bit.
Kickoff: The game resumes with no changes at halftime, which is no surprise as both teams had some positivity to build on in this second half. HALFTIME: Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid A cagey first half overall, but both sides will be able to take positives from the 45 minutes. Real Madrid controlled a lot of possession and took the sting out of the game for stretches, and Athletic Club proved bright when they managed to get on the ball. The two Williams brothers were positive and incisive when they managed to get possession in the attacking third, but had little support.