Liga • Day 35 
 
Liga  • Day 35 
    
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91'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

These are really nervous moments for Real Madrid! Pepe's flick on put Casillas in trouble, with Iborra doing his best to squeeze a shot underneat the keeper. But Casillas just about makes the save.

 
 
89'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That would have been spectacular! Ronaldo flicks a freekick towards goal, with Ramos meeting the rebound on the overhead kick. But the strike flashes just past the post. Wow!

87' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

By putting Illaramendi on for Isco Ancelotti is essentially holding on for what he has. Real Madrid are sitting deep inside their own half, plugging the gaps as the home side press really hard.

86' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This is now turning into one of the best games of the season. Sevilla are throwing everything at this, with the home crowd in full song. Real Madrid are holding on for a crucial three points.

85'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

How did that stay out of the Real Madrid net?! First of all Casillas makes a scrambled stop at his near post from Gameiro, with Suarez then sticking the rebound just past the far post. Incredible!

83' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Varane has the ball nipped off his toe by Gameiro, but the French defender has the pace to get back at his compatriot and make the challenge before he has target a shot at Casillas.

82' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This is turning into an excellent finale at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan! The home crowd are well up for this and are pushing their team forward in the search for an equalising goal.

81'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid
 
80'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sevilla 2 (80 mins - Vicente Iborra) Real Madrid 3. Hold on! Don't write off Sevilla yet! Real Madrid were cut open down the right side and Iborra sweeps home past Casillas.

79' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

With those two changes Emery has had one last throw of the dice. Gameiro invariably comes up with a goal after coming on for Sevilla, and the home side need something from him here.

77' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This would be a huge win for Real Madrid. This win could give them the momentum they need to push Barcelona all the way in the Liga title race. Real test of their character tonight.

76'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid
75' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sevilla now have to chase the game, which suits Real Madrid. With Ramos, Pepe and Varane all on the pitch, they can sit deep and defend on the edge of their own penalty area.

74' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This result would draw Real Madrid to within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga. There is still plenty to play for in Spain, even if Barca are sticking eight past opponents!

73'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid
72' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That was Bale's first contribution to the game, and it was a good one. Ronaldo still had a lot to do with the header, but the Welsh winger's cross to the back post was excellent. Fantastic whip.

 
70'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sevilla 1 Real Madrid 3 (70 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo). What a fantastic header! Bale sends a cross to the back post, where Ronaldo loops a header back across goal and into the net.

69' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That change from Ancelotti wil give Real Madrid more of a threat on the counter attack. Bale will stretch the pitch and give them more of an outlet on the break. Tactical switch from the Italian.

66' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That wasn't far away. Isco plays the ball back to Kroos, who comes on to it on the run. But the German midfielder's shot screws just over the crossbar, with Rico rooted to the spot.

65' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

James makes deep inroads into the Sevilla half, driving the home side's defence closer and closer to their own goal. But the Colombian's shot is tame in the end, and is blocked by the defender.

63' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

It looks like Ancelotti is preparing to throw on Bale for the final 25 minutes of this game. The Welsh winger is stripped and taking some instructions from Clement on the touchline.

62'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo should have done better! Isco picks out the Portuguese forward at the far post with an excellent cross, but he should have looped it over the keeper. Instead Rico has a simple stop.

61' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Real Madrid aren't committing as many players forward as they were at times during the first half. They're being more conservative now, protecting what they have rather than going for more.

 
60' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

The home side try to create the shooting opportunity through Reyes and Bacca, but Tremoulinas tries the wrong pass when the ball is worked out to him on the left wing. Disappointing.

59' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sevilla are enjoying a good share of possession at the moment. Real Madrid are standing off and allowing the home side to apply pressure on their defence. Strategy or just a breather?

56' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Why do Real Madrid continue to let Ronaldo take their freekicks? He has scored one this season, and this time he smashes one straight into the wall. He has lost the technique he used to have!

55' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Reyes can't keep the half-volley low! The former Arsenal man fires off an effort at the edge of the Real Madrid box after a cross from the left side by Tremoulinas. That was an opportunity.

54' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Mbia wins a header from a corner kick, forcing Casillas into a save - pushing the ball over the bar. But the referee penalises Bacca for a foul off the ball and Real Madrid have the freekick.

52' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Kroos gets to the edge of the Sevilla penalty area and fires away an effort at goal. But the German midfielder's shot flashes past the post. That wasn't far away at all from the former Bayern man.

50' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Casillas was completely rooted to the spot! Mbia gets his head on a corner kick and flicks a header towards goal, but the ball bounces past the near post with the Real Madrid keeper beaten.

 
49' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Of course, Sevilla are unbeaten at home this season - and they are extremely proud of that record. They will fight right up until the end to maintain that record. This isn't over yet.

48' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

It's Sevilla who have started the second half better. They built up some momentum before the half-time whisle, and they seem to have picked up where they left off in the second period.

47' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Fantastic cross from Figueiras! The Sevilla whipped a wicked delivery into the Real Madrid box, looking for Bacca. But Pepe dealt with it well, heading away for a corner kick.

46' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

It looked like Real Madrid were set to coast to victory after taking a 2-0 lead through a Ronaldo double in the first half, but Bacca's penalty kick before the break has kept this game alive.

45'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

The second half is under way at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan! Real Madrid hold a 2-1 lead over Sevilla.

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Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

What did you make of the first half? Will Real Madrid hold on to claim a crucial three points at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan? Can Sevilla complete the comeback? Tweet me!

47'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

HALF TIME: Sevilla 1-2 Real Madrid. It's the visitors that go into the break with the lead, but you could argue that it's Sevilla that have the momentum for the second half after Bacca's goal.

45'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sevilla 1 (45 mins - Carlos Bacca) Real Madrid 2. Sevilla have a way back into the match! Vidal is brought down in the box by Ramos and Baca converts to halve the deficit.

44' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Of course, Messi scored twice for Barcelona in their 8-0 win over Cordoba earlier today, putting him on 40 Liga goals for the season. Tonight's double puts Ronaldo on 41. The race continues.

 
43' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Real Madrid look very dangerous on the attack now. There's a swagger back in their play, with Ronaldo strutting about the Sevilla penalty area. He's hunting down a hat-trick now.

42' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Can the home side find a goal before the interval? That would at least give them something to build on for the second half. Bacca has ben quiet over the past 20 minutes or so.

41' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo has become a poacher, playing on the shoulder of the last man, over the past six months or so. He doesn't drop as deep as he used to, leaving the build-up play to his teammates.

40' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

It's worth remembering that Sevilla were 2-0 down against Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjaun earlier in the season, and rallied to a draw. So this game isn't over yet.

38' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

What a massive call from Emery to keep Krychowiak for so long. The midfielder was off the field for at least six minutes, in which time Real Madrid scored twice. Why did they wait so long?

37'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sevilla 0 Real Madrid 2 (37 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo). Wow! Wha a couple minutes for Real Madrid! Hernandez flicks on a cross to Ronaldo, who stabs home with his studs at the back post. London buses, and all that.

36' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

What a great time for Real Madrid to get a goal, 10 minutes before the break. And the goal came with Sevilla down to 10 men as they make a decision on whether to make a sub!

35'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sevilla 0 Real Madrid 1 (35 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo). Isco gets to the byline and crosses into the area, where Ronaldo is lurking - heading past Rico! That's the goal he's been waiting for.

34' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

The home side have been short of a player for about four minutes now. It's worth remembering that Bacca's winner in this game last season came when Bale was changing his boot.

 
33' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sevilla are down to 10 men for the time being, as Emery makes a call on whether to make a change. Real Madrid are camped on the edge of the penalty area, but Sevilla are holding form.

32' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

I think it has been overlooked that Marcelo has been in excellent form for Real Madrid over the past few weeks and month. And the left-back has been an effective outlet down the wing once again.

31' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This has been a fascinating game so far. The flow has swung back and forth between the two teams, but Real Madrid are certainly the more frustrated of the sides. Ronaldo in particular.

30'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid
29' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

It was Carrico who made the challenge to deny Ronaldo from close-range. The Sevilla defender has made a couple of excellent interventions in this opening half hour. Great defender.

28' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Hernandez did really well to cut back the ball for Ronaldo. The pass wasn't an easy one for the on-loan Manchester United striker, but he managed to find the run of his teammate.

27'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo thought he had a tap-in! Hernandez squared the ball for the Ballon d'Or holder, but the two Sevilla defenders are on hand to smother the shot from Ronaldo. Last ditch defending.

26' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ancelotti is out on the touchline to demand more of his players. The Italian doesn't seem to pleased with the way things are going here for Real Madrid. Sevilla are on top right now.

25'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid
24' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Hernandez has struggled to make any real impression in this game so far. The Mexican has made an impact since coming into the team in recent weeks, but hasn't been involved tonight.

 
23' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Isco opens the play out with a nice touch, setting up the counter attack for Real Madrud. But the away team take far too long to plot their nxt move, allowing Sevilla to get back in numbers.

22'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That was mightily close! Bacca fizzes an exceptional cross across the face of goal looking for Reyes at the back post, but the former Arsenal man can't quite make the connection.

21' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Casillas comes off his line to smother Bacca! Reyes slots a pass through to the Colombian, with his first touch taking the striker past Pepe. But the keeper is out quickly to save.

20' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo has the ball on the edge of the box and tries to pick out a pass to Hernandez, but is crowded out by no less than five Sevilla defenders. That pretty much sums up Real Madrid's play so far.

18' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

However, on the flip side of that Isco has been in something of a slump over the past month or so. The playmaker is struggling for form, but Ancelotti doesn't really have any other options.

17' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

James has been in excellent form for Real Madrid since coming back from injury. The Colombian has enjoyed a really successful debut season in La Liga, and is now undroppable for Ancelotti.

16' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sevilla are enjoying a good spell of pressure here. They have so much energy in attack, and at the moment Real Madrid are struggling to deal with it. Bacca also provides a physical threat.

14'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sloppy defending from Real Madrid! Ramos get caught out, with Banega clipping the ball over the defender. However, Varane is aware and gets back on to the line to make he clearance.

13' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Bacca will hold the key for Sevilla if they are to claim a result tonight and maintain their unbeaten run at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season. The striker has been in excellent form.

 
12' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

After a frenetic start to the game, Real Madrid have settled down and are now playing their game. James has enjoyed a good start to the match, with Isco looking for the killer final ball.

11' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo already looks frustrated as he struts about the pitch. Is he stil in a huff since the mid-week win over Almeria? That save from Rico will not have improved his mood tonight.

10'
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

How hasn't that ended up in the net?! Marcelo finds Ronaldo with an excellent cross into the penalty area, but Rico makes an astounding save to deny the winger from close range. Incredible stuff!

9' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

That was wild from Ronaldo. He picked up the ball and surged towards goal, shooting from about 20 yards out. But the shot is really poor from the Real Madrid number seven and flies well over the bar.

8' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

With Luka Modric still out injured, Ramos is playing in the centre of midfield again. That might work against Sevilla, who will be looking to hit hard and fast on the counter attack tonight.

6' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is on the bench for Real Madrid tonight, having missed the last few weeks of action through injury. Ancelotti has decided that the Welshman isn't quite ready for the first team yet.

5' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Sevilla are fired up for this one! They have the chance to secure Champions League footbal for next season, and haven't suffered defeat at home in La Liga all season. What a record.

4' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

Ronaldo wins a freekick about 20 yards out, with the Real Madrid number seven lining up the shot from the set piece. But the shot is wild and the ball flies well over Rico's goal. Terrible.

 
2' 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

This is a massive game in the Spanish league season. Real Madrid need to pick up three points to stay within touching distance of Barcelona at the top of the table. This should be good.

18:55 
Sevilla FC - Real MadridSevilla FC
2 - 3
Real MadridSevilla FC - Real Madrid

TEAM NEWS: Sevilla - Rico, Figueiras, Carrico, Kolo, Tremoulinas, Krychowiak, Mbia, Vidal, Banega, Reyes, Bacca. /// Real Madrid - Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marceloa, Kroos, Ramos, James, Isco, Ronaldo, Chicharito.

92' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Miranda is up from the back and sends a volley towards goal on the spin, but his effort drifts over the bar. That would have been a spectacular way to win this match for Atletico!

91' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

There's still a sense of injustice inside the Vicente Calderon after the incorrect call to disallow two Atletico Madrid goals. But can they put that aside for the final few minutes of this match?

89' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Atletico Madrid sling a couple of set pieces into the Athletic Bilbao penalty area, but as they have done all game the away side deal with the threat well. They're in good shape for a point.

88' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Was that a deliberate booking from Godin? That yellow cards means that the centre back will miss Atletico Madrid's next game. But the game after that one? It's against Barcelona.

 
85' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

The Vicente Calderon crowd feels that everything is going against their team now. He makes another decision against Atletico Madrid, and the home crowd goes nuts again!

83' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

I'm surprised Atletico Madrid haven't played more long balls into Mandzukic, working off the Croatian's flick-ons and hold up play. I thought that would be there strategy once he came on.

82' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

That was cheap from Laporte. He has been impressive by and large this afternoon, but he fouls Mandzukic when he didn't need to and Atletico Madrid have the chance to swing in a set-piece.

80' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Athletic Bilbao are relying on Williams more and more as this game progresses, with the Basque club looking to hit hard and fast on the counter attack. They still carry a threat here.

79' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Was that a push on Itturaspe? Juanfran pushes into the back of the Athletic Bilbao midfielder, but the referee decides to play on and awards Atletico Madrid the throw-in. Contentious.

78'
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

That was an opportunity for Griezmann! Laporte's poor header allows the Frenchman to run through and round Herrerin, but the angle is too tight and he slips trying to get a shot away.

 
77' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Valverde's changes have made Athletic Bilbao a much more solid team. They are sitting deep now and playing for a draw effectively. Their centre-backs are holding firm for the time being.

74' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

That was a chance for Athletic Bilbao to nick one on the break. Williams got in behind the Atletico Madrid backline, but Godin did really well to make the challenge on the attacker.

73'
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Great save from Herrerin! Siquiera's cross from the byline on the left side is flicked up in the air by Laporte, with Griezmann sending a shot goalwards. But the keeper rushes off his line to make the stop!

72' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

The Atletico Madrid players are still appealing to the referee, and with good cause. That's two goals now that the Liga champions have had wrongly chalked off. Terrible officiating from the linesman.

71'
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Can you believe it?! That's three times that Atletico Marid have had the ball in the net, with Tiago this time finishing off a Turan cross, and been callef offside. And it's the wrong call again!

70' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Atletico Madrid haven't created a clearcut goalscoring opportunity yet, but they are dominating the possession around the away team's box now. Starting to look rather ominious.

69' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Mandzukic hasn't made much of an impact since coming on. Injury still seems to be hindering the Croatian striker, and Atletico Madri need to start playing to their frontman's strengths.

68' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Brave goalkeeping from Herrerin! Turan clips a pass through to Griezmann, who races into the box. But the Athletic Bilbao keeper comes off his line to make the interception with his hand.

 
66' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

The dynamic of the match has shifted in the last five minutes or so. Athletic Bilbao are camped inside their own half now as Atletico Madrid apply some pressure of their own.

65' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

More shouts for a penalty kick from Atletico Madrid! Godin thinks he was dragged to the ground by San Jose as he tried to meet Koke's cross, but the referee says that it was a fair challenge.

64' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

That was a good tackle from Etxeita. Turan was making good progress in the Atletico Madrid penalty area, but the Athletic Bilbao defender came across to make the sliding challenge.

63' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Atletico Madrid need something extra for the final half hour of this match. This isn't exactly going to play, with Athletic Bilbao having more and more joy in the final third. Threatening.

62' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Iraola has been brought off, with the attacker pulling his groin. Clearly he wasn't worth the risk and he has been replaced with Lopez. Athletic Bilbao will play in the same formation and shape.

60' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Indeed, Simeone hasn't waited long to make changes - with the Argentine making two obvious switches. Turan has come on to give Atletico Madrid some eneregy in the final third.

 
57'
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

Athletic come so close to taking the lead! Sola takes a shot from about 10 yards out, with the effort deflecting off Miranda and bouncing just past the far post. Oblak was beaten there.

56' 
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
0 - 0
Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid - Athletic Club

The exasperation i rising inside the Vicente Calderon. There have been a few questionnable decisions made by the referee, and the Atletico fans are letting their frustration known.

54'
Atlético Madrid - Athletic ClubAtlético Madrid
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Griezmann has the ball in the back of the net, but not for the first time the flag is raised for offside. Tiago played the ball over the top with a chip, but replays show that he was onside by a couple yards!

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Atletico Madrid are relying on a lot of crosses into the Athletic Bilbao penalty area, but is that really the best strategy when in open play they only have Griezmann and Torres up there?

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That was bizarre! Garcia should have had the shot on goal from the edge of the box, but he decides to play a reverse pass into Torres, with the goalkeeper wrongfooted as a result. He makes the save though.

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The delivery from Koke was poor, in that instance. The Spanish midfielder had the chance to swing a cross into the Athletic Bilbao box, but there's too much weight on it for anyone in the area.

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Laporte and Torres come together as they challenge for the ball, with the decision going the way of the Atletico Madrid striker. The defender can't understand why he has been punished.

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I wonder how long it will be until Turan is brought on in this second half. The Turkish international has been given a rest for this game, but Atletico Madrid could use his energy and tenacity.

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Without Aduriz in the team Athletic Bilbao are lacking cutting edge in the final third, but they still have threat in Rico and Iraola. They are playing a more conservative style though.

 
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Athletic Bilbao's high line has worked so far in keeping out Atletico Madrid, with Griezmann in particular caught offside more than once. But how will long will it hold firm for?

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As the players come on to the pitch for the second half Torres is still nipping at the ear of the referee, unhappy at the decision not to award Atletico Madrid a penalty kick in the first half.

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What did you make of the first half? Can Athletic Bilbao claim a result here? Should Atletico Madrid have had a penalty kick for the perceived foul on Torres? Tweet me!

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HALF-TIME Atletico Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao. The home team are unhappy with the referee after some of his decisions, but in truth there hasn't been much between the two teams.

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The home side have the ball in the back of the net, with Griezmann reacting quickly to pounce on a loose ball and finish past the goalkeeper. But the flag is up, and he was offside.

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Atletico Madrid have a loud shout for a penalty kick turned down by the referee! Koke finds Torres at the back post with a cross, and the striker feels he was held back by Etxeita. No pen though.

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Athletic Bilbao will be tested from set pieces, as every team that comes up against Atletico Madrid is. However, they have dealt with them reasonably well so far - when their keeper doesn't come out.

 
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That wasn't so certain from Herrerin. He came of his line to make a punch from an Atletico Madrid corner kick, but didn't get much on the ball. Miranda came close to making the header!

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Seven points separate Atletico Madrid from Valencia in the table, with both sides battling for third place. Simeone's side can widen that gap with victory over Athletic Bilbao here.

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Barcelona beat Cordoba 8-0 (yes, that's EIGHT) earlier in the day - which puts them five points clear at the top of the league table, with Real Madrid set to play later this evening. They need to close that gap.

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Athletic Bilbao have actually equipped themselves rather well in the opening 35 minutes of this game. They are seeing plenty of the ball, but haven't really created much in the final third.

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That was a half chance for the away side. Iturraspe tries to test Oblak from about 20 yards, curling an effort towards the target, but he doesn't quite get his angles right and the shot drifts wide.

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Of course, this isn't about the title for Atletico Madrid any more. They are fighting to clinch third place in La Liga, which would secure their automatic qualification to next season's Champions League.

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With De Marcos attacking so readily down the left side of the pitch much of the onus will be on Juanfran to get down the right side for Atletico Madrid. Not that he needs much of an excuse.

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Once again, Griezmann is played in behind the backline - wih the Atletico Madrid frontman through on goal. But the flag is up! And the Frenchman looked to be slightly offside.

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Juanfran gets down the right side, after being played in behind the Athletic Bilbao defence by Gabi, but the right back made his run slightly too early and the flag is raised on the near side.

 
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Griezmann moving further inside means no Turan means Atletico are not offering a great deal of pace out wide and they haven't got behind the visitors defence so far.

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Inaki Williams threatens to break clear to the Atletico defence but his first touch takes him away from goal and Miranda gets back to cover. Outstanding pace from the 20 year old.

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Siqueira goes for the spectacular as he tries to lob Iago Herrerin from the halfway line after spotting the goalkeeper upfield, but his effort doesn't quite have enough on it.

 
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Griezmann causes panic the the Athletic penalty area, threatening to control a looping ball into the box before just being caught offside.

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The Frente Atletico - the Atleti ultras - are making a fine old racket behind the goal at the south end of the ground on a bright afternoon in the Spanish capital.

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First chance goes the way of Iraola for Athletic, who heads just over from around 15 yards. Oblak was beaten had that been on target.

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Athletic, meanwhile, face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, and are also chasing the poisoned chalice that is Europa League football. That said, Spanish teams have an excellent record in that competition including Athletic, who reached the final in 2012.

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Game on at the Calderon! Atletico's season will end without major silvwerware following their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, but they will be keen to secure a top three finish with Sevilla and Valencia lurking six points back.

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TEAM NEWS: Atletico Madrid - Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Siqueira, Tiago, Gabi, Garcia, Koke, Griezmann, Torres. /// Athletic Bilbao - Herrerin, De Marcos, Bustinza, Laporte, San Jose, Mikel Rico, Iraola, Sola, Williams.

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Atletico Madrid can edge closer to securing third place in La Liga with a victory this afternoon, with Valencia and Sevilla still in the hunt for Champions League football in Spain.

 
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Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. We'll bring you all the goals and action as it happens at Vicente Calderon. Kick-off: 17:00.

 
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2Real MadridReal Madrid853528161053273
3Atlético MadridAtlético Madrid76352375652639
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13Elche CFElche CF4035117173358-25
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20Córdoba CFCórdoba CF2035311212161-40