Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

Annette Crawford
September 18, 2018

The 33-time La Liga champions started the game with high confidence and it reflected in their dominant first 15 minutes of the game.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui and captain Sergio Ramos revealed their disappointment after Los Blancos' 1-1 draw with Athletic Club at San Mames.

However, the intensity of the game dropped down a bit as the game progressed.

"A draw is never good".

But Toni Kroos sent Gareth Bale clear with an excellent chipped pass and substitute Isco flicked in the Wales winger's cross to level shortly after his second-half introduction.

Both teams settled with one point each.

Madrid pressed for a victor but could not beat Simon a second time, leaving Lopetegui's men two points behind league leaders Barcelona, who maintained their flawless record.

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has come under the spotlight since last season for his poor goalscoring form.

The lethal forward signed for Real Madrid in 2009 but always played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bilbao went ahead in the 32nd when right back Oscar de Marcos made a run into the area, and squared the ball for Inaki Williams to finish off. Iker Muniain took the goal when he tapped in Williams' shot that was about to cross the goal-line.

Next Lopetegui's side begin the defence of their Champions League crown at home to Roma on Wednesday (20:00 BST), before returning to league duties against Espanyol on Saturday (19:45 BST). They also had numerous goal-scoring opportunities but they failed to convert the chances.

Isco has managed one goal and one assist in five appearances for Madrid in all competitions this season.

Manager Julen Lopetegui remained positive after the match, but admitted his team should have been more clinical in the game, the Spaniard stating: "We weren't decisive in the big moments".

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