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Santiago Bernabeu (ATT 72,231) 1st September 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: C Clos Gomez

R Madrid Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

R Madrid 3

Isco (26, 72)
C Ronaldo (45+2)

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Ath Bilbao 1

I Gomez (79)

Another win for Real Madrid

Last Updated: 01/09/13 2:25pm

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the season as Real Madrid made it three wins out of three by comfortably seeing off Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Bernabeu.

Midfielder Isco Alarcon opened the scoring in the 26th minute, while Ronaldo headed in a free-kick just before half-time. Isco then struck again midway through the second half, while Ibai Gomez scored a consolation goal for the visitors, who never really got into the game.

Although Isco and Ronaldo got on the scoresheet, it was former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric who took the plaudits from the home fans after a man-of-the-match performance in which he pulled all the strings, while also playing a pivotal role in limiting Athletic's midfield from influencing the game.

As Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had announced the day before, Diego Lopez was chosen again ahead of Iker Casillas in goal, while Mesut Ozil, who acted angrily to being substituted against Granada on Monday, was left out in favour of Sami Khedira, who recovered from a knee injury.

Athletic midfielder Ander Herrera, who was the subject of a bid from Manchester United last week, was left on the substitutes bench and played no part in the game, which could fuel further transfer speculation considering he started both of the club's previous games.

It took the hosts 24 minutes before they had their first real attempt on goal, Ronaldo cutting inside from the left to force visiting goalkeeper Iago Herrerin to push the ball out. From the resulting corner Sergio Ramos headed the ball inches away from the back post and just beyond the reach of team-mate Marcelo.

A minute later, Madrid, who boast a fantastic record against Athletic in recent years, took the lead. Karim Benzema played the ball over the top and slack positioning by Andoni Iraola played Isco onside, and the midfielder was left unmarked to control and shoot past Herrerin.

That incident aside, Athletic were organised but were toothless in attack.

Their only effort in the first half was a free-kick from Benat Etxebarria which went just wide.

Madrid extended their lead in first-half stoppage-time. Angel Di Maria delivered a perfect cross for Ronaldo to head into the opposite corner and open his account for the campaign.

The Portuguese striker could have returned the favour to Di Maria early in the second half when he raced towards goal and saw the Argentinian unmarked on the right-hand side, but opted to shoot instead, seeing his effort blocked.

Isco made sure of the points with 12 minutes remaining, receiving the ball from Benzema on the area to set himself up for a volley which flew into the top corner, with the help of a deflection from an Athletic defender.

Athletic substitute Ibai pulled one back for Ernesto Valverde's side with 11 minutes remaining, but there was never any danger in them getting back into the match.

Madrid go joint top with Villarreal having taken all nine points from their opening three games, while Athletic suffered their first defeat of the season.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 16 35
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 30
6 Sevilla 15 30
7 Malaga 16 30
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 16 19
12 Getafe 16 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 16 13
18 Granada 16 13
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 16 10