Real Madrid’s task of keeping pace with Barcelona at the top looked like it was going to be a formality after Amorebieta was sent off for handball inside the box after 20 minutes. Ronaldo scored from the spot for his fourth goal in two games, and it should have easy from then on.
But ten-man Bilbao valiantly fought back and managed an equaliser through Yeste just before half-time. They then still made Madrid suffer in the second half and it wasn’t until 17 mins before the end when Madrid finally broke through from a header by Higuain. That opened the floodgates and Ramos, Benzema and Marcelo all scored in the last ten minutes to give an over flattering scoreline for the most expensive team in the world.