Bilbao beat Real Madrid 4-2

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Asier del Horno scored twice on Saturday as Athletic Bilbao humbled Spanish league leaders Real Madrid 4-2.

Bilbao beat Real Madrid 4-2

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Asier del Horno scored twice on Saturday as Athletic Bilbao humbled Spanish league leaders Real Madrid 4-2. Spanish international striker Raul scored twice for Madrid but the goals couldn't prevent his team from suffering their second defeat in four days, following the 3-2 loss against Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey final. Valencia will cut Madrid's lead to one point if they beat struggling Mallorca on Sunday. Madrid have 61 points from 29 matches, while Valencia have 57 and Barcelona 52. Real Madrid were without injured striker Ronaldo for the fourth successive game, and once again they missed the Brazilian star, whose absence has coincided with a major dip in form for the team. After a quiet start, Bilbao stunned Madrid with two goals just before halftime. Midfielder Fran Yeste struck first with a low curling shot from the edge of the area following a mistake by defender Ivan Helguera. Worse came for Madrid two minutes later when Spanish international striker Ismael Urzaiz leapt above the defence to nod home from a floated free kick by midfielder Roberto "Tiko" Martinez. Madrid rallied immediately after halftime with Raul powering home for his first league goal since January 3rd after Luis Figo had chipped the ball forward for Zinedine Zidane and Santiago Solari to head on. Carlos Queiroz's team piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser and drew level in the 62nd minute. Figo split the Bilbao defence to send Roberto Carlos clear on the left and the Brazilian full back crossed for Raul to race in and volley home. It was then Bilbao's turn to rally and Asier Del Horno, who had scored just once previously this season, netted twice in a devastating three-minute spell. The left back ran in at the far post in the 75th minute to head in a free kick by substitute Pablo Orzaiz. And then he extended the lead by rounding Helguera before sidefooting past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. League leaders Madrid remain on 61 points from 29 matches, while Valencia have 57 and Barcelona 52 - but Valencia could reduce that margin to just one point if they beat struggling Mallorca on Sunday. The result moves Bilbao to fifth place on 44 points. (AP)



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