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2019-2020 LaLiga
  • Sergio Ramos (73' PEN)

Late Ramos penalty extends Real Madrid's La Liga lead

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Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points thanks to a late win against Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic's San Mames is one of the toughest away trips in Spain and Real faced another gruelling match even without any fans in the stadium, as the Basques continually closed them down and subjected them to their usual aerial bombardment.

But Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute after Marcelo had been fouled.

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Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon attempted to distract Ramos but the veteran defender maintained his composure to seal the important victory while scoring a 22nd consecutive penalty for club and country and move into double figures for goals this season.

That result not only strengthened Madrid's position at the top of the table but continued their perfect start since returning from lockdown.

Zinedine Zidane's side have won six games from six and have now not conceded in their last three.

Barcelona can cut Madrid's advantage back to four points when they travel to Villarreal later on Sunday, but having won only once in their last four games the upper hand in the title race is with Madrid.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 38 +45 87
2 Barcelona 38 +48 82
3 Atletico Madrid 38 +24 70
4 Sevilla FC 38 +20 70
5 Villarreal 38 +14 60
6 Real Sociedad 38 +8 56
7 Granada 38 +7 56
8 Getafe 38 +6 54
9 Valencia 38 -7 53
10 Osasuna 38 -8 52
11 Athletic Bilbao 38 +3 51
12 Levante 38 -6 49
13 Real Valladolid 38 -11 42
14 Eibar 38 -17 42
15 Real Betis 38 -12 41
16 Alavés 38 -25 39
17 Celta Vigo 38 -12 37
18 Leganes 38 -21 36
19 Mallorca 38 -25 33
20 Espanyol 38 -31 25