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02.05.2012 » Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid. Champions with style in San Mamés!

Cristiano Ronaldo pointing to LPF La Liga badge on Real Madrid jersey, to let everyone know that Real Madrid are the champions in 2012

The Merengues confirmed the Spanish League title in San Mamés last night, after beating Athletic Bilbao by an impressive 0-3 result. Cristiano Ronaldo ended up missing a penalty-kick early in the game, but redeemed himself later on, with an assist to Mesut Ozil for the 2nd goal and a nice header that extended Real Madrid lead to 0-3. The Portuguese forward has now 44 goals in La Liga, 2 goals less than Lionel Messi, who scored an hat-trick against Malaga this Wednesday and reached the impressive mark of 46 goals in the league.

The wait is finally over as Real Madrid became La Liga 2011/2012 champions, after beating Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés, by 0-3! Higuaín, Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo added their names to the scoresheet in this game and helped assuring that the 3 points and the title weren't going to slip away, against one of the most strongest sides in the Spanish League. With two games left in the competition, Real Madrid retained their 7 points lead over Barcelona, which means that a remontada is mathematically impossible from now on. This is the 32th La Liga title in the Merengues history and it ends precisely a 3-years hegemony from Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid goals and highlights

There certainly were a few hiccups on Real Madrid's path to win this La Liga title, but at the same time, this achievement has to be seen as truly remarkable if we have in mind how difficult it was to finally end Barcelona's hegemony in Spain. With an impressive record of 36 games, 30 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, Real Madrid already reached 94 points in the league standings, having scored 115 goals and conceded 30. The numbers speak form themselves as the Merengues are close to end one of the most regular seasons they've ever had in their history. Critics? There will always be plenty, specially when the man behind this project goes by the name of José Mourinho.

The game in San Mamés wasn't exactly a critical one, since it could have been regarded as the first of three matchpoints coming ahead. However, Real Madrid knew that a victory this Wednesday night would assure them immediatly the title of Spanish champions and the players really put on a show in San Mamés, against a side that is widely considered as one of the most fierceful teams in Europe. A 0-3 victory allowed Real Madrid to clinch La Liga 2011/12, with still two games left in this season's schedule.

Cristiano Ronaldo new trick and dribbling technique, in Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid in 2012

One of the first highlights of the game took place near the 9th minute of the 1st half, when Javi Martínez appearently handed the ball inside Athletic's penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and as usual, Cristiano Ronaldo was called to take the kick. The Portuguese trembled and allowed Iraizoz to deflect his shot, a strike that ressembled some sort of a Panenka penalty-kick attempt. After 22 succesful penalty-kicks in a row in La Liga, Ronaldo finally missed one. However, the game would remain goalless only for a few more minutes...

With 16 minutes on the clock, Real Madrid showed a good attacking combination between Cristiano Ronaldo, Ozil and Higuaín, which the Argentinian brilliantly finished with a powerful and accurate shot. The Merengues had taken the lead and wouldn't drop it anymore in the game. Ronaldo was still visibily upset for having missed the penalty-kick just minutes before, but Real Madrid didn't slow down and managed to get that always important early opener.

Gonzalo Higuaín celebrating a goal for Real Madrid in 2012

Less than 5 minutes later, the second goal arrived and once again, Cristiano Ronaldo gave a decisive contribute. After a good pass from Xabi Alonso, CR7 was left with plenty of room to explore on the right wing and made a great low cross to the far post. His pass met Mesut Ozil completely unmarked and with the simple task of tapping the ball in. The roles seemed to have been switched with Ronaldo assisting Ozil, for the German's second goal in La Liga this season. Two goals advantage for Real Madrid and most of the fans had already started anticipating the long awaited party and celebrations.

The game kept being played intensely over the first half, but there wasn't any other relevant incident until the break. The second half started with Real Madrid very focused in the game, which actually paid off close to the 50th minute. Xabi Alonso took a corner kick on the team's left attacking side and Cristiano Ronaldo jumped unmarked and already very close to the goal line, making his 44th of the season in La Liga and extending the lead to 3 goals without response. Real Madrid proved once more why they outplayed every single team in Spain this year and increased La Liga's all-time record for goals scored in a season, with 115 goals in 36 games and still 2 matches left to be played (against Granada and Mallorca).

On a final note, the San Mamés crowd had a very hostile reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo, which led the Portuguese player to also respond in a few occasions. Starting with the shameful and provoking chants of "That Portuguese, son of a **** he is...", or simply throwing lighters and other objects to the field, it has to be said that the crowd really disappointed us. That being said, Ronaldo probably should have known better, but he ended up losing a bit of his emotional control, by responding to some of those provocations, first by pointing to Real Madrid and La Liga's badge and later on, just after the final whistle, by reacting to Javi Martínez who decided to ran into him to exchange a few words. This time, Cristiano Ronaldo had a typical Portuguese gesture called "Manguito", which basically means he told Javi Martínez to "shove it" and deal with it.

Cristiano Ronaldo responding to Javi Martínez insults and provocations, with a typical Portuguese hand gesture, called 'Manguito' by Zé Povinho, in San Mamés, for La Liga 2012

Real Madrid line-up vs Athletic Bilbao:

Goalkeeper: Casillas
Defenders: Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa
Midfielders: Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Attackers: Ozil, Callejón, Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín

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Real Madrid next game will be for La Liga, against Granada, this next Saturday (05-05-2012). You can watch Juventus live stream, Granada vs Real Madrid, Barcelona vs Espanyol, Liverpool vs Chelsea and Arsenal vs Norwich, all from our football live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo will probably be on a starter when Real Madrid visits Granada.

Granada vs Real Madrid kick-off time (05-05-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 03:00
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 18:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 12:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 12:00

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Cristiano Ronaldo pointing to Real Madrid's badge on his jersey, as a response to hostile Athletic Bilbao fans in the crowd, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo doing push-ups on the ground, during a Real Madrid game in 2012

Iker Casillas in action for Real Madrid, in a yellow goal keeper uniform, in 2012

Mesut Ozil ball control technique, in Real Madrid 2012

Sergio Ramos shirtless and showing his tatoos, muscles and naked chest, in Real Madrid 2012

Real Madrid players thanking the fans in the San Mamés crowd for supporting the team after winning La Liga in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo switching directions in a Real Madrid match in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo falling over an Athletic Bilbao defender, in 2012

José Mourinho being thrown to the air, by Real Madrid players, after winning La Liga in 2012

José Mourinho mad, in rage and in fury, grabbing Pepe by the neck, while celebrating Real Madrid being La Liga champions in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo header goal in Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick shot in Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid for La Liga in 2012

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