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Result: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Date: 13 December 2015

Venue: Vicente Calderon

Antoine Griezmann’s second half strike handed Atletico Madrid a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid had a solid start to the half, but twelve minutes into the half Athletic Club’s Aduriz produced a fine header that forced the Atleti goalkeeper into a good save. The game was proving to be a fairly even affair in the opening exchanges but Aduriz rocked up in the 25th minute with a super shot from outside the box that was well saved.

A few moments later, the visitors took the lead after Aymeric Laporte slotted the ball home from close range, 1-0. The goal seemed to shift momentum to the visiting side as they began to put together some lovely attacking moves.

Benat almost extended Athletic Bilbao’s lead in the 42nd minute when he sent the ‘keeper to the top corner for a fine save.

The hosts added numbers into their attack as the half-time whistle loomed, and Yannick Carrasco came close to levelling matters in the 45th minute. A few moments later Saul Niguez managed to convert a close range header to level matters right on the stroke of half-time.

The visiting side had a bright start to the second stanza, and Aduriz almost grabbed a second for Bilbao before Niguez forced a good save out of the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper in the 55th minute as the hosts began to gain momentum in the second half.

The second half was proving to be a fairly matched affair as both sides had a go at each other, but it Antoine Griezmann who finally got the breakthrough in the 66th minute to give Atleti a 2-1 advantage.

The home side continue to gain momentum as the half progressed, but a stubborn Bilbao outfit was proving difficult to break through. The game would end 2-1 in favour of Atleti.

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