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Real Madrid clinch their seventh win on the bounce against Athletic

MATCH REPORT. 05/03/2022. Eduardo Olivera. Photographer: Pedro Castillo

Athenea and Nahikari netted for our team at the Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Real Madrid picked up a big win over Athletic in their second game this week, following Tuesday's Copa de la Reina Round of 16 success. Despite the demanding nature of the clash, Toril's team took all three points thanks to goals for Athenea and Nahikari in the second half to seal a seventh successive win and continue climbing up the table.

The first half was an evenly-matched affair with neither side able to assert any real dominance on the game and few chances presenting themselves at either end. With just about half-an-hour gone, the madridistas had a good chance to go in front but Esther's shot came back off a defender and Zornoza's subsequent effort flew wide. Esther then worked herself some space in the box shortly afterwards but she could only fire over the crossbar.

The goals arrive
The even nature of the clash continued after the break. The visitors could have been ahead just a few minutes into the second half but the crossbar denied Y. Corres. Madrid were sending balls into the box but the opposition defence continued to stand firm. Then, with 71 minutes on the clock, Athenea broke the deadlock when she pounced on a loose pass-back by the defender and beat Quiñones. Fifteen minutes later, Nahikari made sure of the points with a gorgeous chip from outside the box to ensure Real Madrid's fine run continues.

LINE-UPS
2-Real Madrid: Misa, K. Robles (Lucía, 90'), Ivana (Claudia F., 90’), Kaci, M. Oroz (Teresa, 68’), Asllani (Nahikari, 68’), Esther (Olga, 90’), Rocío, Zornoza, Athenea and Svava.
0-Athletic: Quiñones, Moraza, Garazi, Valdezate, Y. Corres (Peke, 69’), Oihane, Oguiza (Mariana, 80’), Eunate (Arana, 80’), Azkona, L. García and Itxaso.
 
Goals
1-0 (min. 71): Athenea.
2-0 (min. 86): Nahikari.

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