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2-2 at Torino
MILAN---Joe Hart gifted Inter Milan both its goals but
Torino managed to hold Stefano Pioli's side to a 2-2
draw in Serie A yesterday and damaged its bid for a
Champions League place.
Hart's first mistake allowed Geoffrey Kondogbia to score
before Torino fought back with goals from Daniele Baselli and
Afriyie Acquah. However, another error from the England
goalkeeper saw Antonio Candreva level.
Inter remained fifth and is five points behind third-placed
Napoli and the final qualifying position for Europe's premier
Napoli visits Empoli on Sunday. On the same day, Atalanta,
which lost 7-1 at San Siro last weekend, can move level with
Inter with a win over Pescara.
AC Milan can also close the gap when it hosts Genoa later
The match had been billed as the battle between Serie A's
top goalscorers. Torino and Italy forward Andrea Belotti led
the league with 22, two more than Inter captain Mauro Icardi.
Icardi had the ball in the back of the net in the eighth minute
but the Argentine was offside on Ever Banega's through ball.
Inter did go in front in the 27th minute
when Kondogbia's effort squirmed be-
tween Hart's hands.
Its lead lasted just six minutes
before Baselli was left unmarked to
head in after a corner was flicked on
by Cristian Molinaro.
Belotti may not have got on the
scoresheet but he helped set up To-
rino's second with a cross-field pass to
Juan Iturbe, who pulled back for Acquah
to curl into the top left corner in the 59th.
Torino's lead lasted even less than Inter's
as the visitors leveled three minutes
later when Hart completely
missed a cross and Can-
dreva fired into an
Hart made some
amends with a
great save to keep
out Eder's effort
with nine minutes
Ronaldo leads Real
past Bilbao 2-1
set up two goals to lead Real Madrid
to a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao and a
five-point lead in the Spanish league
The Portugal forward passed for Ka-
rim Benzema to open the scoring in the
25th minute after Bilbao dominated the
opening stretch at San Mames Stadium.
Bilbao equalized through Aritz Aduriz's
header in the 65th, but three minutes later
Ronaldo flicked on a corner kick for Case-
miro to finish off and restore the visitors'
advantage for good.
"We won at a very difficult ground.
We had to dig in but we played with real
character," Madrid coach Zinedine Zi-
dane said. "It was extremely important
to win today and keep on track. There
are 11 games left in the league and every
single one will be crucial."
Madrid has 65 points with sec-
ond-placed Barcelona on 60 before the
defending champions host Valencia on
Sunday. Madrid will then also have a game
in hand after next week's international
The loss ended Bilbao's home unbeaten
streak at 13 games in the league, one short
of a club record of 14 matches established
Madrid spent long stretches in its half
absorbing Bilbao's pressure brought by
wingers Inaki Williams and Inigo Leque.
But Madrid's finishing proved the dif-
ference. As Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde
put it: "They beat us with two moments
Midfielder Casemiro played a part in
Benzema's goal when he spotted Ronaldo
breaking down the left. Ronaldo received
his long pass and squared the ball for
Benzema to slot into the side of the net.
Benzema's goal put him in the top-10
La Liga scorers in Madrid's history with
119 goals in 237 matches. Ronaldo has the
club record with 280.
Madrid had little trouble repelling Bil-
bao's crosses until Williams forced Keylor
Navas to make a difficult save early in the
Shortly after, Williams sped past
Marcelo and crossed for Raul Garcia to
head the ball back to the center of the six-
yard box where Aduriz nodded it home.
Bilbao's push was deflated by Ronal-
do, however, when he headed on a corner
kick for Casemiro to control and tap in
"I know what my duties in the team are
and that's not scoring goals because there
are more gifted players than me playing
further forward," Casemiro said. "Having
said that, if I can score, then all the better."
ALAVES 1, REAL SOCIEDAD 0
Deyverson's goal just before halftime
secured Alaves a win over regional Basque
Country rival Real Sociedad.
Sociedad was left with 10 men from the
67th after Esteban Granero picked up his
second yellow card.
With a second consecutive loss, So-
ciedad missed the chance to move into
fifth place and lost ground on the top
four spots that earn Champions League
EIBAR 1, ESPANYOL 1
Enrique Garcia headed in Pedro Le-
on's cross for Eibar in the 20th, before
Espanyol midfielder Jose Jurado equalized
shortly after halftime.
The splitting of the points did little to
help both sides' hopes of qualifying for
the Europa League.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale contends for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San
Jose during their Spanish La Liga encounter at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao,
northern Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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