Sergio Ramos continued his prolific run of form in front of goal as Real Madrid kept up their charge for the La Liga title.
The veteran defender grabbed the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, extending Madrid’s lead at the top – at least momentarily – to seven points.
His penalty in the 73rd minute at the San Mames stadium proved to be the difference between the sides, and took his personal tally to five goals in seven matches since the restart.
No other player has scored more goals during that time, although his strike on Sunday was his third from the penalty spot.
The 34-year-old tucked away his latest effort with composure, keeping an eye on the goalkeepers movements before firing into the bottom left hand corner.
Madrid may consider themselves somewhat fortunate to have earned the penalty in the first place.
Dani Garcia was adjudged to have tripped Marcelo in the box, and did make contact, but the Madrid full-back was nowhere close to getting the ball.
Ramos has now netted 12 times for Madrid across all competitions this season, as they chase down their 34th league crown.
Second-place rivals Barcelona travel to Villarreal later on Sunday knowing a defeat would significantly strengthen Madrid’s grip on the title with just four matches left to play.
Meanwhile winger Gareth Bale sat out another fixture as an unused substitute, raising further question marks over his future at the club.
The Welshman has featured in just two of Madrid’s matches since the restart, but clocked up just 100 minutes of action.
Bale continues to be linked with a transfer despite agent Jonathan Barnett reiterating his client is happy in Madrid.
Barnett admits he does still expect clubs to be active in the transfer market this summer though, regardless of the financial restraints of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If a club has the finances to pay for a transfer, they will do it,” Barnett told ESPN. “The clubs have to be run properly. Every business in the world has to be run properly.
“Nobody forces anyone and says ‘you must have a big transfer.’ You’ve got to look at it generally, and you can’t compare apples and oranges. Some clubs can, some clubs can’t.”
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