Real Madrid missed a golden opportunity to move ahead of Barcelona in La Liga last night and keep the pressure up on Atletico de Madrid.
The 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao in the new San Mames means Los Blancos drew level with the Catalan side on points, but fall further behind their city rivals, who sit alone at the top now after a routine 4-0 win at home to Real Sociedad.
The focus of the Madrid press this morning is on the apparent unjust red card received by Cristiano Ronaldo for a slap on Carlos Gurpegui. Madrid’s players and management alike claimed after the game the card was harsh as the Athletic player made a meal of the situation in order to get the 28-year-old forward sent off.
Marca says that the Portugal star will be available for his side’s Copa del Rey matches against Atletico de Madrid, but could face a costly three-match ban in La Liga, starting with the home game against Villarreal next weekend.
In more positive news, AS focuses on the performance of Jese, who opened the scoring last night. The paper highlights that the youngster, filling in for the injured Gareth Bale last night, steps up to the big occasion. He has now scored at four of Spain’s biggest stadiums this year – the Santiago Bernabeu, the Nou Camp, the Mestalla, and San Mames. Can he score at the Vicente Calderon in the Copa del Rey though?