Madrid sports newspapers highlight today yesterday’s Athletic Bilbao 1-0 victory over Barcelona, which allowed Real Madrid to cut the Azulgrana’s lead to three points.
After Barca suffered his first defeat in La Liga this season, they are tied with Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with 40 points, while Los Blancos sit third with 37.
“Barca goes down, Madrid grows up,” titles Marca. The Madrid daily claims that while the Azulgranas “were beaten in attitude by an epic Athletic, Los Blancos shine with their combination game.”
“San Mames, patron saint of Madrid,” As titles, in a play on words with Athletic’s stadium name. “Barca’s defeat leaves Real only three points behind,” they point out.
As also brings to its front page for the second day in a row Gareth Bale’s perfect hat-trick against Valladolid on Saturday. “It was the seventh perfect hat-trick of the century,” they report.
The previous six were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo (three times), Patrick Kluivert (twice) and Uche.