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Real Madrid lose to Athletic Bilbao

Ronaldo and co were beaten. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their Primera Division title bid as they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao thanks to a first-half header by Aritz Aduriz.

The European champions lacked their usual intensity and attacking flair, above all in the first half, and drop points for the second match running, following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Villarreal.

They will surrender top spot to archrivals Barcelona if the Catalans beat Rayo Vallecano at home on Sunday.

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Real Madrid send scouts to watch Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have scouted prolific Spurs striker Harry Kane on three occasions this season, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Spanish giants would have been impressed with what they saw from Kane after his double earned Tottenham a 2-1 north London derby win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The striker tapped home the equaliser before netting an 86th-minute winner with a superb header as Spurs fought back from conceding an early opener to Mesut Ozil.

Kane has just penned a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Spurs but when Real Madrid come calling, they often get their man.

Agent defends Cristiano Ronaldo birthday celebrations

Cristiano Ronaldo was happy in the end. Credit: Reuters

Agent Jorge Mendes has defended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for celebrating his birthday just hours after a crushing 4-0 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese forward was criticised after being pictured during a party to celebrate his 30th birthday.

He (Ronaldo) was very angry. Any player that loses a game and more so, Ronaldo, who is a great professional, who continues to be the best professional in the world, would be angry.

The fact is that his birthday party had been organised more than a month ago and he had family coming from abroad.

He didn't want to cancel out of respect for the people that came.

What is inadmissible is that somebody takes advantage of a private affair to release a video.

Ronaldo was devastated after the defeat and people spent two hours trying to cheer him up.

– Jorge Mendes speaking to Cadena Ser
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