Real Madrid ensured the La Liga title race will go down to the final weekend as it beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at San Mames on Sunday thanks to a second-half goal from defender Nacho Fernandez.
The result sees second-placed Real move onto 81 points, two behind city rival Atletico Madrid, which beat Osasuna 2-1 on Sunday thanks to two late goals.
In a first half shorn of clear-cut chances, Real was adamant it should have had a penalty when Alvaro Odriozola’s cross hit Jon Morcillo’s arm. However, referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away the protests.
Bilbao almost opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime, but Alex Berenguer’s free kick bounced just wide of Thibaut Courtois’ far post.
Casemiro had a header bounce back off the crossbar shortly after the restart. The Brazilian midfielder, however, then teed up defender Nacho from close…