Real Madrid are back to winning ways after victories over Real Betis and Legia Warsaw in the league and Champions League, respectively, but they face a big test in La Liga at the weekend when they host high-flying Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane's men are still joint top of La Liga despite their previous run of draws, and there will be plenty of reason to think that will still be the case after the weekend. To that end, Zidane must do everything possible to help star forward Cristiano Ronaldo get back to top form as quickly as possible, and in the short term, the next alteration to the side to make that happen should be to swap his starting centre-forward: Karim Benzema out, Alvaro Morata in.
PAMPLONA, Spain — Chile midfielder Felipe Gutierrez scored from a free kick in stoppage time to help Real Betis win 2-1 at Osasuna in the Spanish league on Friday. Gutierrez apparently surprised Osasuna’s defense, which was positioned to defend a cross, when he blasted his shot from distance past goalkeeper Nauzet Perez. Gutierrez also protected Betis’ initial lead when he was on the goal-line to clear a shot near the half-hour mark. Joaquin Sanchez put Betis ahead in the 19th minute with a superb solo effort. The 35-year-old forward fended off a defender before lobbing Perez while falling down. Midfieler Roberto Torres made it 1-1 for Osasuna shortly after halftime when he scored from a rebound.
Oct 22 (Gracenote) - Summaries from the La Liga matches on Saturday Saturday, October 22 Real Sociedad 3 Xavier Prieto 21, Willian Jose 57, Carlos Vela 87 Alaves 0 Halftime: 1-0;Attendance