La Liga Round-Up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Santiago Bernabeu side were still smarting from their Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Zaragoza in Barcelona on Wednesday coming into this match at San Mames.
Bilbao rushed out to two-goal lead at the break before Los Galacticos drew level in the second half through a Raul brace, but Asier Del Horno (pictured) was the hero for the home side as his two late goals sunk the Spanish champions.
Real pushed forward well in the first half and Bilbao keeper Daniel Aranzubia had to make a first-class save from a Luis Figo drive from the edge of the box.
However, Bilbao opened the scoring five minutes before the break as Francisco Javier Yeste struck a fine left foot shot around defender Ivan Helguera and past Iker Casillas for 1-0.
They doubled their four minutes later as Ismael Urzaiz glanced a header past Casillas at the far post from Tiko's free kick on the left to give the European-bound Basque club a 2-0 lead at half time.
Real boss Carlos Queiroz must have lifted his side's spirits at the break and it was Raul who inspired the visitors' turnaround with his first of two goals a minute after the restart.
He struck home after Santiago Solari knocked down a cross from the right into Bilbao's box that was initially flicked on by Zinedine Zidane.
He then brought the Madrid giants level on 61 minutes after Roberto Carlos found him in the box to finish with aplomb for 2-2.
However, Bilbao restored their lead as Del Horno's far post header from a cross on the right made it 3-2 on 74 minutes.
He then made it 4-2 two minutes later as Del Horno got hold of the ball in Real's box before slipping it through Casillas's legs and into the net to seal the victory for Bilbao.
The defeat opens the door for Valencia and Barcelona to close the gap on Real on Sunday.
Deportivo La Coruna took advantage and moved to within eight points of Los Galacticos with a 1-0 victory over bottom club Murcia at the Riazor.
Juan Capdevila's strike five minutes before the break was enough to give Depor the win, as John Tochack's side remain 15 points adrift of safety and look certain to return to La Segunda Liga next term.
Atletico Madrid kept pace with Athletic Bilbao for a place in Europe next season after a 2-1 victory over Real Betis at the Vicente Calderon.
All the goals came in the second half, with Atletico taking the lead six minutes after the break through Veljko Paunovic.
Joaquin then equalised for the Seville-based club on 67 minutes before the home side restored their lead for good as the highly-rated Fernando Torres made it 2-1 a minute later.
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