Football: Ronaldo backheel special spares Real from Bilbao defeat

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - Another special Cristiano Ronaldo goal - this time, a superb backheel - came to Real Madrid's rescue in La Liga on Wednesday (April 18), earning them a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

The Portuguese forward flicked Luka Modric's low drive into the back of the net in the 87th minute with the deftest of touches, to cancel out the first-half chip from Bilbao's Inaki Williams.

Real were set for defeat until Ronaldo, who also hit the bar with a header early on, struck with his 24th league goal of the season to snatch the draw that leaves them third on 68 points after 33 games.

They are three points behind their cross-city rivals, second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play their game in hand at Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Barcelona lead the way on 83 points, 12 clear of Atletico.

Raul Garcia wasted an excellent chance to double Bilbao's lead before Ronaldo's equaliser, striking the crossbar with Keylor Navas out of position after a scramble in the box.

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