Isco, Ronaldo lead Madrid to 3-1 win over Bilbao
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Francisco "Isco'' Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo added another goal Sunday to give Real Madrid a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao with the club's drawn-out negotiations to sign Gareth Bale approaching the close of the summer transfer window.
Madrid has until Monday evening to close the deal for Bale with Tottenham. Media reports place Madrid's offer in the range of the record >80-million ((euro) 93.9-million) fee paid to Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.
After not scoring in Madrid's first two wins to start the Spanish league season, Ronaldo headed in Madrid's second goal in first-half injury time to add to Isco's 26th-minute opener from Karim Benzema's pass.
Benzema assisted Isco again in the 73rd for his third goal in as many games since joining from Malaga this offseason.