Fernando Amorebieta set back the Basque side in the 20th minute when he was sent offf for a handball inside the area.
Cristiano Ronaldo coolly slotted home the penalty to give Madrid a 1-0 lead, but Francisco Yeste stunned the Merengues with an equalizer four minutes before the break after a fine solo dash through the defense.
The second half, though, would belong solely to Madrid.
Gonzalo Higuaín fired Madrid back in front in the 73rd minute when he scored on a rebound after Gorka Iraizoz parried a shot, and Sergio Ramos made it 3-1 just seven minutes later.
With the game firmly in hand, Karim Benzema and Marcelo added further strikes to keep Madrid in the hunt with one match to play.
(GSM) - Gonzalo Higuain has hinted that he might leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Marca reports that Higauin's dad, Jorge, already held a round of talks with Chelsea about a summer move to London.
And after the 5-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao this weekend, Higuain said: "I am proud of the applause from the fans who've known me these three and half years since I've been here. I have given everything for this club.
"Whenever I go out to play I leave everything on the field, sometimes I succeed and sometimes it goes wrong, But I am proud of being able to wear the shirt of this team."
(GSM) - Real Madrid thumped Athletic Bilbao 5-1 last night to take the title race in the Primera Division to the wire after Barcelona carved out a dramatic 3-2 win in Sevilla.
With just one point separating both sides, Los Merengues striker Gonzalo Higuain is still holding out hope that his team will pip Barca to the league title, eventhough the Catalans will have a distinct advantage in the final round as they host Valladolid at the Camp Nou.
“There is still hope as long as we’re alive. We have one final left and we need to win it,” Higuain said at the club’s official website.
“It’s a shame Barcelona didn’t slip up, but we are satisfied with this win and that our fans went home happy,” he added.
Fullback Alvaro Arbeloa was equally optimistic in his assessment of the title battle, although he acknowledged it won’t be easy in the final game against survival-chasing Malaga.
“The tension of knowing that you depend on others doesn’t allow you to focus as best you can,” he confessed, “but we came out to win in the second half.
“We know it will be hard, but we have one match left. As long as there is still some hope left, we will fight until the end.”
When asked whether coach Manuel Pellegrini will remain in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout next campaign, Arbeloa replied: “We have all said over the course of the season that we are happy with Pellegrini. We hope he stays.”
(GSM) - Real Madrid thrashed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 last night to maintain the pressure on Liga leaders Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo made it five goals in three games with a 22nd minute penalty for his 26th goal of the season only for Francisco Yeste to equalise before half-time.
A goal blitz saw Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marcelo score in the final 13 minutes as Real prevented Barcelona from winning the league for one more weekend.
“The team felt anxious and discouraged for a while. We have one more match and although we had a lot of hope riding in the game in Seville, Valladolid will have a lot at stake when they visit Barcelona next week. We will maintain our pressure until the end,” Real coach Manuel Pellegrini told the club’s official website.
“We knew that Barcelona’s match against Sevilla would be more complicated than next week’s against Valladolid, but you never know what can happen. We need to maintain this spirit and fight until the end. Hope is the last thing we can lose.
“We closed out a great season at the Bernabeu. We won 18 of 19 matches and scored 60 goals... that’s more than three per match.
“We have now scored more than 100 goals overall. The numbers are there. We are the top scoring team.”