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Ekiza has no fear of Ronaldo

13 April 2013 15:26

Athletic Bilbao defender Borja Ekiza insists he has no fear of Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Sunday's match between the sides.

The 25-year-old centre-back will come face to face with the Portuguese striking sensation when Bilbao host host Real at San Mames.

Ronaldo has netted 29 times in 29 Liga outings this season, while his double against Galatasaray in midweek means he has 11 goals in 10 Champions League appearances.

But Ekiza insisted he is not intimidated by the prospect of taking on the star attacker.

"In order to play professional football a player can never be afraid," he told Goal.com.

"Yes, you have to respect them all, but you cannot go onto the field in fear. You must, though, always respect your opponents."

There must also be a plan if one is to nullify one of the most prolific goalscorers the game has ever seen, but Ekiza is keeping his cards close to his chest.

"Man, I can't tell you the plan here and now," he said.

"Obviously, though, he's a very difficult player to mark, so we'll just have to see what we can do, because I think it will definitely be a team effort."

Athletic have beaten Real just once in their last 15 encounters but Ekiza insisted Marcelo Bielsa's men are looking forward to the challenge.

"They are not our nemesis," he said. "Real Madrid is just Real Madrid.

"They always have class within their ranks and always come fired up, although it seems that this season that they do not have much chance of winning the league.

"But, at the end of the day, this is Real Madrid. They always come onto all fields to win."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
14 April 2013
Game week
31
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 3
Venue
Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao)
Attendance
39000

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
68' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by Xabi Alonso)
0 - 3
76' G. Higuaín
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
6
28
3
23
14
8 66'
21
9
19 59'
11
Coach: M. Bielsa
# Player Bookings
25
4
18 74'
3
12
14 40'
19 17'
6
22
7 2' 68'
9
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
2 74'
15
39
13
16
22
37

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +51 90
2 38 +67 87
3 38 +66 87
4 38 +27 70
5 38 +17 63
6 38 +16 59
7 38 +7 59
8 38 -2 49
9 38 -5 49
10 38 -8 48
11 38 -7 45
12 38 -34 43
13 38 -19 42
14 38 -10 42
15 38 -24 41
16 38 -20 40
17 38 -28 40
18 38 -30 39
19 38 -22 36
20 38 -42 25

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