WATCH: Real’s Ronaldo, James, Kroos punish Bilbao in big first half

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When Cristiano Ronaldo curled an arrow into goal to open Real Madrid’s match against Athletic Bilbao, little did we know it’d be the third-best goal of the half.

Arguably.

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Bilbao equalized on a gritty goal not too long after Ronaldo scored, but then James Rodriguez restored Real’s lead with a left-footed laser from about five yards outside the 18.

Toni Kroos’ finish wasn’t better than the others, but it was a well-worked team goal worthy of putting the Madridistas up 3-1.