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Ronaldo scores twice to lead Real Madrid to 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao

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BARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to lead Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, provisionally lifting it into second place in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the third minute before Javier Eraso quickly leveled for the Basques in an attractive, back-and-forth first half at the Santiago Bernabeu that finished with James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos giving Madrid a 3-1 lead at halftime.

PHOTO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athtletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athtletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Madrid lost Raphael Varane, whose error led to Eraso's goal, to a second booking in the 83rd.

Despite being a man down, Ronaldo found the net again in the 87th to move past Barcelona's Luis Suarez as the competition's leading scorer with 21 goals this season.

Gorka Elustondo headed in Bilbao's second goal in the 90th.

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