BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo turned into Real Madrid’s playmaker by setting up two goals to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 yesterday and keep on track to reclaim the Spanish league title. Ronaldo passed for Karim Benzema to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. Bilbao equalised through Aritz Aduriz’s header in the 65th, but three minutes later Ronaldo flicked on a corner kick for Casemiro to finish off. “We won at a very difficult ground. We had to dig in but we played with real character,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. Madrid, which have not won the league since 2012, lead second-placed Barcelona by five points. Barcelona host Valencia today. The loss ended Bilbao’s unbeaten home streak at 13 games in the league, one short of the club record in 1992. Madrid spent long stretches in their half absorbing Bilbao’s pressure brought by wingers Inaki Williams and Inigo Leque. But Madrid’s efficiency proved the difference. As Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde put it: “They beat us with two moments of brilliance.” Midfielder Casemiro played a part in Benzema’s goal when he spotted Ronaldo breaking down the left. Ronaldo received his long pass and squared the ball for Benzema to slot in.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world’s largest passenger plane completed a bicoastal American debut Monday, touching down at Los Angeles International Airport minutes after a sister aircraft landed in New York. The massive Airbus A380 descended out of a dank, gray sky and made a picture-perfect landing in Los Angeles just before 9:30 a.m. as spectators cheered from both sides of the airport. About 15 minutes earlier, an A380 touched down on the other side of the country, at John F. Kennedy International Airport. “Pretty exciting day,” Airbus North America Chairman Allan McArtor said as he greeted Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who watched the arrival with company officials and other dignitaries. “This is going to be a very significant airplane for the future of air travel and tourism,” Villaraigosa said. The A380 seats as many as 550 passengers and can fly some 8,000 nautical miles. Airbus has 166 orders from 15 airlines for the new plane, which already has made tests flights in Europe and to Asia. The Los Angeles airport, the fifth-busiest worldwide, is expected to be the first U.S. destination for the A380 when it enters commercial service. The inaugural Los Angeles flight, operated by Australian airline Qantas, was devoid of passengers and crew, save for those in the cockpit. Toulouse, France-based Airbus said the plane will undergo tests at LAX, including airfield maneuvers, docking at the terminal gate and ground and gate handling exercises. The New York flight carried 550 people, including four pilots, four Airbus crew members, 23 Lufthansa cabin crew and 519 passengers, mostly Airbus and Lufthansa employees along with some reporters. The flight was operating just as if it were a commercial trek, with full dining and entertainment services. Los Angeles officials fought hard to host the A380’s inaugural landing, writing a letter to Airbus earlier this year urging executives to reconsider plans for an initial landing only in New York. Los Angeles officials contended Airbus was reneging on a promise to make the first U.S. stop in Los Angeles, which kept its word to speed up construction of new $9 million gate for the giant jet. Airbus relented just three weeks ago. The Los Angeles airport agency ultimately plans to spend about $121 million to prepare for the A380, and already has written checks for about $50 million to improve runway and taxiway intersections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!