First Division - Day 1

Real Sociedad 1 - Athletic Bilbao 3

Real Sociedad: Alberto; López Rekarte (Loren 60'), Kvarme, Luiz Alberto, Aranzábal; Aranburu (De Paula 73'), Tayfun; Khokhlov, Idiakez, De Pedro; Jankauskas (Demetradze 78'). 4-2-3-1.
Bilbao: Lafuente; Lacruz, Roberto Rios, Carlos García, Larrazábal; Urrutia (Orbaiz 78'), Alkiza (Felipe 82'); Joseba Etxeberria, Julen Guerrero (Tiko 70'), Javi González; Urzaiz. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 16. Urzaiz. Strong header after free kick from Julen Guerrero.
1-1. 18. Khokhlov. Controlled ball, turned and shot through crowd of players.
1-2. 75. Tiko. Won ball back on left and bent shot wide of keeper.
1-3. 82. Urzaiz. From close range after Javi González squared from left.

Athletic Bilbao started well under their new manager Jupp Heynckes, winning the Basque derby 1-3 at John Toshack's Real Sociedad. Ismael Urzaiz headed them into the lead and scored again at the end to wrap things up. Khokhlov had equalised for Real soon after the first goal, but substitute Tiko re-established the lead in the second half with a magnificent solo goal, winning the ball on the left and beating three men before curling a shot past Alberto. The one match ban at the Anoeta stadium held over from last season was postponed to allow this game to take place, but with glass beer bottles being thrown on the pitch again a longer ban could now be enforced.