First Division - Day 4

Athletic Bilbao 0 - Mallorca 2

Athletic: Lafuente; César (Tiko 60'), Murillo, Lacruz (Larrainzar46 '), Larrazábal; Oscar Vales, Gurpegui; Etxeberría, Arriaga, Yeste (Ezquerro 81'); Urzaiz. 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Leo Franco; Cortés, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Poli; Lozano, Robles; Novo, Ibagaza (Marcos 77'), Riera (Campano 90'); Pandiani. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Etxeberría, Yeste for Julen Guerrero, Javi González / Mallorca: Robles, Novo for Paco Soler, Campano.

0-1. 27. Robles. Scrambled ball over line after Novo pulled ball across from right.
0-2. 74. Larrainzar (own goal). Turned Cortés cross past own keeper on far post.

Mallorca picked up their first points of the season with a victory against an Athletic Bilbao side who have not won in the own San Mamés stadium since early March. The result was a relief for visiting manager Gregorio Manzano, who was under pressure to get a result after three defeats in a row, and switches the spotlight onto Athletic manager Jupp Heynckes after his team drop into the bottom three with only one point in four games.

After a dull first half hour, Athletic went behind under controversial circumstances, Novo appearing to run the ball out of play before cutting back in and setting up Robles to score. The home side's protest were waved away by referee López Nieto, who then upset the other side by ruling out a magnificent volley by Pandiani for a very marginal offside.

Mallorca were clearly on top by now, with a well ordered back four who let little through. They sat back though in the second half, and with Tiko on the park Bilbao improved, almost equalising when Etxeberría failed to take advantage after Urzaiz set him up. It was a brief mirage though, and Mallorca wrapped the game up when half time substitute Larrainzar tried to cut out a cross from David Cortés and only succeeding in burying the ball in his own net. Mallorca recorded their second away win in a row at the San Mamés, and the home fans booed off their own players at the end.