First Division - Day 15

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Atlético Madrid 0

Athletic: Aranzubia; Iraola, Luis Prieto, Murillo, Del Horno (Casas 83'); Gurpegui, Orbaiz; Etxeberría (César 91'), Jonan García (Tiko 64'), Ezquerro; Urzaiz. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Velasco, Perea (García Calvo 31'), Pablo, Sergi; Aguilera (Jorge 62'), Luccin, Colsa (Ibagaza 62'), Antonio López; Salva, Fernando Torres. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Athletic: Del Horno, Jonan García for Casas, Tiko / Atlético: Aguilera, Colsa for Marcelo Sosa, Jorge.

1-0. 45. Del Horno. Got ahead of defence to fire Iraola cross past keeper.

Athletic Bilbao moved away from the danger zone with a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid later in the evening. It was an intense match, with both sides packing midfield and many fouls, which didn't allow too much constructive play. The first attempt at goal didn't come until the half hour mark when Leo Franco saved easily from Urzaiz, although he had more problems keeping out an effort from Gurpegui soon afterwards. But with half time approaching, Del Horno gave the Basque side the lead after he got on the end of Iraola's long cross, referee Turienzo Alvarez waving away Atlético's appeals for offside.

And it was more of the same after the break, with neither keeper really troubled at all, Leo Franco stopping an effort from Ezquerro and Aranzubia doing enough to put off Fernando Torres when he got free on right of goal. Salva headed the best chance over the bar four minutes from the end, and Turienzo upset the visitors once again when he booked the striker for diving after he fell under Gurpegui's challenge in injury time. In the end though another poor result away from home for Atlético, and they could be out of the European spots by the end of the weekend.