First Division - Day 19

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Espanyol 1

Athletic: Aranzubia; Iraola, Murillo, Gurpegui, Casas; Orbaiz, Tiko (Lacruz 57'); Etxeberría (Julen Guerrero 85'), Yeste, Ezquerro; Llorente. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Ibarra, Lopo, Pochettino, David García; Ito (Morales 89'), De la Peña; Corominas (Soldevilla 28'), Maxi, Amavisca (Martín Posse 74'); Jonathan. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Casas, Yeste, Llorente for Luis Prieto, Del Horno, Arriaga / Espanyol: Corominas, Amavisca, Jonathan for Fredson, Oscar Serrano, Tamudo.

1-0. 02. Yeste. Long free kick which bounced past unsighted Kameni.
1-1. 31. Maxi. Finished off passing move between De la Peña and Amavisca.

A depleted Espanyol side saved a valuable point after drawing 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao. Injuries and suspensions meant that Lotina had to play youngsters Corominas and Jonathan up front. But they found themselves behind in only the third minute from a Yeste free kick which Etxeberría appeared to get a touch to, but which in the end was awarded to Yeste as the ball bounced straight past Kameni in to the net.

Athletic had their own injury problems, and with Urzaiz injured, youngster Fernando Llorente was given his first team debut up front. The youth international brought a good save out of Kameni, and after Yeste and Ezquerro had also gone close, Lotina decided to change his side around, bringing on Soldevilla in front of the back four allowing De la Peña to push forward to his natural position. It proved to be an inspired move, as three minutes later De la Peña combined with Amavisca to set up Maxi for the equaliser.

The hosts regrouped after the restart though, and Kameni had to be at his best to save from Llorente and Ezquerro. Ibarra cleared another effort from Llorente off the line with the keeper beaten, and Etxeberría put another shot just wide of the post. But the Catalans held on, and ensured a point which keeps them in the Champions' League positions for another week.