First Division - Day 3

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Málaga 2

Athletic: Aranzubia; Expósito, Luis Prieto, Gurpegui, Lacruz; Orbaiz (Julen Guerrero 79'), Ibon Gutiérrez; Iraola, Yeste, Etxeberría (Tiko 58'); Llorente. 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Arnau; Alexis (Hidalgo 64'), César Navas, Fernando Sanz, Valcarce; Gerardo, Anderson Silva; Juan Rodríguez (Edgar 73'), Nacho, Duda; Chengue Morales (Salva 88'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Lacruz for Casas / Málaga: Anderson Silva for Salva.

0-1. 84. Edgar. Drove first time shot wide of Aranzubia after Lacruz failed to clear.
1-1. 90. Lacruz. Header close to goal after llorente headed on Expósito cross.
1-2. 93. Hidalgo. Picked up pass from Duda and fired shot over top of keeper.

Athletic Bilbao drop out of the European spots after losing 1-2 at home to Málaga. There was little to talk about in the first eighty five minutes, with keepers Aranzubia and Arnau in control. An Orbaiz free kick brought a good save out of the latter in the first half, and Duda kept Aranzubia in work with a couple of efforts either side of half time.

But with six minutes to go Lacruz failed to clear a header in to the area from Morales, and Edgar was on hand to drive the ball in to the net. The defender made up for his mistake though in the last minute of normal time, steering the ball past Arnau after Llorente headed on a cross.

A draw seemed to be on the cards, but with the final whistle due, Hidalgo fired a shot over Aranzubia to restore the lead and give his side three points which takes them out of the relegation zone. There was no time for more.