|First Division - Day 8|
Cádiz 1 - Athletic Bilbao 0
Armando; Varela, Abraham Paz, De Quintana, Raúl López;
Suárez (Bezares 78'), Fleurquín; Enrique (Estoyanoff 74'),
Pavoni, Jonathan Sesma; Oli (Benjamín 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Cádiz: Abraham Paz, Fleurquín, Oli for De la Cuesta, Bezares, Medina / Athletic Expósito, Murillo, Casas, Javi González for Lacruz, Tarantino, Tiko, Llorente.
"The lions were tamed by Hércules" read one emotive headline after Cádiz beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to record their first home win since winning promotion last season. OK, the reporter got mixed up with Daniel (or maybe David and Goliath?), and the second division side of that name were not playing here, but according to the storybook the legendary strongman was the founder of the Andalusian city, and the victory was certainly one that, on paper at least, was not expected against a much bigger opponent.
Athletic have got off to their worst start to a season in 34 years though, and the locals took the lead in the thirteenth minute when Enrique collected the ball on the right of the area to beat Aranzubia. And after that it was one way traffic, Oli going close with a scissors kick and Fleurquín having a goal disallowed, and Gurpegui getting let off the hook by the referee when the ball hit his hand close to half time.
Gurpegui though was the only Bilbao player to try his luck, his header over the bar the Basque side's best chance in the first half. Mendilibar brought on Urzaiz and Lacruz at half time, and the veteran striker, only just back from injury, had a shot cleared off the line by De Quintana with the keeper beaten near the end. Otherwise though
Cádiz could have added to their score several times, Abraham Paz missing an easy chance and then almost catching Aranzubia off his line with a shot from halfway. Oli, Benjamín and Pavoni also tried their luck, but in the end one goal was enough to take Víctor Esparrago's side up in to the top half of the table. Athletic ended the weekend in next to bottom spot, just ahead of Mallorca, and they have not won now since the opening day of the season. Possible replacements for Mendilibar are already being touted around in the local press.