First Division - Day 37

Deportivo La Coruña 1 - Athletic Bilbao 2

Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo (Gallardo 79'), Héctor, Coloccini, Capdevila; De Guzman, Sergio; Iago (Iván Carril 61'), Arizmendi, Munitis; Diego Tristán (Xisco 66'). 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Lafuente; Lacruz, Ustariz, Luis Prieto, Amorebieta (Etxeberría 46'); Iraola, Orbaiz, Murillo, Casas; Yeste (Llorente 90'); Urzaiz (Tiko 75'). 4-4-1-1.

Team changes: Depor: Coloccini, Iago, Diego Tristán for Romero, Víctor, Rubén Castro / Athletic: Casas for Julen Guerrero.

1-0. 19. Arizmendi. Shot back in to net after Lafuente blocked effort from Tristán.
1-1. 69. Casas. Header unmarked down past Molina from Yeste's corner.
1-2. 87. Orbaiz (penalty). After ball hit Sergio on arm from Orbaiz free kick.

Deportivo had a chance of catching Celta if they could beat Athletic Bilbao in the last match of the evening, but their opponents also needed a draw at least to avoid a three way battle with Alavés and Espanyol for the last relegation spot. The Galicians got off to a good start when Arizmendi opened the scoring after Diego Tristán's shot was blocked by Lafuente. But Yeste gave a warning when he hit the bar before the break, and Javier Clemente's side eventually ran out 1-2 winners with a second half header from Casas following Yeste's corner, and a late penalty from Orbaiz after Sergio handled in the area which Molina could only push on to the post and in. Deportivo still have a good chance of playing in the Intertoto cup though as they remain one point ahead of Villarreal and Getafe.