First Division - Day 17

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Murcia 1

Athletic: Aranzubia; Expósito, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Koikili; Orbaiz; David López (Luis Prieto 88'), Etxeberría (Aduríz 59'), Yeste, Gabilondo (Susaeta 65'); Llorente. 4-1-4-1.
Murcia: Notario; David De Coz, Mejía, Ochoa, Peña; Abel (De Lucas 84'), Pablo García, Movilla, Regueiro; Goitom (Iñigo 76'), Baiano (Richi 89'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Athletic: Expósito, Orbaiz for Iraola, Javi Martínez / Murcia: Regueiro, Goitom for De Lucas, Iñigo.

1-0. 45. Koikili. Following up after Notario saved penalty from Orbaiz.
1-1. 54. Baiano (penalty). After Aitor Ocio fouled Abel inside penalty area.

Murcia stay just a point clear of the bottom three after drawing 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the last match of the year, a result which leaves the Basque side with only one home win to their name all season. Llorente headed a Gabilondo cross against the post in the opening minutes when it would have been easier to score, but on the stroke of half time the locals were awarded a penalty after Movilla handled in the area. Notario saved Orbaiz's spot kick, but Koikili scored on the follow up.

However the visitors came back after the restart, Baiano equalising from a second penalty soon after the restart after Abel was fouled by Aitor Ocio, and Abel hitting the bar with a long shot soon afterwards. Aranzubia saved from Baiano and Ochoa headed a corner just wide, and Abel, Regueiro and Baiano all went close late on. The locals were left with ten men when Aitor Ocio was sent off for a second bookable offence, but they held on for a point which keeps them just ahead of their opponents on goal average.