First Division - Day 25

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Villarreal 2

Athletic: Armando; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Koikili; Susaeta (Gabilondo 83'), Javi Martínez, Muñoz (David López 67'), Yeste; Aitor Ramos (Aduríz 46'), Llorente. 4-4-2.
Villarreal: Diego López; Angel, Gonzalo, Godín, Capdevila; Marcos Senna, Eguren; Cani, Nihat (Tomasson 70'), Mati Fernández (Cazorla 73'); Guille Franco (Bruno 88'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Muñoz, Aitor Ramos for Orbaiz, Aduríz / Villarreal: Capdevila, Marcos Senna, Eguren, Cani, Mati Fernández, Guille Franco for Javi Venta, Josico, Bruno, Cazorla, Pires, Rossi.

1-0. 04. Llorente. Connected with long Susaeta cross to poke shot inside near post.
1-1. 65. Guille Franco. Controlled Angel cross and steered shot wide of Armando.
1-2. 82. Capdevila. Shot from edge of area which took deflection off Javi Martínez.

Villarreal consolidated third place after coming from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 1-2. Llorente put the Basque side in front when he turned in Susaeta's cross in only the fourth minute. And they could have gone further ahead when Diego López tipped Susaeta's deflected shot over the bar, and Amorebieta volleyed over from the resulting corner.

The visitors created a couple of good chances either side of half time though from Nihat's free kicks, Godín heading the first just wide and Aramando saving the second. And twenty minutes in to the second half Guille Franco (who was lucky still to be on the park after being let off a second booking) controlled Angel's cross and struck an angled shot past the keeper.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw, but with eight minutes to go Capdevila's shot deflected off the foot of Javi Martínez to give Villarreal the three points. It was another blow for Caparrós's side who have only won three times in the San Mamés stadium all season, and they ended the weekend only two points off the relegation spots.