First Division - Day 27

Athletic Bilbao 2 - Valladolid 0

Athletic: Armando; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Koikili; Susaeta (David López 74'), Javi Martínez, Orbaiz (Garmendia 89'), Gabilondo; Llorente, Aduríz (Aitor Ramos 60'). 4-4-2.
Valladolid: Sergio Asenjo; Pedro López, Iñaki Bea, García Calvo, Marcos; Alvaro Rubio, Borja (Sisi 46'); Kome (Capdevila 71'), Vivar Dorado, Jonathan Sesma (Ogbeche 78'); Manchev. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Orbaiz, Aduríz for Etxeberría, Yeste / Valladolid: Pedro López, Kome, Vivar Dorado, Manchev for Cifuentes, Sisi, Víctor, Llorente.

1-0. 05. Gabilondo. Ran in from back to head Llorente cross wide of keeper.
2-0. 68. Gabilondo. Won ball off Sergio Asenjo and turned shot into net.

Athletic Bilbao moved four points clear of the drop zone after a 2-0 victory over direct relegation rivals Valladolid. Gabilondo got both the goals for the Basque side, the first a header from Llorente's cross in the fifth minute. Armando had to be on his toes though to keep out efforts from Jonathan Sesma and Manchev a few minutes later, and Sesma headed wide with the goal at his mercy later in the first half.

Asenjo did well though to keep out a header from Llorente shortly before the break, and the visitors were left with ten men when Pedro López was sent off for a foul on Aduriz soon after the restart. That was a bitter blow for Mendilibar's side, and Gabilondo got his second a few minutes later after Sergio Asenjo dropped a high cross at his feet. It was enough to give the Basque side three vital points, and they move two above their opponents in the table.