First Division - Day 3

Athletic Bilbao 2 - Valladolid 0

Athletic: Gorka Iraizoz; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Mikel Balenziaga; Susaeta, Gurpegui (Iturraspe 78'), Javi Martínez, David López (Del Olmo 63'); Ion Vélez (Etxeberría 86'), Llorente. 4-4-2.
Valladolid: Sergio Asenjo; Javi Baraja, Luis Prieto, Nano (Canobbio 70'), Marcos; Escudero, Borja (Víctor 57'), Alvaro Rubio, Jonathan Sesma; Aguirre (Ogbeche 58'), Vivar Dorado. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Athletic: Gurpegui, Ion Vélez for Iturraspe, Yeste / Valladolid: Nano, Escudero for Pedro López, Goitom.

1-0. 50. Llorente. Got above defence to head Mikel's cross in on far post.
2-0. 80. Iraola (penalty). After ball hit Javier Baraja on arm inside area.

Yellow cards: Gurpegui 28', Iturraspe 40', Nano 45', Alvaro 56'.

Athletic Bilbao climbed away from the danger zone after a 2-0 victory over Valladolid on Sunday evening. As in most games today, the goals came after the break, Llorente heading a cross from Mikel Balenziaga past Sergio Asenjo to open the scoring in the fiftieth minute. Iraola added the second from the penalty spot after the ball hit Javier Baraja on the arm, but only at the second attempt after referee Rubinos Pérez ordered a retake.

Athletic had had the better of the first half, with Llorente and Susaeta going close and Asenjo having to save from David López and Ion Vélez. Valladolid's only reply was an effort over the top from Vivar Dorado. The visitors hardly reacted after the Basque side scored, and Llorente could have added to the lead near the end. Job done though, and Caparrós can rest a little easier tonight.