|First Division - Day 19|
Athletic Bilbao 3 - Valencia 2
Iraizoz; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Ustaritz, Koikili; David López, Orbaiz
(Yeste 73'), Javi Martínez, Gabilondo (Mikel Balenziaga 69'); Ion
Vélez (Toquero 64'), Llorente. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Athletic: Ustaritz, Gabilondo for Amorebieta, Susaeta / Valencia: Angulo, Maduro, Morientes for Raúl Albiol, Baraja, David Silva.
Yellow cards: Orbaiz 20', Mata 31', Morientes 35', Javi Martínez 69', Aitor Ocio 79', Fernandes 79', 90', Koikili 84' / red cards: Fernandes 90'.
Valencia lost ground on the leaders after a last minute 3-2 defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, and they remain in fourth spot as a result. David Villa put the Ches ahead after running on to a pass from Mata in only the second minute, and although Gabilondo headed an equaliser, Morientes turned in Villa's cross to restore the lead a few minutes later.
Javi Martínez made it all square again before the break with a header past substitute keeper Guaita, who had only just replaced the injured Renan. And Llorente went close with a header just a minute later from another David López free kick.
Joaquín hit the bar soon after the restart, and Mata missed an easy chance a few minutes later. Guaita made a good save from Javi Martínez at the other end, and David López hit the post after Toquero headed on Llorente's cross. A draw seemed on the cards though until Manuel Fernandes gave away a penalty and got himself sent off with a second booking for a foul on Martínez, and Llorente stepped up to win it for his side.