First Division - Day 20

Almería 2 - Athletic Bilbao 1

Almería: Diego Alvés; Bruno, Carlos García, Chico, Mané; Iriney (Juanito 88'), Soriano; Juanma Ortíz (Corona 90'), Kalu Uche, Crusat (Piatti 63'); Negredo. 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Gorka Iraizoz; Mikel Balenziaga (Orbaiz 55'), Ustaritz, Etxeita, Koikili; Gurpegui, Yeste; Susaeta (David López 57'), Etxeberría (Iñigo 75'), Del Olmo; Toquero. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Almería: Chico for Pellerano / Athletic: Mikel Balenziaga, Etxeita, Gurpegui, Yeste, Susaeta, Etxeberría, Del Olmo, Toquero for Iraola, Aitor Ocio, David López, Orbaiz, Javi Martínez, Gabilondo, Ion Vélez, Llorente.

1-0. 26. Juanma Ortíz. Header back in to net after Iriniey shot came off crossbar.
2-0. 39. Kalu Uche. Latched on to loose ball and struck in angled shot on the turn.
2-1. 65. Del Olmo. Picked up long ball from midfield and ran on to beat keeper.

Yellow cards: Balenziaga 54', Etxeberría 54', Bruno 71', Orbaiz 87', Ustaritz 92'.

Athletic Bilbao had other things on their minds for their visit to Almería, and Joaquín Caparrós made eight changes to his line-up in preparation for Wednesday's cup tie.

By half time they were two down though, Juanma Ortíz heading the ball back in to the net after a long shot from Iriney crashed back off the bar, and Kalu Uche beating Iraizoz with a shot on the turn after an overhead kick from Negredo was blocked.

Del Olmo made it 2-1 twenty minutes in to the second half after Toquero played on a long ball, but they were unable to prevent a first defeat in eight league games.