First Division - Day 23

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Recreativo Huelva 1

Athletic: Gorka Iraizoz; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Balenziaga; Orbaiz, Javi Martínez; David López (Susaeta 46'), Etxeberría (Toquero 46'), Gabilondo (Del Olmo 67'); Ion Vélez. 4-2-3-1.
Recreativo: Riesgo; Iago Bouzón, Morris, César Arzo, Poli; Jesús Vázquez, Barber; Camuñas, Nayar (Javi Fuego 73'), Aitor (Maidana 70'); Adrián Colunga (Marco Rubén 81'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Amorebieta, Balenziaga, David López, Etxeberría, Gabilondo for Ustaritz, Koikili, Susaeta, Yeste, Llorente / Recreativo: Iago Bouzón, Poli, Jesús Vázquez, Nayar for Alain Nef, Casado, Javi Fuego, Sisi.

0-1. 33. Aitor. Ran on to Camuñas square pass and drove angled shot past Gorka.
1-1. 50. Javi Martínez. Got above defence to head Gabilondo free kick past Riesgo.

Yellow cards: Poli 18', Camuñas 43', Aitor 55', Amorebieta 91'.

Recreativo held Athletic Bilbao to a 1-1 draw in the San Mamés stadium, a point which keeps them four above the drop zone. The Andalusians probably deserved more, Aitor giving them the lead after Camuñas set him up with half an hour gone. And they were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty soon after the restart when Iraizoz brought down Colunga, referee Alvarez Izquierdo waving away their appeals.

The Basque team equalised a few minutes later when Toquero and Javi Martínez both got their heads to a Gabilondo free kick, the midfielder being awarded the goal as the last player to touch the ball. But Recre came close to restoring the lead when Colunga got free again only to be thwarted by the keeper. The last chance though fell to the locals, Ion Vélez shooting straight at Iago Bouzón with the goal at his mercy near the end. If only Llorente had not been injured....