First Division - Day 25

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Sevilla 2

Athletic: Armando; Ustaritz, Amorebieta, Etxeita, Balenziaga; Susaeta, Gurpegui, Muñoz (Iturraspe 55'), Gabilondo (Garmendia 79'); Ion Vélez (Iñigo 62'), Toquero. 4-4-2.
Sevilla: Palop; Mosquera, Squillaci, Dragutinovic, Fernando Navarro; Fazio (Renato 52'), Duscher; Perotti, Romaric, Diego Capel (Konko 73'); Kanouté (Acosta 65'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Armando, Ustaritz, Amorebieta, Balenziaga, Gurpegui, Muñoz, Gabilondo, Toquero for Gorka Iraizoz, Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Koikili, Orbaiz, Javi Martínez, Yeste Llorente / Sevilla: Dragutinovic, Fernando Navarro, Duscher, Diego Capel for David Prieto, Adriano, Renato, Jesús Navas.

1-0. 25. Gabilondo. Fired shot through Palop after corner not cleared.
1-1. 39. Kanouté. Pulled down Mosquera cross and shot wide of Armando.
1-2. 58. Kanouté. Controlled Romaric pass and fired shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Muñoz 24', Ustaritz 29', Amorebieta 32', Mosquera 33', Acosta 79', Gurpegui 92', Armando 92'.

Third placed Sevilla stayed nine points behind Real Madrid after a 1-2 win over Athletic Bilbao in the first match on Saturday evening. The match was a rehearsal for next Wednesday's cup semi-final, although most of the actors will be different, particularly for the home side who changed virtually all of their first team line up.

Despite the changes Athletic took the lead midway through the first half, Gabilondo blasting a shot which Palop got a hand to but couldn't stop after a corner was only cleared as far as him on the edge of the area.

Before half time though Kanouté pulled down a cross from Mosquera to equalise, and the striker gave the local fans a scare or two before he battled through for a second goal after the restart. They will be hoping for a different outcome in the Cup, but Kanouté will take some stopping.