Valencia: César; Bruno (Marchena 82'),
Alexis, Albelda, Jordi Alba; Baraja, Banega; Joaquín, Silva, Vicente
(Mata 87'); David Villa (Chori Domínguez 78'). 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Gorka Iraizoz; Iraola, Ustaritz, Amorebieta, Koikili; Javi Martínez (Díaz de Cerio 71'), Gurpegui; David López (Yeste 54'), Susaeta, Gabilondo (Iturraspe 55'); Llorente. 4-2-3-1.
Goals: 1-0. 34. Silva. Poked ball past Iraizoz after keeper blocked effort from Alexis. 2-0. 62. Silva. Controlled Joaquín cross and beat keeper from tight angle.
Yellow cards: Baraja 23', Javi Martínez 30', Koikili 86'.
Third placed Valencia consolidate their position with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening, and they ended the midweek round of games seven points clear of Mallorca. The Chés dominated the first half, Gorka saving from Joaquín and Baraja heading wide before David Silva opened the scoring following a corner. The visitors didn't trouble César throughout the first half, although the keeper had to be at his best to turn away a Llorente header early in the second half. Silva scored his second of the night however on the hour mark, and César did the rest to take his side a step closer to an automatic Champions League spot. Athletic still ended the round of midweek games in sixth spot, although they are now only a point ahead of Getafe and two above Villarreal.