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First Division - Day 17

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Deportivo 2

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, San José, Ustaritz, Castillo (Gabilondo 61'); David López (Susaeta 58'), Gurpegui, Orbaiz, Muniain; Llorente, Toquero (Ion Vélez 58'). 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Lopo, Manuel Pablo; Juan Rodríguez, Juan Domínguez (Juca 83'), Rubén Pérez, Adrián (Pablo Alvarez 89'); Lassad (Antonio Tomás 48'). 5-4-1.

0-1. 22. Adrián (penalty). After Ustaritz tripped Adrián himself inside area.
0-2. 52. Adrián. Headed on Aranzubia clearance and ran through to score.
1-2. 86. Llorente. Steered far post header past keeper from Iraola cross.

Yellow cards: Juan Rodríguez 03', 45', Gurpegui 09', Ustaritz 21', 86', Laure 42', Aythami 66' / red cards: San José 34', Juan Rodríguez 45', Ustaritz 86'.

Athletic Bilbao missed out on a chance to move up in to the top six after they lost 1-2 to Deportivo in their first match of the new year. Llorente and Toquero missed early chances for the locals, but midway through the first half Ustaritz tripped Adrián in the area, allowing the youth international forward to score from the resulting penalty. A few minutes later Athletic were left with ten men when San José was sent off for bringing down Adrián as he advanced on goal, but numbers were evened up when Juan Rodríguez picked up a second booking on the stroke of half time. Seven minutes after the Restart Adrián made it two after heading on Aranzubia's long clearance, but Llorente got one back with four minutes to go with a header close to goal from Iraola's cross. The locals were down to nine after Ustaritz was also shown a second yellow card, but even so they came close to equalising when keeper Iraizoz came up for a corner and saw his header hit Manuel Pablo on the arm, and when Aranzubia just tipped an injury time Gabilondo free kick over the bar.