Espanyol: Kameni; Galán, Jordi Amat,
Raúl Rodríguez, Chica; Javi Márquez (Isaías 75'),
Verdú (David López 90'); Luis García (Rui Fonte 75'),
Iván Alonso, Callejón; Osvaldo. 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Castillo; Javi Martínez, Gurpegui; Susaeta, Iturraspe (Llorente 46'), Muniain (Ustaritz 65'); Toquero (Orbaíz 58'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 34. Osvaldo. Picked up loose ball inside area and fired shot in off post.
1-1. 42. Susaeta. Curled free kick round defensive wall inside near post.
2-1. 75. Iván Alonso. Slid ball in on far post after Osvaldo passed across goal.
Yellow cards: Verdú 41', Iraola 52', Rui Fonte 80', Javi Martínez 85'.
Espanyol's hopes for a return to European football took a turn for the better after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the Monday night game. Pochettino's side dominated the early play, and they went ahead ten minutes before the break when Osvaldo latched on to a loose ball in the area to fire a shot off the post past Iraizoz. Before the half time whistle though Susaeta equalised with a well struck free kick after he was fouled by Verdú on the edge of the area. The locals felt they should have had a penalty a minute or so later when Iván Alonso was brought down by Iraizoz, and the keeper did well to save from Jordi Amat early in the second half. With a quarter of an hour left on the clock however Alonso got on the end of Osvaldo's pass across goal to turn the ball in on the far post, giving the Catalans their first win in six games and taking them back to within three points of their opponents in the table.