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First Division - Day 28

Athletic Bilbao 0 - Valencia 3

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Javi Martínez, San José, Aurtenetxe; De Marcos, Iturraspe, Ander Herrera (Ekiza 70'), Iñigo Pérez (Ibai Gómez 46'); Susaeta, Muniain. 4-4-2.
Valencia: Guaita; Barragán (Bruno 70'), Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba; Mehmet Topal, Dani Parejo; Feghouli, Pablo Hernández (Jonas 58'), Mathieu (Piatti 75'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 41. Soldado. Intercepted San José back pass and rounded Iraizoz to score.
0-2. 57. Soldado. First time shot wide of keeper after Jordi Alba laid ball back.
0-3. 85. Soldado (penalty). After San José blocked Dani Parejo shot with his arm.

Yellow cards: Barragán 28', Iraola 35', 66', Jordi Alba 44', Iturraspe 65', Rami 73', De Marcos 77', Dani Parejo 79', Soldado 81', San José 84' / red cards: Iraola 66'.

Valencia are now six points clear in third spot after beating Athletic Bilbao 0-3 in what could be a preview of the Europa League final. With Llorente aggravating his injury in the win against Manchester United and Toquero suspended, Athletic were left without an orthodox striker, and although they set up several attacks there was no-one there to finish off. Soldado was back for the Ches though, and with four minutes to go to the break he intercepted a poor San José back pass and ran round Iraizoz to open the scoring. Twelve minutes in to the second half he scored a second after Jordi Alba laid the ball back, and although Iraizoz kept him out a couple of times in the next few minutes, he did finally get his hat-trick from the penalty spot after San José blocked Parejo's shot with his arm. Bielsa's side ended with ten men after Iraola picked up a second booking, and the defeat leaves them two points off the European spots.