Valencia: Guaita; Barragán, Rami,
Víctor Ruíz, Mathieu (Banega 76'); Gago, Tino Costa; Jonathan
Viera, Jonas (Nelson Valdez 61'), Bernat (Guardado 72'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Iñigo Pérez (San José 86'); Iturraspe, De Marcos; Susaeta, Ander Herrera, Muniain (Ibai Gómez 63'); Aduríz (Aurtenetxe 71'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 18. Aduríz. Latched on to loose ball and struck angled shot across Guaita.
1-1. 26. Soldado (penalty). After Ekiza blocked Viera shot with his hand in area.
1-2. 30. Aduríz. Squeezed shot past keeper after Iñigo Pérez corner fell to him.
2-2. 88. Tino Costa. Fired shot in off San José after Nelson Valdez shot blocked.
3-2. 90. Nelson Valdez. Steered header inside near post from Tino Costa free kick.
Yellow cards: Ekiza 25', Barragán 57', Soldado 70', De Marcos 78' Valdez 79' / red cards: Ander Herrera 67'.
Valencia left it late before beating Athletic Bilbao 3-2 on Saturday evening. The Ches started well, Soldado hitting the post and Gago and Rami forcing good saves out of Iraizoz, but it was the visitors who went ahead first, Valencia old boy Aduríz beating Guaita after the ball fell to him following a tackle by Matieu on De Marcos. Soldado made it all square from the penalty spot after Ekiza blocked Jonathan Viera's shot with his hand, but four minutes after that Aduríz got his second of the evening, turning the ball inside the near post from an Iñigo Pérez corner. Referee Undiano Mallenco decided one penalty was enough, turning down claims for a possible hand ball by Víctor Ruíz and appeals by Matieu and Soldado, but midway through the second half he did send off Ander Herrera for kicking Tino Costa from behind. It looked like the ten men were going to hold on though until three minutes from the end, when Tino Costa equalised after a shot from Nelson Valdez was blocked on the line. And with the game coming to an end Valdez got on the end of Costa's long free kick to head the winner, turning the home fans' boos to cheers. It was a great relief as well for coach Pellegrino, who had been under a lot of pressure following some disappointing performances.