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First Division - Day 23

Athletic Bilbao 0 - Espanyol 4

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Laporte, San José, Aurtenetxe (Toquero 58'); Iturraspe, Ander Herrera; Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain (Ibai Gómez 23', Igor Martínez 53'); Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López (Mattioni 67'), Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Víctor Sánchez, Forlín; Stuani, Verdú (Cristian Alfonso 81'), Simao (Víctor Alvarez 52'); Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 28. Héctor Moreno. Steered header down past keeper from Simao free kick.
0-2. 57. Víctor Sánchez. Got ahead of Iraizoz to turn Víctor Alvarez pass in to net.
0-3. 58. Stuani. Got on the end of Víctor Alvarez cross to turn ball past Iraizoz.
0-4. 75. Verdú. Fired rebound back in to net after keeper saved his penalty kick.

Yellow cards: Simao 18', Stuani 33', San José 37', Sergio García 38', Casilla 43', Capdevila 44', Víctor Sánchez 45', Laporte 74', Forlín 83'.

Athletic Bilbao drop to within six points of the bottom three after falling to a heavy 0-4 defeat against Espanyol on Sunday evening. The early chances fell to the home team, Casilla having to save from Susaeta and Aurtenetxe, and De Marcos putting a good chance over the bar. With just under half an hour gone though Héctor Moreno headed Simao's wide free kick down past Iraizoz to open the scoring, and early in the second half two goals in as many minutes from Víctor Sánchez and Stuani, both from assists by substitute Víctor Alvarez, put the game beyond Athletic's reach. Many fans left the San Mamés stadium at that point, and they would therefore have missed Espanyol's fourth which came following a penalty by Laporte on Alvarez, Iraizoz blocking Verdú's spot kick only for the midfielder to turn the ball back in to the net. The win takes the Catalans above their opponents in the table, and they have now only lost once since Javier Aguirre took over ten games ago.