Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López,
Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Fuentes (Capdevila 62'); David López,
Víctor Sánchez; Stuani, Pizzi (Abraham 81'), Simao (Torje 73');
Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, San José, Gurpegui, Laporte; Iturraspe (Ibai Gómez 57'), Mikel Rico; De Marcos (Susaeta 73'), Beñat (Ander Herrera 73'), Muniain; Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 24. Víctor Sánchez. Won ball in midfield and ran on to shoot in to top corner.
1-1. 43. De Marcos. Slid ball in from close up after Mikel Rico crossed from right.
2-1. 49. Víctor Sánchez. Ran on to Sergio García cross and fired shot past Iraizoz.
3-1. 66. Sergio García. Forced header past Iraizoz after keeper saved two shots.
3-2. 92. Ibai Gómez. Struck free kick over defensive wall wide of Kiko Casilla.
Yellow cards: Héctor Moreno 16', Aduríz 31', David López 73', San José 88'.
Espanyol move above Athletic Bilbao to fifth in the table after a 3-2 victory over the Basque side in this week's Monday night game. The game got off to a lively start, David López just failing to turn in a Simao free kick in the third minute, and Colotto lucky to be let off a penalty when he blocked an Aduríz header with his arm. The Catalans took the lead midway through the first half, Víctor Sánchez winning the ball in midfield and blasting a long shot in off the near post, and Stuani went close with a header soon afterwards. Moreno had to clear an effort by Muniain with the keeper beaten though, and just before half time De Marcos equalized, turning the ball past Casilla after Mikel Rico played Beñat's cross back across goal. Just four minutes after the break however Víctor Sánchez restored the lead with his second of the night, and a few minutes later Iraizoz had to make a double save from Stuani and then Sergio García, the keeper unable to avoid fumbling García's follow up header over the line. That seemed to have sealed the three points, although there was still time for Ibai Gómez to set up a nervous finish with a well struck free kick in the second minute of injury time.