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First Division - Day 9

Athletic Bilbao 2 - Villarreal 0

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegui, Laporte, Balenziaga; Mikel Rico (Beñat 79'), Iturraspe (San José 72'); Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain; Aduríz (Toquero 85'). 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Dorado, Jaume Costa; Javier Aquino (Moi Gómez 46'), Bruno, Tomás Pina, Cani; Jonathan Pereira (Trigueros 46'), Giovani (Uche 64'). 4-4-2.

1-0. 33. Mikel Rico. Diving header wide of Sergio Asenjo from Iraola's cross.
2-0. 35. Aduríz. Intercepted poor Musacchio clearance and ran on to beat keeper.

Yellow cards: Iturraspe 16', Iraola 31', Mikel Rico 36', Bruno 37', 45', Susaeta 61', Trigueros 74', San José 79' / red cards: Bruno 45'.

Athletic Bilbao moved back up to fifth after a 2-0 victory on Monday evening over the team now immediately above them in the table, Villarreal. The Basque side started strongly, Aduríz and Mikel Rico both going close before Rico flung himself forward to head the opener past Asenjo from Iraola's cross with just over half an hour gone. Two minutes later Aduríz made it two after Musacchio failed to clear a long punt out of defence, and with the first half coming to a close the visitors lost their captain Bruno to a rigorous second yellow card. After the restart De Marcos had a goal disallowed for offside, and Susaeta came close to a third goal on a couple of occasions. Villarreal did finally wake up in the final minutes with Giovani and Trigueros bringing good saves out of Iraizoz, but there was little time left for them to change the result.