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First Division - Day 24

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Espanyol 2

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegi, Laporte (Erik Morán 46’), Balenziaga; San José; Susaeta (Muniain 75’), Ander Herrera (De Marcos 67’), Mikel Rico, Ibai Gómez; Aduríz. 4-1-4-1.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Fuentes; Víctor Sánchez, David López; Stuani, Abraham (Alex Fernández 62’), Simao (Pizzi 72’); Sergio García (Córdoba 92’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 06. Sergio García. Picked up Simao pass and ran on to fire shot across Iraizoz.
1-1. 56. Gurpegi. Got in front of keeper to head Ibai Gómez free kick down in to net.
1-2. 65. Colotto. Deflected ball in to far corner of net with knee from Simao corner.

Yellow cards: Aduríz 30’, 86’, David López 46’, Colotto 51’, Iraola 61’, Gurpegi 81’ / red cards: Aduríz 86’.

Athletic Bilbao stay in fourth place, although the Basque side are now sixteen points behind the three leaders after they lost 1-2 to Espanyol on Sunday evening. Valverde’s team had not been beaten in the league in their new San Mamés stadium, but they went behind in only the sixth minute when Sergio García ran through to fire an angled shot past Iraizoz. Aduríz headed against the post and Casilla had to be at his best to keep out a Mikel Rico header from a long free kick, but Stuani also hit the post in reply a few minutes before the break. After the restart Gurpegi headed the equalizer from an Ibai Gómez free kick, but some ten minutes later Colotto restored the lead for the visitors, Simao’s corner hitting him on the knee and rebounding in to the net. Both keepers were in action after that to save from Aduríz and Stuani, but any hopes the locals had of preserving their unbeaten record ended when Aduríz was sent off for a second bookable offence with five minutes to go.