Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Gabriel Paulista, Jokic; Oliver Torres (Jaume Costa 75’), Bruno, Tomás Pina, Cani (Javier Aquino 60’); Uche (Pantic 66‘), Giovani. 4-4-2.
Athletic: Iraizoz; De Marcos (Iraola 76’), Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico (Toquero 72’); Susaeta, Ander Herrera (Beñat 80’), Muniain; Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 46. Pina. Slid ball in on far post after Oliver Torres crossed from right.
1-1. 83. Aduríz. Got between defenders to head Iturraspe centre past Asenjo.
Yellow cards: Jokic 30’, Aduríz 31’, Gurpegi 35’, Gabriel 38’, 65’ / red cards: Gabriel 65’.
Fourth placed Athletic Bilbao stay six points clear of their closest rivals after drawing 1-1 at sixth placed Villarreal on Monday night. The early pressure came from the locals, Iraizoz saving from Oliver Torres and Giovani curling a free kick just wide. Sergio Asenjo had to recover quickly though to push a deflected shot by Herrera over the bar, and Aduríz missed a chance to give the Basque side the lead late on in the first half when the keeper saved his penalty kick after Gabriel handled in the area. Just a minute after the restart Tomás Pina put the locals ahead after connecting with Oliver’s cross, and Uche and Musacchio both came close to adding to the lead soon afterwards. However Marcelino’s team were left with ten men when Gabriel picked up a second booking, and Aduríz made up for his mistake by heading the equalizer from an Iturraspe centre with eight minutes to go.