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Spanish Primera BBVA

San Mames (ATT 28,000) 23rd September 2012 - Kick off 18:50 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga Malaga

All square at the San Mames

Last Updated: 23/09/12 9:19pm

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Eliseu: Had Malaga's best chance

Eliseu: Had Malaga's best chance

Chances were few and far between at San Mames as Athletic Bilbao played out a dull draw with Malaga.

Aritz Aduriz hit the side-netting for the home side while Eliseu came closest to breaking the deadlock after the interval but the Primera Division match was otherwise a forgettable affair.

The only bright spot for Malaga at least is that they remain unbeaten in the league.

The visitors came into the match on the back of a superb start to the season, winning three of their four La Liga fixtures and beating Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League in midweek.

Athletic had not been as successful with just one win from four attempts, while they could only draw with Israeli side Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in the Europa League.

If the crowd had been expecting an entertaining match at San Mames, they would have felt slightly cheated by the final whistle.

Markel Susaeta fired over for the home side from 18 yards with nine minutes on the clock.

Athletic goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was then tested by a strike from Isco, while Joaquin Sanchez also put a header wide as Malaga tried to get things moving.

However, it was Athletic who had the best chance of the half five minutes before the interval when Susaeta curled a cross into the area but Aduriz could only find the side-netting from a narrow angle.

The second half showed few signs of improvement with no shots from either team in the opening 25 minutes.

Malaga finally mustered a weak effort from Isco from inside the box which was comfortably held by Raul after 74 minutes.

Two minutes later, Eliseu produced the best shot of the night with a powerful curling strike from 30 yards which was palmed away by a diving Raul.

Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero was then brought out of his slumber eight minutes from time to parry an attempted chip from Susaeta.

Yet despite the late signs of life, no goal appeared much to the frustration of the fans.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 34 85
2 Barcelona 34 81
3 Real Madrid 33 79
4 Athletic Bilbao 34 62
5 Sevilla 34 59
6 Real Sociedad 34 54
7 Villarreal 34 52
8 Valencia 34 45
9 Espanyol 34 41
10 Malaga 34 41
11 Levante 34 41
12 Rayo Vallecano 34 40
13 Celta Vigo 34 40
14 Granada 34 37
15 Osasuna 34 35
16 Elche 34 35
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 34 32
19 Almeria 34 30
20 Real Betis 34 22