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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 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Sevilla 15 30
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
12 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
18 Granada 15 12
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 15 10