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Spanish Primera BBVA

San Mames (ATT 30,000) 25th November 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo La Coruna Deportivo

Ath Bilbao 1

O de Marcos (23)


Deportivo 1

A Aguilar (53)

Deportivo out of drop zone

Last Updated: 25/11/12 6:59pm

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Abel Aguilar: Scored the equaliser

Abel Aguilar: Scored the equaliser

Deportivo moved out of the Primera Division relegation zone thanks to a vital point earned from a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

The hosts took a deserved lead before the break as Oscar de Marcos converted Markel Susaeta's cross in the 24th minute, but Abel Aguilar headed Depor level from Juan Carlos Valeron's driven ball just after half-time.

Athletic pressed for the winner but Fernando Llorente failed to find the target with three headers, with Andoni Iraola and Iker Muniain also coming close, and there was to be no way through for the Basque outfit.

With Aritz Aduriz suspended, Llorente was starting his first league game of the season and he came agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute by bulleting Susaeta's free-kick off the bar and seeing his follow-up effort smothered on the line by German Lux.

Depor offered precious little as an attacking force in the first half, but they were nearly gifted a bizarre goal when Borja Ekiza badly misjudged a backpass to Gorka Iraizoz, with the defender lucky to see the ball dribble just past a post.

Athletic were dominant and deservedly took the lead midway through the half as Ander Iturraspe released Susaeta down the right, his cut-back met brilliantly by De Marcos who tucked home his fourth goal of the season.

All of Athletic's good work in the first half was wiped out within seven minutes of the restart, though, as a corner broke for Valeron on the by-line, with his cross being squeezed home at the near post by Aguilar's smart header.

The hosts then laid siege on the Depor goal and were unlucky not to retake the lead on a number of occasions.

Llorente headed over the bar twice when well-placed to score, whilst a driven cross from Iker Muniain somehow avoided Llorente and a number of Depor defenders facing their own goal when any touch would have taken the ball in.

A wayward cross from Jon Aurtenetxe then came within inches of dropping in with Lux stranded, but the Argentinian keeper made a good stop before parrying a Muniain drive moments later.

Llorente then saw another headed effort flash wide of the upright but, in a rare counter-attack, Depor almost stole all three points as Rodolfo Bodipo volleyed Javier Camunas' cross over the bar from just six yards out.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18