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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 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 32 20