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San Mames (ATT 30,000) 9th December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Celta Vigo

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First win in four for Bilbao

Last Updated: 09/12/12 6:38pm

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Aritz Aduriz: First-half header ensured Bilbao win

Aritz Aduriz: First-half header ensured Bilbao win

Aritz Aduriz's first-half header earned struggling Athletic Bilbao their first win in four games to lift them away from the Primera Division relegation zone.

The striker converted Ibai Gomez's cross for his 12th goal in all competitions this season to give the home side some welcome relief, their last three games having yielded just a single point sandwiched between 5-1 defeats to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The result also took them three points ahead of their opponents, whose attacking threat was limited throughout a lacklustre game.

Celta's Iago Aspas twice tried his luck from long range in the opening quarter-hour, but with no reward.

Ibai had Bilbao's first sight of goal, but fired wide of the near post from 20 yards.

But Ibai was the provider when his side took the lead soon afterwards, crossing from the left for Aduriz to beat keeper Javi Varas with a downward header.

Defender Jonas Ramalho ambitiously sought to double the lead, but his 25-yard shot sailed over.

Aspas fired over from 12 yards as Celta failed to get back on terms before the interval.

A scrappy start to the second half produced little by way of goalmouth action, with a series of set pieces from Ibai failing to produce a chance.

Bilbao eventually threatened through Fernando Amorebieta, but the defender's header was blocked by Hugo Mallo.

Enrique De Lucas drew an uncertain save from Gorka Iraizoz at the other end before Michael Krohn-Delhi's corner was headed wide by Borja Oubina.

Krohn-Delhi fired wide from 20 yards deep into stoppage time as Celta's last chance of an equaliser drifted away.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20