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Spanish Primera BBVA

Nuevo Jose Zorilla Stadium (ATT 18,000) 1st February 2013 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: J Estrada Fernandez

Valladolid Real Valladolid vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

Valladolid 2

J Guerra (8)
A Bueno (15)

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Ath Bilbao 2

O de Marcos (22)
M Susaeta (50)

Bilbao show fighting spirit

Last Updated: 01/02/13 11:43pm

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Markel Susaeta salvaged a point for Bilbao

Markel Susaeta salvaged a point for Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao battled from two goals down to earn a creditable point at Real Valladolid in the Primera Division clash at the Jose Zorrilla.

Goals from Javi Guerra and Alberto Bueno in the first 15 minutes put Miroslav Dukic's side in the ascendancy, but Oscar de Marcos' 21st-minute strike gave Athletic hope and then Markel Susaeta salvaged a draw for the visitors early in the second half.

The stalemate left Valladolid 10th in the standings - still three points and three positions better off than their opponents.

The hosts needed only eight minutes to take the lead, Guerra heading Antonio Rukavina's right-wing cross into the top-left corner.

Athletic, who headed into this game buoyed by last weekend's 3-0 mauling of second-placed Atletico Madrid at San Mames, almost got back on level terms seven minutes later when Aritz Aduriz's shot beat Dani Hernandez but he was denied by the post.

Moments later, Valladolid went up the other end and made it 2-0. Daniel Larsson provided the assist for Bueno to slot home from close range.

Athletic refused to lie down, though, and halved the deficit midway through the first half through De Marcos, who lashed an unstoppable volley past Hernandez from Susaeta's right-wing cross.

Hernandez had to be alert to preserve his team's lead just before the half-hour mark, parrying De Marcos' 30-yard left-footed volley.

Valladolid were forced into a change 10 minutes before the break when a bad challenge by Aduriz ended centre-back Marc Valiente's participation in the match, the Athletic man picking up a deserved yellow card.

Aduriz was at the centre of the action again four minutes after the restart, this time playing a key role in getting the Basque side back on level terms. His header fell perfectly for Susaeta, who directed a right-footed shot into the top-left corner.

Marcelo Bielsa's side could even have won it in the closing stages, but Susaeta fired wide while Ander Herrera and Ibai Gomez saw decent attempts saved by Hernandez as the game finished all square.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 26 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Levante 26 25
17 Almeria 25 24
18 Elche 25 24
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18