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Spanish Primera BBVA

San Mames (ATT 32,000) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Granada

Ath Bilbao 1

A Aduriz (67)
M Susaeta (S/O 80)

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Narrow win for Athletic Bilbao

Last Updated: 01/04/13 10:24pm

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Aduriz: Scored the winner

Aduriz: Scored the winner

Athletic Bilbao moved up to 13th, and more importantly 11 points clear of the relegation zone, after Aduriz's header was enough to see off a lacklustre Granada at San Mames.

Granada went into the match just four points above the drop zone, while Athletic were two places and four points better off.

Granada were without a win in five and their lack of confidence showed early on as Athletic dominated.

Aduriz's 12th-minute effort whistled just past Antonio Tono's post, but the goalkeeper was to be called into action eight minutes later to keep out Ander Herrera's shot and then Markel Susaeta's header.

However Athletic have had problems at the back all season as only the bottom two - Deportivo and Real Mallorca - have conceded more league goals than the Basque outfit.

And Granda came close to making it goal number 52 against Marcelo Bielsa's side when after 24 minutes Manuel Agudo Nolito headed against the bar from six yards out.

Tono had to be alert to parry Aduriz's header, before Oscar de Marcos shot over for Athletic when just 12 yards out, as Granada entered the dressing room at half-time lucky to be level.

Aymeric Laporte header tested Tono eight minutes after the restart, before Gorka Iraizoz in the Athletic goal was tested for the first time by Youssef El Arabi.

Seven minutes later and Athletic were ahead when Aduriz headed home Gomez Ibai's cross from six yards out and it was a lead they would not relinquish.

Susaeta saw red after picking up his second yellow following a foul on Nolito, but Athletic failed to threaten.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22