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Spanish Primera BBVA

San Mames (ATT 35,000) 11th May 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Real Mallorca Mallorca

Ath Bilbao 2

A Aduriz (8)
F Llorente (79)

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Mallorca 1

A Fontas (S/O 24)
G dos Santos (81)
Ximo (S/O 90+1)

Bilbao secure vital win

Last Updated: 11/05/13 5:52pm

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Aritz Aduriz gave Bilbao the lead and missed a penalty

Aritz Aduriz gave Bilbao the lead and missed a penalty

Athletic Bilbao took a giant step towards sealing their Primera Division status after overcoming nine-man Real Mallorca 2-1 at San Mames.

Aritz Aduriz gave the hosts an early lead but then missed a penalty after Andreu Fontas was sent off on 25 minutes.

Fernando Llorente doubled the advantage late in the second half but Mallorca forward Giovani Dos Santos made for an exciting finish by netting a superb goal two minutes later.

However, Mallorca's hopes of snatching a late equaliser were struck a blow in injury time when Ximo Navarro was also sent off for a second booking and Athletic were able to hold on.

The Basque side, one of only three clubs never to have been out of the top flight in Spain, temporarily moved above Real Valladolid into 13th place in the table after the win, while time is running out for Mallorca, who remain bottom and at least four points from safety with just three games left.

Aduriz put Athletic in front after just seven minutes, heading home a Jon Aurtenetxe cross from the left wing, the full-back intercepting the ball from Mallorca midfielder Fernando Tissone.

Gregorio Manzano's visitors then made things harder for themselves when Fontas handled in the area midway through the first half, conceding a penalty and picking up his second yellow card. However, Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate stopped Aduriz's spot-kick.

The Islanders did not retreat after losing Fontas, and had a chance to level after half an hour, but home goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz denied Victor Casadesus.

Athletic had a goal disallowed just after the re-start but Mallorca kept on pressing for an equaliser. Tomer Hemed tried to lob Iraizoz, but his shot went wide.

Llorente replaced Aduriz on 55 minutes and needed two attempts on goal before he added the second with 11 minutes left, volleying a cross by Markel Susaeta in from the six-yard box.

Giovani gave the visitors faint hope by scoring a brilliant free-kick, and the Mexican was inches away from equalising from another dead ball situation just two minutes later.

Mallorca's chances began to dry up as the clock ran down and were dealt a further blow in injury time when Navarro got his second yellow card for a foul on Susaeta.

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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