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Spanish Primera BBVA

(ATT 12,346) 30th September 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Granada Granada vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

Granada 2

Y El Arabi (pen 53, 61)


Granada move clear of drop zone

Last Updated: 01/10/13 6:33pm

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Youssef El-Arabi: Two goals for Granada

Youssef El-Arabi: Two goals for Granada

Granada moved clear of the bottom three in the Primera Division as two second-half goals from Youssef El-Arabi earned a 2-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao.

The hosts won for the first time since the opening game of the season to move into mid-table.

Moroccan forward El-Arabi broke the deadlock with a penalty early in the second half and headed a second from close range to seal the points.

Victory would have sent Athletic into the top four, while going into the game the hosts had not managed a goal in September.

And they drew another blank in an uneventful first half.

Diego Buonanotte had a shot from 12 yards tipped over the bar by Gorka Iraizoz as Granada carved out the contest's first clear opening.

But Iraizoz's opposite number Roberto Fernandez had to be alert too as he produced a smart stop to keep out Ibai Gomez's effort.

The home goalkeeper was tested again on the stroke of half-time as he held Markel Susaeta's shot.

The hosts finally ended their drought seven minutes into the second half.

Ander Herrera, the highly-rated midfielder, fouled Yacine Brahimi in the area and El Arabi stepped up to place the penalty into the bottom right corner.

The hosts made it two in the 61st minute when Pape Diakhate headed on Buonanotte's corner from the left and El Arabi nodded home.

Granada almost grabbed a killer third, and El Arabi a hat-trick, minutes later, but his shot from the right side of the area was tipped round a post by Iraizoz.

Athletic never really threatened to get back into the match, with Gaizka Toquero's header which went wide the closest they came to getting a goal back.

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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