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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)

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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 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25