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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 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 15 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
17 Granada 15 12
18 Cordoba 15 11
19 Almeria 15 10
20 Elche 15 10