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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 12,532) 25th November 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Malaga Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

Malaga 1

Juanmi (38)
F Portillo (S/O 83)

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Ath Bilbao 2

M San Jose (69)
I Muniain (85)

Bilbao battle back for glory

Last Updated: 25/11/13 11:32pm

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Juanmi gave Malaga an early advantage

Juanmi gave Malaga an early advantage

Athletic Bilbao staged a second-half comeback to sink Malaga 2-1 and close in on the top four in the Primera Division.

Juanmi put hosts Malaga in front in the 38th minute as their opponents struggled to get going.

But Athletic were much improved after the break, Mikel San Jose heading the equaliser in the 69th minute.

Malaga started to lose their discipline as they racked up the bookings and it told in the 83rd minute as Francisco Portillo collected his second and was sent off.

And Athletic got the winner two minutes later as Iker Muniain scored at the second attempt.

The win moved them a point behind fourth-placed Villarreal

Both sides were struggling for inspiration in a slow start to the match before Malaga started to gain the upper hand after half an hour.

Juanmi and Vitorino Antunes both fired efforts wide from inside the area before the former broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break.

Marcos Angeleri nodded the ball back across goal from the right side and Juanmi sent his header high into the net from the centre of the area.

Athletic had a chance to level minutes later when San Jose headed over Ibai's free-kick from close range.

Ibai then fired over from the left side of the area as the visitors ended the half on the up.

And they continued to improve after the break, with Oscar De Marcos mis-hitting a shot wide of the left post from 18 yards.

The equaliser arrived in the 69th minute, San Jose heading Markel Susaeta's inswinging corner from the right low into the net.

De Marcos tested Willy Caballero with a shot from distance as Malaga continued to wobble.

Portillo picked up his second booking in less than 10 minutes for a foul on Ander Iturraspe, leaving the hosts to play the final seven minutes with 10 men.

And they could not hold out as Athletic grabbed the winner two minutes later.

Muniain's first shot was blocked by Caballero, but he was on hand to slot home the rebound to complete the comeback.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7