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Balaidos (ATT 27,300) 10th February 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

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Primera Liga: Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao in stalemate

Last Updated: 11/02/14 7:28am

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Athletic Bilbao kept hopes of a top-four spot on course in a goalless draw in Vigo

Athletic Bilbao kept hopes of a top-four spot on course in a goalless draw in Vigo

Athletic Bilbao consolidated their position in the fourth Champions League spot as they clung on for a Primera Division point in a goalless draw at in-form Celta Vigo.

Estadio Balaidos has become something of a fortress of late for Celta, who have won four of their last five games there.

And though they went close on numerous occasions in the first half - notably when Charles hit the post just before half-time - they could not find a way past Athletic, who took their lead over fifth-placed Villarreal to four points.

Celta are unbeaten at home since November 9 and they showed their confidence as they dominated the chances in the first period.

Santi Mina was the first to try his luck but he pulled his shot wide from inside the area after 15 minutes, while Charles fired over six minutes later.

Just before the half-hour mark Rafinha brought a brilliant save out of Gorka Iraizoz as his left-foot strike from the edge of the box was turned over by the visiting goalkeeper.

And Celta went closer still two minutes before the break as Charles drilled a shot against the post from 18 yards.

The hosts could not keep up their onslaught after the break, although Augusto Fernandez had a chance which he fired off target.

As the half went on the visitors finally started to create opportunities, with first Iker Muniain and then Ibai Gomez failing to find the target with decent chances.

But with the final whistle approaching it was again Celta who looked the more likely to score and the final chance went to substitute Mario Bermejo, who headed over from close range.

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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

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