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San Mames (ATT 33,200) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe Getafe

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Last Updated: 22/03/14 11:27pm

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Oscar de Marcos (l) and Rafael Lopez battle for the ball

Oscar de Marcos (l) and Rafael Lopez battle for the ball

Athletic Bilbao tightened their grip on fourth spot in the Primera Division with a narrow 1-0 victory over Getafe.

Markel Susaeta hit the only goal of the game in the 39th minute, and although Athletic were easily the better side, they were unable to extend their lead.

The win sees Ernesto Valverde's men move a step closer to Champions League qualification, while Getafe remain dangerously close to the relegation zone.

With top scorer Aritz Aduriz suspended, it was left to 20-year old striker Guillermo Fernandez to lead the Athletic attack.

The youngster had a lively first half, his header forcing a save from Jordi Codina, and later flashed a shot wide of the far post.

Getafe were second best throughout the game but created a couple of chances.

Angel Lafita rounded Gorka Iraizoz but had too narrow an angle to aim at and could not take advantage. Then Sammir had a go from 20 yards but Iraizoz got down low to make the save.

Athletic took the lead shortly before half-time, Ander Herrera squaring the ball to Susaeta from a free-kick, the forward carefully driving the ball into the top corner.

Herrera could have doubled the lead right before the break, shooting just wide from 40 yards out as Codina scrambled to get back into his goal after failing to clear a through ball to safety.

Fernandez thought he had doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half when he slid home a low cross by Iker Muniain but he was harshly judged offside.

Getafe were quiet in the second half but still caused Athletic problems, and Iraizoz was forced to tip away a swerving effort from Lafita.

Gaizka Toquero had Athletic's best chance to seal the win, bursting into the box but unable to lift the ball over Codina, and the goalkeeper had to make a late save to deny Oscar de Marcos.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 37 93
2 Real Madrid 37 89
3 Atletico Madrid 37 77
4 Valencia 37 74
5 Sevilla 37 73
6 Villarreal 37 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 37 52
8 Malaga 37 50
9 Espanyol 37 49
10 Rayo Vallecano 37 49
11 Celta Vigo 37 48
12 Real Sociedad 37 43
13 Elche 37 40
14 Getafe 37 37
15 Levante 37 36
16 Granada 37 34
17 Deportivo La Coruna 37 34
18 Eibar 37 32
19 Almeria 37 32
20 Cordoba 37 20