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Manuel Martinez Valero (ATT 24,752) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias

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La Liga: Struggling Elche earn draw against Athletic Bilbao

Last Updated: 26/03/14 6:41pm

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Elche's goalkeeper Manu Herrera reacts during the 0-0 draw

Elche's goalkeeper Manu Herrera reacts during the 0-0 draw

Struggling Elche held high-flying Athletic Bilbao to a 0-0 draw at home, but remain dangerously close to the Primera Division relegation zone.

Athletic's capacity to break down Elche, who had not conceded any goals in their previous five home games, was made harder by the strong wind blowing over the Martinez Valera stadium, but credit must go to Fran Escriba's men for starving the Basques of proper goalscoring chances.

However, it made for a turgid night of football.

The hosts had the better chances to score, including the first attempt of the night - Garry Rodrigues shooting well wide of goal with three minutes played.

Elche had the better of the early stages of the game, meaning Athletic were forced to resort to efforts from long range. Ander Herrera managed to hit a free-kick on target, but was not able to beat stopper Manu Herrera.

Elche forward Richmond Boakye got a lot closer to goal midway through the first half, arriving in the six-yard box to get on the end of a low cross from Rodrigues - but the forward lifted the ball over the bar.

Iker Muniain was put through at the other end two minutes before half-time, but was also unable to keep his shot down as he attempted to beat Herrera at his near post.

It was a different Herrera who had Elche's next chance - substitute Christian Herrera taking advantage of a slip from Mikel San Jose, but his shot was blocked by Aymeric Laporte.

Defender Domingo Cisma would waste the hosts' final opportunity to snatch a winner, aiming a free header into the hands of Athletic stopper Gorka Iraizoz, while Markel Susaeta's late free-kick came to nothing for the visitors, who have now not won away from home in their last three games.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20

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