Oct 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Juegos Mediterraneos
Almeria
0-1
Athletic Bilbao

Partey (13'), Verza (71')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Etxeitia (56')
Iraloa (54')

Result: Xabier Etxeitia goal gives Athletic Bilbao win

Xabier Etxeitia scores the only goal to give Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 win over Almeria in La Liga.

A second-half goal from Xabier Etxeitia was enough for Athletic Bilbao to secure a 1-0 win over Almeria in La Liga this afternoon.

Iker Muniain looked to open the scoring inside the first 10 minutes for the visitors after Markel Susaeta played a long ball forward, but he could not squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.

Chances remained scarce for much of the first half until Edgar forced a save from Gorka Iraizoz shortly before the break, but the Bilbao keeper held on to keep the sides level.

Tommer Hemed came close to putting Almeria ahead at the start of the second half, but his swerving short from the edge of the box was well saved.

The visitors were able to capitalise on the miss a few minutes later when an Aritz Aduriz corner fell for Xabier Etxeita to smash in from close range.

Oscar de Marcos tried to get forward to slot in a second a couple of times for Bilbao, but he was caught offside twice while looking for the goal.

Meanwhile Thievy attempted to force in an equaliser just a couple of minutes from full time, but his effort failed to trouble the keeper.

The result lifts Bilbao up to 14th in the table, just one place behind Almeria.

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