Jan 11, 2013 at 9pm UK at ​San Mames
Athletic Bilbao
1-2
Rayo Vallecano
San Jose (77')
de Marcos (15'), San Jose (61'), Gurpegui (64'), Herrera (73')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lass (48'), Piti (65' pen.)
Gálvez (13'), Amat (33'), Baptistao (45'), Casado (59'), Dominguez (76')
Gálvez (89')

Result: Rayo Vallecano too strong for Athletic Bilbao

Result: Rayo too strong for Bilbao
© PA Photos
Rayo Vallecano beat Athletic Bilbao with two second-half goals to move into fourth place in La Liga.

Rayo Vallecano picked up their fourth straight win this evening win as two second-half strikes left Athletic Bilbao stunned at the San Mames.

Both sides had chances to take the lead in an even opening period, with Bilbao winger Inai Gomez denied by the woodwork just before the break.

Rayo had chances of their own in the first 45 minutes, with Piti forcing Gorka Iraizoz to make a pair of smart stops.

The visitors got the breakthrough three minutes into the second half when Lass latched onto a long ball from Roberto Trashorras before lashing home from close range.

Just after the hour Rayo doubled their advantage in controversial circumstances when they were awarded a penalty for a challenge made inches outside the area.

Piti made no mistake from the spot to leave the home side with an uphill task to gain a positive result.

Bilbao did reduce the deficit with five minutes left when Mikel San Jose scrambled home when Rayo failed to clear a set piece.

A grandstand finish was set up as Rayo were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time after Alejandro Galvez picked up his second booking.

Rayo held on through five minutes of injury time to gain their fourth win in a row and move up to fourth in La Liga.

Athletic Bilbao players celebrate on November 28, 2012
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