A fairly tight opening period brought just the single goal with Hector Moreno heading home from close range just before the 30-minute mark in the match.
It got worse for the home side late in the match when Verdu tapped home from close range following a missed penalty from the midfielder.
Read how it all unfolded in Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary of the action below.
BILBAO: Iraizoz; Iraola, San Jose, Aurtenetxe, Laporte; Susaeta, Iturraspe, Herrera; Aduriz, Muniain, De Marcos
ESPANYOL: Casilla; Colotto, Moreno, Capdevilla, Forlin; Simao, Verdu, Sanchez, Lopez; Garcia, Stuani