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Feb 16, 2014 at 6pm UK at San Mames
Athletic Bilbao
Gurpegi (56')
Aduriz (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Garcia (7'), Colotto (65')

Result: Espanyol beat 10-man Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol clinch a 2-1 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao in La Liga to move up to seventh in the table.

A second-half goal from Diego Colotto gave Espanyol have a 2-1 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this evening.

Athletic Bilbao's midfielder and captain Carlos Gurpegi celebrates a goal with teammates Athletic Bilbao's forward Aritz Aduriz and Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Mikel Rico during the Spanish league football match Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol de Barcelona a© Getty Images

Sergio Garcia came close to opening the scoring just a few minutes into the match, firing a long-range volley towards the Bilbao goal, but Gorka Iraizoz was able to make the save.

However, the Espanyol captain found the target just moments later, driving a powerful strike into the bottom corner.

Perez looked to set up Christian Stuani to double the visitors' lead later in the first half, but the home keeper made the save from point-blank range.

Artiz Aduriz almost scored an equaliser just before the half-hour mark, but his header clattered back off the crossbar.

Espanyol continued to look the stronger side early in the second half, but the hosts soon got back on level terms as Carlos Gurpegi headed in from an Ibai Gomez free kick.

The goal triggered a Bilbao resurgence, with Aduriz almost putting the home side ahead, only to be denied by a Colotto block.

Colotto was involved at the other end just a couple of minutes later as he restored Espanyol's lead, tapping in from a Simao corner.

The home side's hopes of finding a late equaliser were dashed when Aduriz picked up his second yellow card of the match in the final five minutes for a late challenge on Victor Sanchez, forcing Bilbao to finish the contest with only 10 men.

The result moves Espanyol up to seventh in the table.

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