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Apr 17, 2016 at 11am UK at ​Estadio La Rosaleda
Malaga
0-1
Athletic Bilbao
FT(HT: 0-0)
Garcia (53')

Result: Raul Garcia keeps Athletic Bilbao in Champions League contention

Raul Garcia scores the only goal of the game as Athletic Bilbao claim maximum points from their trip to Malaga.

Raul Garcia's ninth goal of the season away at Malaga this afternoon was enough to keep alive Athletic Bilbao's slender hopes of qualifying for next term's Champions League.

The 1-0 scoreline has moved visiting Bilbao up to fifth position, six points adrift of fourth-placed Villarreal.

Clear openings were few and far between during the first half, with two of the best falling to Malaga's attacking midfielder Juanpi.

With 12 minutes on the clock the Venezuelan saw his strike from the edge of the box tipped to safety by Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, while 14 minutes later he fired over from close range following a swift counter-attack.

However, there were no such problems in front of goal for Garcia with 53 minutes on the clock. The Malaga defence failed to react to Ander Iturraspe's corner, leaving the 29-year-old with a routine finish.

In response, Malaga's best chance was spurned by Charles when he saw his initial shot stopped by Iraizoz and then the follow-up blocked by Mikel San Jose.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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