MX23RW : Tuesday, December 11 16:33:53
Nov 5, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Attendance: 14,209
Espanyol
1-0
Athletic Bilbao
Iglesias (41')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Iglesias strikes to send Espanyol second

Espanyol are now second, three points behind leaders Barcelona.

Espanyol moved up to second in LaLiga as they edged out Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at the Power8 Stadium on Monday night.

The visitors bossed possession and had the better of the first half, but Borja Iglesias’ 41st minute header was enough for Espanyol to record their sixth win of the season and move to within three points of leaders and rivals Barcelona.

The three points did not come easily though, with Bilbao dominating possession and having plenty of chances.

Mikel San Jose had a chance before Espanyol’s first chance came in the 36th minute, when Iago Herrerin got down low to save Sergio Garcia’s shot.

They had more luck with their second opportunity though as Iglesias headed home Didac Vila’s cross for his fourth goal in his last three league matches.

Athletic almost hit straight back but Inaki Williams’ shot struck the post two minutes later.

The visitors launched a late volley of attacks, with Unai Nunez, Williams and Inigo Martinez all going close in the last 10 minutes, but Espanyol hung on.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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