Late goal gives Bil­bao 1-1 draw with Va­len­cia

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY JOSEPH WIL­SON

Ath­letic Bil­bao’s Aritz Aduriz scored in the last minute to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Va­len­cia in the Span­ish league on Thurs­day.

The striker tapped in a shot that had come off the post as his team pushed for an equal­izer fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Va­len­cia’s Ni­co­las Ota­mendi in the 82nd.

Aduriz pointed to in­jured team­mate Iker Mu­ni­ain in the stands af­ter his lev­eler, who is fac­ing a six-month lay­off af­ter tear­ing lig­a­ments in his left knee in Bil­bao’s 2-0 de­feat away to Sevilla last Satur­day.

Sub­sti­tute Ro­drigo de Paul had given Va­len­cia the lead at San Mames Sta­dium with a goal in the 61st.

The draw left Va­len­cia in fourth place, but only one point above fifth-place Sevilla as they vie for the last Cham­pi­ons League spot. Bil­bao re­mained in eighth.

Es­panyol striker Felipe Caicedo scored a brace to lead his side to a 3-0 victory at Vil­lar­real as it rose into ninth, while Getafe won 1-0 at Elche to move fur­ther away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Va­len­cia coach Nuno Espir­ito Santo pointed to Ota­mendi’s send­ing off for his studs-first tackle of Mikel San Jose as the turn­ing point to the match.

“That limited what we could do,” he said. “He is a key piece of our team... Un­til then, we saw two evenly matched teams in the first half, and in the sec­ond half we had our op­por­tu­ni­ties to seal the win.”

At Vil­lar­real, Caicedo was po­si­tioned for a de­flected ball to bounce off his thigh and into the net for Es­panyol’s first goal in the 24th. He then scored from a solo ef­fort in the 68th, turn­ing quickly af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ball with his back to the goal and fir­ing a low shot un­der goal­keeper Ser­gio Asenjo.

Vic­tor Sanchez net­ted in the 79th to com­plete Vil­lar­real’s worst home loss in league this sea­son. Vil­lar­real’s win­less run reached four games as it re­mained in sixth.

Getafe mid­fielder Freddy Hine­stroza scored with a glanc­ing header from a cor­ner kick in the 84th to grab a 1-0 win that kept Elche three points above the drop zone.

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