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Espanyol beats Bilbao 1-0 in Spanish league

Espanyol beats Bilbao 1-0 in Spanish league

A Luis Garcia goal gave Espanyol a 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday.
The forward scored his second league goal of the season in the 60th minute when he followed up on the rebound after goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz failed to hold Javier Marquez's low shot.
Espanyol is 14th in the standings and Bilbao eighth.
Later, Barcelona seeks to maintain its five-point lead in the table when it visits Sporting Gijon, while second-place Real Madrid travels to Deportivo La Coruna, where it has not won since 1991.
At Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat Stadium, the hosts had trouble creating chances until Pablo Osvaldo nearly reached a dangerous through pass from Jose Callejon in the 27th minute.
Minutes later Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta drew fine saves from his own goalkeeper after two dangerous deflections ricocheted off him in succession from Espanyol shots.
Espanyol took increasing control of the game and early in the second half Adonia Iraola had to make a last-ditch tackle on Joan Verdu when the striker was set up by Garcia after Osvaldo's backheel.
With Bilbao struggling in attack, coach Joaquin Caparros replaced Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora with 17-year-old Iker Muniain on the hour although the youngster failed to break down the Espanyol defense.
On Sunday it's: Sevilla vs. Valencia; Tenerife vs. Zaragoza; Xerez vs. Mallorca; Villarreal vs. Osasuna; Valladolid vs. Almeria; Getafe vs. Racing Santander; and Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga.