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Real Sociedad convert two penalties to beat Athletic Bilbao in Basque derby

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Real Sociedad won an edgy derby at Basque neighbours Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Friday with the help of two converted penalties to move up to eighth in La Liga and leave their rivals hovering above the relegation zone.

Mikel Oyarzabal scored the first of his two spot-kicks on the half hour mark after former Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez was judged by the video assistant referee (VAR) to have kicked an opponent while contesting a high ball.

Athletic responded immediately with an equaliser from Iker...

 By PA Sport

Barcelona held by Athletic Bilbao as Ernesto Valverde defends decision to bench Lionel Messi

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Barcelona's run of poor form continued following a surprise 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets started on the bench as Barcelona stretched their winless run to three La Liga matches.

Messi's arrival changed the game in Barcelona's favour but Ernesto Valverde will rue more points dropped in La Liga as he switches attention to the midweek clash with Tottenham in the Champions League.

"I have to judge the games we have coming up and we have four games...

Valencia mayor critical of La Liga over games played in high heat

Valencia mayor Joan Ribo has taken a swipe at La Liga for only choosing to move certain games due to the heat.

Real Betis' home league game against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening will be played one hour and 30 minutes later than originally scheduled due to the high temperatures that are being predicted for Seville.

La Liga want to avoid playing games with temperatures surpassing the 30ºC . The game was scheduled to start at 17:30 BST but temperatures are expected to reach 35ºC,...