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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División
  • Gonzalo Escalante (56')
  • Raúl García (90'+4')

Raul Garcia boosts Athletic Bilbao's European bid with late winner

Athletic Bilbao celebrate Raul Garcia's late strike. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Raul Garcia's winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time strengthened Athletic Bilbao's Europa League bid and earned them a 1-0 Basque derby victory over Eibar.

Athletic moved up into sixth in the La Liga table thanks to a late volley from former Atletico Madrid midfielder Garcia, with eighth-placed Eibar now six points adrift and having lost both of their contests against their neighbours.

In a game with few chances for either side, the 56th-minute dismissal of Gonzalo Escalante proved pivotal as the Eibar midfielder was sent off for a late lunge on Iker Muniain's knee.

The game looked to be heading for a scoreless stalemate regardless, and Athletic even took off their top scorer Aritz Aduriz with nine minutes remaining.

However, substitute David Junca hauled down Garcia on the edge of the box deep into stoppage time to give the visitors one final chance.

And although Benat's free kick was kept out by Yoel, Ivan Ramis' clearance came straight to Garcia, who twisted to volley home a brilliant winner before the Eibar goalkeeper could get back across his line.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +29 34
2 Valencia 12 +21 30
3 Real Madrid 12 +13 24
4 Atletico Madrid 12 +10 24
5 Sevilla FC 12 +2 22
6 Villarreal 12 +7 21
7 Real Sociedad 12 +3 18
8 Leganes 12 -2 17
9 Real Betis 12 -4 17
10 Getafe 12 +5 16
11 Girona 12 -3 16
12 Levante 12 -1 15
13 Celta Vigo 12 +4 14
14 Espanyol 12 -6 13
15 Athletic Bilbao 12 -4 12
16 Deportivo La Coruña 12 -8 11
17 Eibar 12 -14 11
18 Málaga 12 -16 7
19 Alavés 12 -14 6
20 Las Palmas 12 -22 6

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