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By ESPN Staff

Llorente strikes as Bilbao go fifth

Athletic Bilbao climbed to fifth place in the Primera Division thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win at home to 10-man Sporting Gijon.

The game was shaped by the 15th-minute dismissal of Sporting defender Gregory Arnolin after he hauled down Frnando Llorente. David Lopez stepped up to convert from the spot and give the home side the lead.

Gaizka Toquero made it 2-0 after good work from Iker Muniain to give Sporting an unenviable task and Llorente wrapped up a deserved victory 17 minutes from time.

A stirring Espanyol fightback fell short as the Barcelona-based side suffered a 3-2 defeat at Almeria in the Primera Division.

Almeria raced into a 3-0 lead after just 18 minutes thanks to goals from Silva Marcelo Henrique, Kala Uche and Hernan Bernardello. But Espanyol pulled it back to 3-2 shortly after the restart and looked set to go on and register a memorable comeback but Almeria defended bravely to hold on.

Osasuna remain just above the relegation zone after failing to hold on to an early lead in a 1-1 draw at home to stuttering Real Mallorca.

Osasuna were handed the perfect start when Miguel Flano put them ahead after just seven minutes but Mallorca, who had also lost seven of their 10 away games this season prior to this match, snatched a share of the spoils thanks to Gonzalo Castro's equaliser in the 38th minute.

Adrian Colunga scored twice as Getafe romped to a 4-1 victory against Deportivo to move up to eighth in the Primera Division.

The striker found the net in the 19th and 26th minutes and Miku made it 3-0 by half-time as the hosts dominated. Pedro Rios added a fourth before Riki netted a consolation penalty for Depor.

Real Zaragoza's three-game winning Primera Division run came to an end but Said Boutahar at least grabbed his side a point with an equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Racing Santander.

Christian had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 14th minute as they sought only their second away win in the league this term. But Boutahar levelled matters five minutes before half-time and neither side could force a winner after the break, leaving both teams too close to the drop zone for comfort.

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