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Athletic strengthen grip on fourth place

Published: Sunday 23 March 2014
Athletic Club are nine points clear of Basque rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol in fourth place after Markel Susaeta's stunning goal helped them overcome Getafe CF.
Athletic strengthen grip on fourth place
Athletic celebrate Markel Susaeta's superb strike ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 23 March 2014

Athletic strengthen grip on fourth place

Athletic Club are nine points clear of Basque rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol in fourth place after Markel Susaeta's stunning goal helped them overcome Getafe CF.

Athletic Club beat Getafe CF 1-0 at San Mamés to move nine points clear of Basque rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol and strengthen their grip on fourth place in the Spanish Liga.

Markel Susaeta scored the only goal of the game five minutes before the interval, curling in a stunning effort from 25 metres after a well-worked short free-kick routine. The defeat leaves Getafe in a perilous position, one point above Real Valladolid CF at the upper limit of the relegation zone. 

Valladolid missed the chance to leapfrog the Madrid-based side into safety after letting a lead slip in a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. Compounding the home side's frustration was the fact that they were burned by their former player – Alberto Bueno's spectacular volley wiping out the early advantage handed Valladolid by Ze Castro's own goal.

Elsewhere, Yasine Brahimi's goal proved decisive as Granada CF edged out Elche CF 1-0. The margin of victory would have been greater had Francisco Rico Castro converted the second-half spot-kick conceded by Cristian Sapunaru, who was dismissed. RCD Espanyol were held to a goalless draw at home by Levante UD, who had Victor Casadesus sent off late on.

Last updated: 23/03/14 0.10CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/04/2014 11:23 CET

23/03/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid3-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Benzema 20, 24, Ronaldo 55 (P)

Iniesta 7, Messi 42, 65 (P), 84 (P)

Venue: Madrid

23/03/2014

ValenciaValencia2-1VillarrealVillarreal

Fuego 35, 44

Dos Santos 83

Venue: Valencia

23/03/2014

BetisBetis0-2AtléticoAtlético

Gabi 58, Diego Costa 64

Venue: Sevilla

23/03/2014

OsasunaOsasuna1-2SevillaSevilla

Acuña 90+4

Samperio 27, Bacca 45+1 (P)

Venue: Pamplona

22/03/2014

AthleticAthletic1-0GetafeGetafe

Susaeta 40

Venue: Bilbao

22/03/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Zé Castro 7 (og)

Alberto Bueno 45

Venue: Valladolid

22/03/2014

EspanyolEspanyol0-0LevanteLevante

Venue: Barcelona

22/03/2014

GranadaGranada1-0ElcheElche

Brahimi 63

Venue: Granada

21/03/2014

CeltaCelta0-2MálagaMálaga

Camacho 24, 32

Venue: Pontevedra

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