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Athletic keep run going with Getafe win

Mikel San Jose
Mikel San Jose scored a rare goal. Credit: PA

Athletic Bilbao survived a late scare to beat Getafe 2-1 away from home and bolster their fine recent record to an impressive four wins in six Primera Division matches.

Mikel San Jose and Benat struck towards the end of either half to earn victory, before Angel Lafita's goal in injury time spurred an even later scramble in the Athletic box.

However, Ernesto Valverde's side clung on to move to 18 points in the Primera Division, opening up a distance of four points over their hosts from Madrid.


Athletic come back to progress

Athletic Bilbao came from behind to secure their place in the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Napoli.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Napoli nosed in front when Marek Hamsik opened the scoring two minutes after half-time, firing in a low left-footed shot which found the net off the inside of the post.

But Athletic responded with three quickfire goals after the hour mark.

Aritz Arduiz bagged two of them, afforded plenty of time before firing in Markel Susaeta's 61st minute cross and then capitalising on a defensive mistake to put the ball beyond Rafael Cabral in the 69th minute.

Five minutes later, Ibai Gomez drilled in a third to see off the Italians.


Valverde: Tie is wide open

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde insists his team is happy with a 1-1 draw from the first leg of their Champions League play-offs against Napoli.

This was a good result for us.But it's not over yet.

Napoli have to score in the return leg and they have players that can do so.

They are a great team and the tie is still wide open.

– Ernesto Valverde speaking to Marca

Napoli draw as Leverkusen play out thriller

Athletic Bilbao will have the upper hand back at San Mames after holding Napoli to a 1-1 Champions League play-off draw on Tuesday night.

The Primera Division and Serie A giants were pitted against each other in a battle to reach the group stages and Athletic took the initiative with Iker Muniain scoring four minutes before the break in Naples.

Napoli hit back after the interval as former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain fired a leveller on 68 minutes but the Basque outfit will fancy their chances of winning the second leg and progressing to the next stage.

There were five goals in the first half of action in the Danish capital as Bayer Leverkusen claimed a 3-2 win at FC Copenhagen.

Stefan Kiessling (five) and Zanka (nine) exchanged goals before Daniel Amartey nudged FCK ahead in the 13th minute.

Bayer equalised through Karim Bellarabi on 31 minutes and, three minutes before the break, Son Heung-min grabbed what proved to be the winner for the Bundesliga giants.

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