Athletic close on Champions League spot

Aritz Aduriz had a mixed but ultimately rewarding night as Athletic Bilbao stayed ahead of the game in the chase for the fourth Champions League spot.

The veteran striker missed a first-half penalty but recovered to score a second-period equaliser as his men drew 1-1 at Villarreal.

The point puts them six points clear of Real Sociedad in the race for the final spot in Europe's premier competition, while it keeps Villarreal - for whom Tomas Pina opened the scoring - seven behind them.

It was a fair result but Villarreal may wonder what would have happened had Gabriel Paulista not been sent off midway through the second half.

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