Valencia Struggle Against Athletic Bilbao

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Thursday 9 April was relatively quiet for yesterday match results, but thankfully there was some action over in Spain. Valencia travelled to Athletic Bilbao for a La Liga clash that could have helped them close the gap on third-placed Atlético Madrid.

All looked well for Valencia when they scored through Rodrigo de Paul in the 61st minute, but trouble lay ahead in the form of a straight red card for Valencia captain and central defender Nicolás Otamendi. Without the effective Argentinian, Valencia conceded a late equaliser in the 89th minute from Artiz Arduiz to finish 1-1.

Elsewhere on Thursday night, Elche lost 1-0 at home to Getafe. However, the most shocking result came when sixth-placed Villarreal lost 3-0 at home to Espanyol, who started the game in the bottom half of La Liga. At the top of the table, Barcelona hold a four-point lead over Real Madrid.