[QODLink]
Football

Bilbao edge struggling Mallorca

Athletic Bilbao recover from midweek Copa del Rey humiliation to win 1-0 at Mallorca in Spain's Primera Division.
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2012 23:32
Under pressure: Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros' position is under scrutiny after his team look set to exit from the Copa Del Rey [EPA]

Athletic Bilbao rebounded from their embarrassing elimination to a third-tier side in the Copa del Rey by winning 1-0 at Mallorca in Spain’s Primera Division on Saturday thanks to Aritz Aduriz's early goal.

Aduriz scored his team-high 10th league goal of the season in the 11th minute, perfectly targeting his header to send Andoni Iraola's long cross past goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

Mallorca, coached by former Bilbao manager Joaquin Caparros, reacted well but failed to beat inspired goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, who made five quality saves to deny forward Giovani Dos Santos and striker Tomer Hemed before half-time.

But after Victor Casadesus missed the open net from inside the area in the 53rd, Mallorca visibly wilted as their winless streaked reached 11 rounds.

In the late game, Malaga strengthened their hold on fourth place with a 2-0 win at Sevilla.

Under pressure

Caparros is one of several coaches in Spain under increasing pressure to turn things around. His team is flirting with relegation and are on the verge of exiting the Copa after being trounced 5-0 by Sevilla.

Bilbao were ousted from the Copa on Wednesday by fellow Basque club Eibar.

Earlier on Saturday, Getafe forward Diego Castro converted a penalty kick in injury time to rescue a 1-1 home draw with 10-man Osasuna.

Castro scored three minutes into injury time after Oier Sanjurjo was harshly ruled to have handled in the area. Television replays showed that the ball hit the Osasuna player's back when he slid to intercept a pass.

"I don't think even the (referee and line judge) were sure. They took a long time to rule it a penalty, and that makes you wonder,'' said Osasuna coach Mendilibar.

"It's normal that my players are so angry about such a huge mistake.''

Osasuna had gone in front in the 84th minute through striker Kike Sola's individual effort after the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 77th when Emiliano Armenteros was shown a red card for a rough tackle on Juan Valera.

Getafe remained unbeaten in five games and stayed in seventh place.

"This was our poorest performance of the five games we have played without a loss,'' said Getafe coach Luis Garcia.

Osasuna, meanwhile, continued to improve with only one loss in six rounds.

407

Source:
AP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.