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Athletic Bilbao beat Eibar 1-0 in stoppage time

IANS logoIANS 25-04-2017

Neither team lacked for intensity in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Eibar's Ipurua stadium here on Monday, reports Efe.

The home fans cheered every time their side won a corner, buoyed by the club's surprising success this season, when instead of fighting to avoid relegation, Eibar have been contending for a spot in next season's Europa League.

The hosts got off to fast start, but the effort took a toll as the minutes passed, and Athletic started to threaten on the counter-attack.

Eibar came back from the half-time break refreshed and Athletic goalkeeper Kepa had to be sharp to stop Sergi Enrich from close range.

Just 10 minutes after the re-start, Eibar found themselves down to 10 men after Gonzalo Escalante was ejected on a straight red card after a dangerous hit on Iker Muniain.

With the home side shorthanded, Athletic decided to go for the win.

Raul Garcia hit the post with a shot, minutes before Eibar keeper Yoel Rodriguez stymied Muniain from point-blank range.

In stoppage time, Athletic won a penalty and while Yoel turned aside Beat's strike from the spot, Garcia hammered in the rebound to give his side the 1-0 triumph.

Athletic, with 56 points from 33 matches, climbed into sixth place. With 50 points, Eibar remain stuck in eighth.

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