La Liga: Athletic ease pain of Europa League exit with victory over Malaga

first_img Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz put in a top class display for Athletic 1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.An Athletic Bilbao team unable to call upon top scorer Aritz Aduriz managed to secure a tight 1-0 win over Malaga at La Rosaleda Stadium.Aduriz, unavailable due to injury, missed the La Liga victory which eases the pain of the Basque club’s exit from the Europa League last week.The victory tightens Bilbao’s hold on the qualification places for next season’s edition of the tournament, and keeps them in with a shot of qualifying for the Champions League.Raul Garcia headed the only goal of the game after 53 minutes, but goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz took all the plaudits for the win, pulling off a number of fine saves to secure all three points.The hosts dominated the game, managing 17 shots to Athletic’s six, but Iraizoz saved a number of efforts from Juanpi and Chory Castro to keep the clean sheet.last_img read more