Madrid: Athletic Bilbao remain on course for a place in Champions League qualifying after a Markel Susaeta strike secured a 1-0 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday that strengthened their grip on fourth.
Susaeta cracked home a superb first-time shot five minutes before half-time at the San Mames to put Bilbao nine points clear of fifth-placed Real Sociedad ahead of their Basque rivals’ match at Almeria on Monday.
Getafe, winless in 14 La Liga outings stretching back to mid-December, are just above the drop zone in 17th on 28 points.
Espanyol and Levante, who are in with a chance of a place in the Europa League, drew 0-0 at Espanyol’s Cornella El Prat stadium in Barcelona, while Granada pulled further away from danger with a 1-0 win at home to Elche.
Rayo Vallecano, who appeared doomed to relegation a few weeks ago, drew 1-1 at fellow strugglers Real Valladolid and have now taken 10 points from their last four games.