Europa League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Valencia

Valencia
Valencia lost for the first time in this season's Europa League

Gary Neville's Valencia suffered a narrow defeat by La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Torrential rain made conditions difficult at the Estadio de San Mames, but Raul Garcia headed in the only goal in the first half.

Athletic Bilbao had the better chances, with Aritz Aduriz close to adding a second with a shot that was just wide.

Rodrigo came closest for Valencia, but saw his effort blocked.

"Both teams played with fantastic spirit in difficult conditions," said Neville. "They were probably the worst conditions I have seen a game of football played in.

"It was very difficult for our forwards to get into the game, but we kept fighting."

Holders held in Switzerland

Steven Nzonzi
Former Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi, right, was sent off for Sevilla after receiving his second yellow card

Elsewhere, holders Sevilla played out a goalless draw with Basel in Switzerland.The Spanish side had midfielder Steven Nzonzi sent off late on.

Fellow Spanish side Villarreal took command of their tie with Bayer Leverkusen as Cedric Bakambu's brace gives them a 2-0 lead heading into the second leg in Germany next Thursday.

Shakhtar Donetsk are also in a strong position to reach the quarter-finals after beating Belgian side Anderlecht 3-1 in Lviv.

Taison and Olexandr Kucher scored twice in the first half for the Ukrainian side and although Frank Acheampong pulled one back for Anderlecht, Eduardo's late finish put Shakhtar in control.

Meanwhile, Marco Parolo gave Lazio a potentially crucial away goal as the Italian side drew 1-1 at Sparta Prague, while Mehmet Topal struck in the closing stages as Fenerbahce beat Portugal's Braga 1-0 in Istanbul.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 10De Marcos Arana
  • 16Etxeita Gorritxategi
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga Oruesagasti
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 8Iturraspe DerteanoSubstituted forRico Morenoat 83'minutes
  • 14SusaetaSubstituted forElustondo Urkolaat 73'minutes
  • 22Garcia Escudero
  • 19Muniain GoñiSubstituted forMerino Zuloagaat 54'minutes
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 1Iraizoz Moreno
  • 2Bóveda Altube
  • 3Elustondo Urkola
  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 17Rico Moreno
  • 27Merino Zuloaga
  • 30Lekue Martínez

Valencia

  • 25Ryan
  • 19Barragán
  • 5MustafiBooked at 71mins
  • 23Abdennour
  • 14Gayá Peña
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 63mins
  • 17RodrigoSubstituted forFeghouliat 86'minutes
  • 10ParejoSubstituted forAlcácerat 82'minutes
  • 12Barbosa da SilvaBooked at 66mins
  • 11PiattiSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 70'minutes
  • 7Negredo

Substitutes

  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 3Nunes Vezo
  • 8Feghouli
  • 9Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 22Mina Lorenzo
  • 24Domenech Sánchez
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
35,765

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Valencia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Valencia 0.

Offside, Athletic Club. Raúl García tries a through ball, but Aduriz is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Aduriz (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Balenziaga.

Foul by De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Javi Fuego (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Beñat (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aduriz.

Foul by Aduriz (Athletic Club).

Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Sofiane Feghouli replaces Rodrigo.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Balenziaga.

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a through ball.

Offside, Athletic Club. De Marcos tries a through ball, but Aduriz is caught offside.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by José Gayá.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel Rico replaces Iturraspe.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Paco Alcácer replaces Daniel Parejo.

Attempt saved. Sabin (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iturraspe with a headed pass.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Aymen Abdennour.

Offside, Athletic Club. Balenziaga tries a through ball, but Aduriz is caught offside.

Sabin (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antonio Barragán (Valencia).

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Rodrigo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Elustondo replaces Markel Susaeta.

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Álvaro Negredo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Beñat (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. André Gomes replaces Pablo Piatti.

Balenziaga (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danilo (Valencia).

Attempt saved. Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Markel Susaeta with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sabin (Athletic Club) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sabin with a cross.

Booking

Danilo (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raúl García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danilo (Valencia).

Booking

Javi Fuego (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th March 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Brugge6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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