Madrid: Hugo Duro’s second-half header gave Valencia a 1-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao to end the visitors’ 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions in the Mestalla Stadium on Saturday night.
Duro’s 61st-minute goal from a Jose Gaya cross decided a game of few chances, where Athletic lacked a bit of spark after a busy January. Valencia keeper Giorgi Mamardashvili did well to get down to save from Unai Gomez as Athletic looked for an equalizer in an even game with one decisive moment.
Brais Mendez scored an 11th-minute goal against his former club to give Real Sociedad a 1-0 win away to Celta Vigo.
Villarreal’s season continues without taking off after it was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Mallorca. IANS