La Liga: Aduriz brace seals Bilbao win over Getafe
Last Updated: 18/04/15 11:38pm
Athletic Bilbao claimed a first Primera Division win in four games with a 4-0 hammering of 10-man Getafe on Saturday.
Aritz Aduriz scored either side of half-time, the first coming from the penalty spot after Emiliano Velazquez was sent off for the visitors.
Ibai and Markel Susaeta then completed the scoring as Athletic moved up to eighth while Getafe are eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Bilbao made the better start with Mikel San Jose and Aduriz both missing the target with headers before the latter spurned a golden opportunity as he fired wide from inside the box.
Aduriz was making a real nuisance of himself and midway through the half he fired wide again as the home side continued to press for an opener.
It was all Bilbao at this stage and Ibai tried his luck from distance but Vicente Guaita was equal to his effort.
Despite all their pressure, Bilbao could not break down Getafe but they were handed an opportunity a minute before the break when Velazquez was given his marching orders for a poor challenge in the penalty box.
Aduriz stepped up and fired home the penalty to hand Athletic a lead which their first-half domination had merited.
And the advantage was doubled just a minute into the second half, Andoni Iraola's through ball freed Aduriz and he made no mistake to slot home.
Bilbao were clearly enjoying an aerial advantage over the visitors and Borja Viguera should have made it three but he headed wide from Benat Etxebarria's cross.
Gorka Iraizoz had had a quiet night in the Bilbao goal but was called upon to make a smart save with 20 minutes remaining as Freddy Hinestroza met a cross six yards out.
That failed to spur the visitors, though, and with 11 minutes remaining it was 3-0 as Ibai gave Guaita little chance with a header.
And the fourth came eight minutes later with Susaeta tapping into an empty net after being set up by Ager Aketxe.