MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
Athletic leaves Liga relegation zone after beating Celta
MADRID (AP) — Inaki Williams set up a goal in the first half and scored in the second to help Athletic Bilbao escape the Spanish league's relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Monday.
The away victory moved Athletic to 17th place, two points above the relegation zone after 18 matches. The Basque Country club had been among the bottom three since the 13th round.
Athletic Bilbao winless streak in Liga ends on late penalty
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to end Athletic Bilbao's 13-game winless streak in the Spanish league on Monday.
Aduriz calmly converted his shot from the spot to give the hosts their first league win — 1-0 over Girona — since the first round in August.
Athletic seemed headed to another draw until Jonas Ramalho fouled Iker Muniain inside the area.
Sociedad beats Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Basque Country derby
MADRID (AP) — Mikel Oyarzabal converted penalty kicks in both halves as Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Basque Country derby in the Spanish league on Friday.
It was the second straight win for Sociedad against its rival, and the first at Athletic's San Mames Stadium since the 2015-16 season.
Sociedad, playing without several regular starters, hadn't won its last two league matches and was coming off a 1-0 home loss to Valencia, which had yet to win this season.
Madrid drops first points in La Liga in 1-1 draw at Bilbao
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid dropped its first points in the Spanish league after being held at Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Saturday.
Madrid needed Francisco "Isco" Alarcon to come off the bench and score three minutes later in the 64th to salvage a point from the visit to the Basque Country club. Isco slipped into the area unmarked and headed Gareth Bale's cross down off the turf and into the corner of the net.
Athletic concedes late in 2-2 draw against surprising Huesca
MADRID (AP) — A week after scoring in stoppage-time to secure its opening victory in the Spanish league, Athletic Bilbao conceded late Monday to squander a chance for its second straight win.
Athletic took a two-goal lead into the final half-hour at San Mames Stadium but conceded in the 71st and 87th minutes against promoted club Huesca to miss the opportunity to join Barcelona and Real Madrid as the only teams with a perfect start after two rounds in La Liga.
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal followed its surprise loss to last-place Malaga by falling at home to Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Monday, dropping to sixth place in the Spanish league.
The new setback leaves Villarreal in danger of missing out on a Europa League spot next season, as only the teams in fifth, sixth, and seventh places qualify.
It was the first win in four matches in all competitions for Athletic, which stayed 12th in the league.
Athletic Bilbao routs Las Palmas 5-1 in Spanish league
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao routed Las Palmas 5-1 in the Spanish league on Friday to move into sixth place and control of a Europa League berth.
Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz scored twice each.
"We were ambitious. That's one of the marks of identity of this team," Muniain said.