Athletic Bilbao fail to get back to winning ways against Levante

Athletic Bilbao fail to get back to winning ways as LaLiga strugglers hold European hopefuls to a goalless draw in Valencia

  • Athletic Bilbao failed to get back to winning ways in LaLiga on Friday night 
  • The Spaniards lost to Cadiz last time out and were in need of a bounce back 
  • However, Marcelino García Toral’s side were held to a goalless draw by Levante 

A great save by Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon helped Athletic Bilbao draw 0-0 at Levante on Friday and keep the hosts winless this season in the Spanish league.

Simon dove and used his left arm to parry a powerful strike by Jorge de Frutos, sending the ball past the post to deny Levante its best scoring chance in the 77th minute.

Bilbao was also stymied in attack. Its best chances came when defender Inigo Martinez headed wide shortly after kickoff and substitute Nico Williams drew a save from goalie Daniel Cardenas late.

Levante and Athletic Bilbao played out a goalless draw as LaLiga returned on Friday night

Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi sets his sights on goal as the strugglers looked to take the lead

Athletic Bilbao star Yeray Alvarez attempts the spectacular with the game at a deadlock

Inigo Lekue holds his head in his hands after seeing a chance spurned by the visiting side

Levante (4-3-3): Cardenas; Son (Miramon, 86), Mustafi (Duarte, 73), Vezo, Clerc; Campana, Malsa (Vukcevic, 60), Bardhi (Gomez, 73); de Frutos, Morales, Marti (Soldado, 86)

Subs not used: Cantero, Coke, Fernandez, Franquesa, Martinez, Pepelu, Radoja

Scorers: None

Booked: Marti, Vezo

Manager: Javier Pereira

Athletic Bilbao (4-4-2): Simon; Balenziaga, Martinez, Alvarez, Lekue; Muniain (N. Williams, 67), Vencedor, Garcia, Berenguer (Zarraga, 55); I. Williams (Villalibre, 66 (Serrano, 87)), Garcia (Sancet, 55)

Subs not used: Capa, de Marcos, Ezkieta, Morcillo, Nunez, Petxa, Vesga

Scorers: None

Booked: Alvarez

Manager: Marcelino García Toral

Most of the second half was played under heavy rain at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium.

Levante remained the only winless team in the league after 14 games played. Getafe can leave Levante at the bottom of the table if it beats Cadiz on Sunday.

Bilbao went a fourth game in a row without a victory, but the Basque Country side is comfortably in seventh place.

Jose Luis Morales attempts to bring the ball under his control for the relegation strugglers

Ruben Vezo battles with Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams for possession of the ball on Friday

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