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Monday, December 22, 2003 

Albacete 1-1 Athletic Bilbau

Athletic and Albacete shared points in an even match, where the victory could have gone both ways, but endend in a fair draw.

During most of the first half, Albacete dominated the match, pushing Athletic back, thanks to the fast game of it's midfield, going in front with a fantastic strike by Aranda, giving Aranzubia no chance. By the end of the first half, Santiago Ezquerro found the back of Almunia's goal, after a cirurgical pass from Ismael Urzaiz. Athletic was starting to turn the match around.

On the second half, with a clear domain of the midfield by the basques, the game was very poorly played, with few opportunities created, giving a calm last 45 minutes for both keepers.

Despite the draw, Athletic saw the difference to the fourth place, occupied by Osasuna, being reduced to 4 points. Next venue will be a Basque derby, between Athletic and Osasuna in the San Mamés.

Albacete: Almunia, Oscar, Pablo, Buades, Peña; Iván Díaz, Viaud (Parri, 55'), Alvaro (David Sánchez, 73'), Delporte; Pacheco y Aranda (Mikel, 82').

Athletic: Aranzubía; César, Luis Prieto, Karanka, Larrazabal; Etxeberría (Arriaga, 86'), Gurpegui, Tiko, Yeste (Jonan García, 62'); Ezquerro (E. Bordas 92') y Urzaiz.

Gols: 1-0 Aranda(13'); 1-1 Ezquerro (40')


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