Bilbao scores late to draw at Villarreal

Aritz Aduriz (left) missed a penalty but tallied a late equalizer for Bilbao.

AFP

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) Aritz Aduriz made up for a penalty miss with a late equalizer to give Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Monday.

Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo correctly dove to his left to save Aduritz’s penalty before halftime and the hosts went ahead right after the break when midfielder Oliver Torres dispossessed Mikel Balenziaga to set up Tomas Pina for an easy goal.

But Gabriel Armando’s second yellow card saw Villarreal reduced to 10 men for the last 25 minutes and Aduritz took advantage of the space to head home an equalizer in the 83rd.

Fourth-place Bilbao holds the last Champions League qualifying place – seven points ahead of Villarreal.