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Mallorca halt Bilbao’s hot streak

Reuters, MADRID

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Markel Susaeta, center, vies with Mallorca’s Kevin Garcia, left, and Joao Victor during their match on Monday in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Photo: AFP

Athletic Bilbao squandered a chance to put pressure on fourth placed Villarreal when they lost 1-0 at Real Mallorca in La Liga on Monday.

The Basque club had won their last four games to climb to fifth and Villarreal’s defeat at Deportivo Coruna on Sunday had them dreaming of cutting the gap to four points and challenging for a place in next season’s Champions League.

Instead, Cameroon striker Pierre Webo netted the only goal at the Iberostar stadium when he tapped in Emilio Nsue’s center in the 11th minute.

Bilbao have 38 points from 23 matches, seven behind Villarreal and one ahead of Espanyo.

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