Malaga beats Bilbao 1-0 ahead of Porto CL match
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Malaga edged out Athletic Bilbao 1-0 thanks to Javier Saviola's first-half goal and Willy Caballero's sound goalkeeping on Saturday ahead of its Champions League last-16 match at Porto.
Saviola scooped Lucas Piazon's low cross into the net to score what proved to be the winner at La Rosaleda Stadium in the 18th minute.
Bilbao created more scoring chances the rest of the way, but Caballero made various stops, including back-to-back saves of close-range tries by Ibai Gomez and Aritz Aduriz in the 34th.
Malaga, which visits Portuguese champion Porto on Tuesday, pulled to within four points of third-place Real Madrid with its first victory in four Spanish league home games.
Earlier, Adrian Colunga scored one goal and set up another to lead Getafe to a 3-1 win at home over relegation-threatened Celta Vigo.
The Getafe striker collected a ball lost by Celta's Gustavo Cabral and shot into the far side of the net to give the hosts the lead 10 minutes in.
Augusto Fernandez's header 10 minutes later leveled for Celta, but Getafe forward Diego Castro scored from a rebound in the 34th before Federico Fernandez headed Colunga's corner into the net in the 42nd.
Mid-table Getafe remains unbeaten in seven straight games at Alfonso Perez Coliseum, while Celta recorded its 11th loss in 13 away matches.
Celta coach Paco Herrera, who is under increasing pressure to turn things around, deflected the criticism onto Iago Aspas by saying the young striker had been distracted by rumors linking him to a move to the English Premier League.
"For weeks now he isn't the same player,'' said Herrera. "He isn't with the team. He doesn't have his feet on the ground, his head is in the clouds. My job is to try and get him back.''
Aspas is Celta's leading scorer with eight goals this season, but he is on a six-game scoring drought.
Later, Barcelona visits Granada, and Real Zaragoza is at Osasuna.
On Friday, Sevilla beat last-place Deportivo La Coruna 3-1.
On Sunday, it's: Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano, Valladolid vs. Atletico Madrid, Espanyol vs. Real Betis, Valencia vs. Mallorca, and Real Sociedad vs. Levante.
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