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Muniain helps Bilbao salvage La Liga draw

Iker Muniain set up one goal and helped force the equaliser that gave Athletic Bilbao a 2-2 home draw with Granada in the Spanish league.

The attacking midfielder passed for forward Raul Garcia to score the 10th-minute opener, but Darwin Machis made it 1-1 in the 25th with a shot that went in off the post.

Jorge Molina then swept in a poorly defended shot by Machis that hit two defenders before reaching the striker to send the visitors into half-time with the lead.

After almost equalising with a long shot that hit the crossbar, Garcia’s headed pass to Inaki Williams started a team move that ended in a 76th-minute own goal by Granada goalkeeper Luis Maximiano.

Williams’ shot was saved off the line by defender Luis Abram, only for Muniain to finish it off with a ball that ricocheted off the post and goalkeeper Maximiano before going in.

Bilbao remained winless in five rounds but stayed in eighth place.

They will be without defender Inigo Martinez next round against Real Madrid after he received a direct red card in the final moments of the match for fouling a Granada player with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Granada coach Robert Moreno watched the match from a box at San Mames Stadium while serving the first of a two-game suspension after he was sent off during a loss to Madrid in the last round for protesting.

His team moved into 14th place, three points from the relegation zone.

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