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Bilbao comeback vs. Valladolid

Athletic Bilbao struck twice after half-time to claim their first win of the Primera Liga season at home to Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Fernando Llorente, Athletic's top scorer last year, got his first goal of the new campaign after 50 minutes to get the ball rolling before Spain defender Andoni Iraola confirmed victory with his penalty kick 11 minutes from time.

Former Athletic player and coach Jose Luis Mendilibar made a return to the Estadio San Mames as coach of Valladolid and would have fancied his side's chances of claiming victory after the hosts had only managed a single point from their opening two matches - a goalless draw last time out against Malaga.

By contrast Valladolid were full of confidence having beaten in-form Atletico Madrid 2-1 last weekend to secure their first three points of the campaign.

Mendilibar made just two changes from that side with Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche replacing the injured Henok Goitom up front while Victoriano Nano got the nod over Javier Baraja.

The home side also showed two changes with Carlos Gurpegi and Ion Velez drafted in for Fran Yeste and Ander Iturraspe.

Goalmouth action was few and far between in the opening half with the best chance spurned by Llorente after 26 minutes.

The 23-year-old forward was picked out by a corner from Markel Susaeta but he flashed his header wide of the mark from six yards.

It was the only moment to illuminate an otherwise forgettable first period as the Basque side looked in danger of going without a goal for the second week in succession.

However, any fears were quickly eroded in the second half as Llorente found the net five minutes after the re-start.

Llorente was on target 11 times last season and his first of the new campaign came as he headed a David Lopez cross into the bottom right corner to put his side ahead for the first time this season.

The home fans had seen their side defeat Valladolid 2-0 in this fixture last season and it was to be a repeat of that result again this time around as Iraola made sure of the win 11 minutes from time.

Valladolid substitute Baraja was penalized for handball in the penalty area and from the ensuing spot-kick Iraola made no mistake, placing his shot into the top-right corner of the goal.