Copa winners Bilbao brought down to earth by Villarreal

Athletic Bilbao's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde talks with Athletic Bilbao's Spanish forward #10 Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao's Spanish forward #07 Alex Berenguer during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Villarreal CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on April 14, 2024. 

Villarreal have rained on Athletic Bilbao's Copa del Rey trophy parade, scoring deep into stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw in the Spanish league.

Athletic won their first Copa in four decades last weekend with a win over Mallorca, and the club paraded the trophy for its fans ahead of Sunday's match at San Mames Stadium.

The party was going to plan until VAR spotted a handball inside the area five minutes into stoppage time, and Villarreal playmaker Dani Parejo converted from the spot to seal the draw.

"The hangover from all the celebrations was a concern. That's always dangerous," Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Oihan Sancet had put Athletic ahead in the 66th minute, some 20 minutes after Villarreal went a man down when Santiago Comesana was sent off.

The draw hurt Athletic's chances of fighting for Spain's final Champions League spot, leaving them four points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid with seven games remaining.

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Sixth-placed Real Sociedad conceded late in a 2-2 draw at home against bottom-of-the-ladder Almeria.

Adrian Embarba equalised for Almeria in the 88th minute, his second of the match, converting from the penalty spot after a red card for Sociedad midfielder Igor Zubeldia.

Sevilla moved nine points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Las Palmas, while second-to-last Granada won by the same score against Alaves.

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