La Liga: Victor Sanchez brace takes Espanyol past Athletic Bilbao in thriller

A 3-2 victory took Espanyol to fifth in the league table on 11 points, while Bilbao slip to sixth on nine.

updated: September 24, 2013 10:54 IST
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Barcelona: Two goals by Victor Sanchez and one by Sergio Garcia gave Espanyol a thrilling 3-2 home win against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Monday.

Espanyol midfielder Sanchez intercepted Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz's clearance and, having spotted a gap, risked using his less-favored left foot to fire a beautifully precise long-range shot that bounced in from high up the near post in the 24th minute.

"I don't think I've ever scored a goal like that," Sanchez said. "We were lucky enough to be able to score first and finish the match with a win. We are a united team and that's the image that should be taken away from this match."

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