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Bilbao holds off Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup

AP , Tuesday 18 Aug 2015
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Athletic Bilbao's players pose with the Spanish Super Cup trophy after defeating Barcelona at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Athletic Bilbao ended a 31-year trophy drought with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Monday, claiming the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 aggregate victory over the reigning European champions.

After Bilbao's stunning 4-0 win in Friday's first leg, Barcelona threatened a comeback when Lionel Messi put the hosts ahead a minute before halftime after Luis Suarez set him up. But their hopes of an improbable turnaround diminished when Gerard Pique earned a rash red card for screaming in the face of a line judge in the 56th.

That helped Bilbao withstand the onslaught before Aritz Aduriz netted the equalizer in the 74th, adding to the striker's hat trick on Friday.

Bilbao also finished with 10 men after Kike Sola was sent off in the 86th for a challenge on Javier Mascherano.

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