Athletic Bilbao thrash Almeria 6-1

Athletic Bilbao thrashed Almeria as they shook off their sluggish start to 2014.

Athletic Bilbao thrashed Almeria as they shook off their sluggish start to 2014.

Athletic Bilbao tightened their grip on fourth place in the Primera Division with a resounding 6-1 victory at home to Almeria.

Midfielder Mikel Rico opened the scoring with just six minutes played and Ander Herrera doubled the lead just four minutes later.

Aymeric Laporte made it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark, but Helder Barbosa gave Francisco Javier Rodriguez's side faint hope by scoring before half-time.

However, further goals from Aritz Aduriz put the hosts further ahead and a double from substitute Ibai Gomez completed the rout.

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