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Sanchez helps Espanyol hold off Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona, Spain (Sports Network) - Victor Sanchez scored a goal in each half to extend Espanyol's unbeaten streak to five games on Monday with a 3-2 home win against Athletic Bilbao.

Sanchez found the net for the first time midway through the first half when he collected a loose ball from a corner kick and scored from outside the penalty area, while Oscar de Marcos knotted things up at 1-1 a few minutes before the break for Athletic.

Sergio Garcia's cross in the 49th minute was finished off by Sanchez for his second goal of the contest, with Garcia finding the net himself 25 minutes from time.

Ibai Gomez pulled one back for the visitors in stoppage time, but Espanyol saw out the final few minutes to climb into fifth place.

09/23 18:03:21 ET

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