Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to move to the top of La Liga on Friday as Mallorca held them to a goalless draw at the Iberostar Stadium.
Striker Aritz Aduriz missed a stoppage-time penalty for the visitors, while Mallorca substitute Abdon Prats also saw a spot-kick saved in the second half.
Athletic Bilbao remain in second place and are still unbeaten after four games, while Mallorca have now gone three matches without a goal in La Liga.
Mallorca 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
La Liga Standings (Played, Goal Difference, Points)
1. Atletico Madrid: 3, +3, 9
2. Athletic Bilbao: 4, +3, 8
3. Sevilla: 3, +3, 7
4. Levante: 3, +2, 6
5. Real Madrid: 3, +2, 5
6. Osasuna: 3, +1, 5
7. Alaves: 3, +1, 5
8. Barcelona: 3, +2, 4
9. Granada: 3, +2, 4
10. Valencia: 3, +1, 4
11. Celta Vigo: 3, -1, 4
12. Real Valladolid: 3, -1, 4
13. Real Sociedad: 3, -1, 4
14. Mallorca: 4, -2, 4
15. Real Betis: 3, -3, 3
16. Villarreal: 3, -1, 2
17. Getafe: 3, -1, 2
18. Eibar: 3, -2, 1
19. Espanyol: 3, -5, 1
20. Leganes: 3, -3, 0
Friday's match saw Athletic's veteran striker Aduriz receive a warm welcome on his return to his former club:
Yet the pleasantries were quickly forgotten once the match had started. Mallorca midfielder Dani Rodriguez managed to get his name in the book after only 43 seconds:
The hosts went close to an opener with just nine minutes on the clock. Lago Junior twisted past his defender down the left flank and sent in a cross for Rodriguez to head over the bar.
Athletic flickered into life towards the end of the opening 45 minutes but rarely threatened. Iker Muniain's shot from the edge of the box that flew wide of Manolo Reina's post was their best effort.
The best chance of the first half came with just minutes to go before the break. Salva Sevilla's cross was headed goalwards by Iddrisu Baba but pushed over the bar by Unai Simon.
Mallorca continued on the front foot after the break and had a glorious chance to break the deadlock on 56 minutes. A clever backheel from Aleix Febas left Junior with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he could only pull his shot across goal and wide of the post.
Athletic sent on Aduriz in search of attacking inspiration, while Mallorca introduced Real Madrid loanee Takefusa Kubo.
Yet it was the visitors who went on to produce their best moment of the match, as a stretching Raul Garcia was denied by Reina after a glorious ball in from Yeray Alvarez.
Mallorca continued to threaten and rattled the woodwork with 15 minutes remaining from a shot by Sevilla that beat Simon but hit the post.
The hosts were looking the better side and won a penalty on 79 minutes when Kubo was brought down by Yuri in the penalty area. Prats stepped up to take the kick but dragged his effort wide of the post.
Sports writer Andy West offered his view:
Real Madrid starlet Take Kubo comes on for his Mallorca debut; ten minutes later wins a penalty with twinkle toes dribbling into the box. Hot Take indeed🔥 (sadly Abdon Prats missed the penalty. Cold take)— Andy West (@andywest01) September 13, 2019
Athletic hit back in the closing stages and came within a whisker of nicking all three points. Benat Etxebarria saw a shot tipped over the bar, while Gaizka Larrazabal's effort hit the ground and flew up onto the crossbar.
There was still time for more drama in a wild finish at the Iberostar Stadium. Athletic won a penalty in stoppage time after Babba was penalised for handball following a VAR review.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan thought it was a debatable decision:
VAR / handball striking again as Athletic Bilbao get very debatable penalty in 92nd minute at 0-0 at Mallorca... Aduriz with ball in hand...— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 13, 2019
The decision gave Aduriz the perfect opportunity to be the hero and clinch all three points, but he put his effort too close to a diving Simon.
Mallorca then went straight up the other end and scored through Alex Alegria. However, his header was ruled out for offside as the game ended all square.