Honours even in Bilbao-Levante Cup semi

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Athletic Bilbao and Levante have played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.

An unmarked Gonzalo Melero collected Jorge de Frutos's cross and fired the visitors ahead after 26 minutes, taking advantage of some poor marking from the Bilbao backline.

The goal forced a reaction from the hosts, who had been lacklustre in the opening stages but finished the half strongly.

After the break the Basque side laid siege to the Levante goal, with goalkeeper Dani Cardenas making good saves from Alex Berenguer and Inaki Williams.

The pressure eventually told and Inigo Martinez nodded in a deserved equaliser on 58 minutes to ensure the tie is finely poised ahead of next month's second leg.

The victors will meet the winners of Barcelona and Sevilla, with the Andalusian side holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.