ATHLETIC 2 – 2 ATLÉTICO
Athletic: Iraizoz; De Marcos, Bóveda, Laporte, Balenziaga; San José, Iturraspe (Mikel Rico, 89’); Lekue, Raúl García, Muniain (Susaeta, 83’); and Williams (Villalibre, 83’).
Atlético de Madrid: Moyá; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Saúl, Gabi (Fernando Torres, 57’), Carrasco (Gaitán, 65’); Gameiro (Correa, 65’) and Griezmann.
Referee: Iglesias Villanueva (Committee from Galicia). Booked the home players Williams (36’) and Iturraspe (62’); and the visiting Gabi (47’), Carrasco (64’) and Giménez (92’).
0-1. 3’. Koke crosses to Griezmann but the ball surprises Iraizoz without the Frenchman touching it.
1-1. 42’. Lekue receives at the top a pass from Williams and beats Moyá after hitting the crossbar.
2-1. 56’. De Marcos heads into the net after a cross from Raúl García from the right.
2-2. 80’. Griezmann receives a pass from Torres at the top and finishes close the right post of Iraizoz.
The match began strong at San Mamés, thanks to our team’s first goal on three minutes. Athletic was surprised but tried to recover as time went by. Raúl García made trouble for Moyá in the 18th and Carrasco almost scored the 0-2 but his shot was cleared at the half hour point. And, in 42’, the tie came with a play from Lekue.
After the break, De Marcos put Athletic ahead after Raúl García's cross. Simeone decided to put Torres, Gaitán and Correa into the game, almost at the same time, to turn the match around. And the truth is that Atlético’s presence was noted in the Basque area until Griezmann's brilliant goal tied the game. A result that did not change despite the attempts, especially ours, which surrounded Athletic’s goal until the end without succeeding in scoring the third goal.