Atleti draw in Bilbao as LaLiga resumes

Our team drew 1-1 against Athletic Club on Sunday. Costa cancelled out Munian’s opener.

Miguel Warren-Piper

Atleti returned to LaLiga action on Sunday following the COVID-19 health crisis with a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club. Munian and Diego Costa provided the goals at San Mamés.

Both sides tested each other in the opening minutes of the game, but our team enjoyed the first big chance. Llorente played an excellent through ball towards Carrasco, and the Belgian was just inches away from scoring. As the first half progressed, Athletic Club began to feel increasingly confident on the ball. Oblak was forced to make a sensational save some 30 minutes in, but the hosts took the lead shortly thereafter. A cross from the left was found by Muniain and the Spaniard curled the ball away from Oblak. But our team reacted in style, and Diego Costa equalised right away as Koke provided the assist.

The second half saw both managers make many substitutions. Simeone made a triple change just after the hour mark, when Trippier, Carrasco and Costa made way for Arias, Lemar and Morata. Five minutes later, Correa came on for Llorente, who had played up front alongside Diego Costa. With just over 10 minutes to go, Koke made way for Herrera, and we shortly thereafter had a massive chance to score. An excellent team play saw Lodi cross the ball and a close-range strike from Arias was saved on the line by the keeper. Atleti kept pushing until the end, but the game ultimately ended 1-1.