Wednesday January 29, 2014 Quarter-final Finished

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  1. Liga - Atletico to meet Real in Copa semis after win over Athletic

    Liga - Atletico to meet Real in Copa semis after win over Athletic

    Atletico Madrid will meet Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Copa Del Rey after a 2-1 smash and grab win over Athletic Bilbao. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Athletic Club
    • Atlético Madrid
    • 93' FULL TIME: Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (1-3 on aggregate)
    • 92' The scoreline says 3-1 on aggregate but Athletic Bilbao came close to knocking Atletico Madrid out of the Copa here. They've played well over the two legs but in the end Simeone's side have put on a masterclass in soaking up pressure and hitting on the counter attack.
    • 91' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the second half.
    • 90' Atletico Madrid sub: Diego Costa OFF, Toby Alderweireld ON.
    • 89' The home side are coming forward as they have for much of this game. They want to keep their unbeaten record at the San Mames, even if they can't make it into the last four of the Copa Del Rey.
    • 88'
    • 87' This will be Athletic Bilbao's first defeat at the new San Mames. They've given it a good go but Atletico Madrid have been brilliant at soaking up pressure and hitting them on the counter attack.
    • 86' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (86 mins - Diego Costa). I spoke too soon! The striker breaks the offside trap and has about forty yards to run into before he rounds the keeper and finishes into the empty net.
    • 85' Costa isn't even playing as a striker anymore. He's part of the midfield six pressing Athletic when they have the ball. Atletico Madrid are five minutes away from the semi-finals of the Copa.
    • 84' It's difficult to see where Athletic are going to get two goals in the final few minutes of this game. Atletico Madrid are doing a great job of suffocating the contest and Valverde can't change much else.
    • 83'
    • 82' Atletico Madrid are sucking the life out of this game now. Whenever they get the ball they're keeping hold of it in their own half and whenever Athletic come forward they pack the defence and make it impossible for the opposition to break them down.
    • 81' It's a genuine downpour at the San Mames now. The rain is pouring down, although the pitch is holding up quite well. Makes for some challenging conditions though. It's not pulling up but the surface is very slippy.
    • 80' Atletico Madrid sub: Adrian Lopez OFF, Jose Sosa ON.
    • 79' YELLOW CARD: Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 78' Athletic Bilbao sub: Ander Herrera OFF, Benat Etxeberria ON
    • 77' A poor pass by Herrera releases the pressure on Atletico Madrid, with Costa winning a freekick off Iturraspe, which isn't a popular decision with the crowd inside the San Mames.
    • 76' Everything is a bit too methodical for the home side at the moment. They need to create some chaos! Yes, they're keeping the ball well but they need to get wide and get crosses into the box for the strikers to attack.
    • 75' The home side now have two out and out centre forwards who are good in the air on the pitch now. They need to get crosses into them if they are to stage a comeback. That's how they scored the first goal tonight.
    • 74'
    • 73' Athletic Bilbao sub: Markel Susaeta OFF, Kike Sola ON.
    • 72' Looks like Valverde is preparing to make a change. Will he be putting another striker on as time runs out?
    • 71' Herrera takes the ball on around the edge of the box and unleashes a shot towards the target but Courtois is once again equal to it, getting down well to make the block at his near post with his knees.
    • 70' In the battle of the midfielders Manchester United will probably never sign Herrera is coming out on top over Koke tonight. But then the Atletico Madrid player was the better of the two last week so we'll call it a draw.
    • 69' It must be hugely frustrating to come up against this Atletico Madrid defence. They're so well organised! They're never out of place. Miranda and Godin are nearly impossible to break down.
    • 68' How much do Athletic Bilbao have left in the tank? Remember they need two goals to progress into the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey but it looks like they might just be starting to run out of ideas.
    • 67' Susaeta lines up a freekick from the best part of 25 yards but he scuffs his effort and the ball drifts wide of the target. On second look maybe he was trying to squeeze the ball under the jumping wall.
    • 66' Athletic Bilbao sub: Mikel Rico OFF, Ibai Gomez ON.
    • 65'
    • 64' Credit to the home side here, they're coming forward in waves just like they were at the end of the first half. They're not giving this up and the San Mames crowd are urging them on. It's very loud!
    • 63' If only Rico had been alert to Herrera's stepover he would have had a clear shot at goal from a matter of yards.
    • 62' Another good save by Courtois! Iraola plays a good cross into the box, with Herrera stepping over the bar at the near post, which fools Rico who can't react quick enough behind him. The ball rebounds to Herrera, whose shot from a tight angle is saved.
    • 61' The response from Athletic to losing the golal has been impressive. This is their best spell of possession in the second half. They're not about to give this up but they're up against it now.
    • 60'
    • 59' Big chance for Athletic! Susaeta takes control of a cross at the back post before firing at goal. His shot is blocked by Insua but the ball falls to the unmarked Muniain at the back post but Miranda gets out to dive in front of the shot!
    • 58' Athletic come forward down the right side, with Iraola chipping a driven cross into the box where Muniain is waiting but his guided header is blocked by Godin, who charged him down.
    • 57' So what will the response from the home side be to that? They now need two more goals to progress into the semi-finals. That away goal is of huge importance to the complexion of this tie.
    • 56' Before the goal Garcia saw another similar shot, a volley at the back post from Godin's headed cut back, saved by the feet of Herrerin. At the second attempt he managed to find the corner.
    • 55' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (55 mins - Raul Garcia). The midfielder volleys in at the back post from Rodriguez's cut back from the byline, guiding it into the bottom corner of the net.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 53' Raul Garcia catches Munian with a stray arm to the face. The Atletico Madrid midfielder needs to be careful. He's already on a yellow card, although that did look to be accidental.
    • 52' We have a cracking cup ties on our hands here. This could be one to remember. On the other hand Atletico might score and shut up shop. That wouldn't be one to remember.
    • 51' Indeed Atletico Madrid led by Costa are looking very menacing in this second half. I'd suggest they've had a rocket up the backside from Simeone at the break. They look revived and dangerous.
    • 50'
    • 49' Big save by Herrerin! The cross comes into the Athletic box from the right wing, with Costa lurking at the back post. He heads down towards the near post but Herrerin claws the ball off his line.
    • 48' Costa beats three Athletic players at the byline to somehow drive into the penalty area but his cut back to the penalty spot is blocked, falling to Adrian whose shot is also blocked by a desperate Athletic backline.
    • 47'
    • 46' No side has retained the Copa Del Rey since 1998 (Barcelona) and that's what Atletico Madrid are trying to do. They're up against it at the moment but Simeone's side can step up their game at any point.
    • 45' The second half is under way at the San Mames!
    • - What did you make of the first half? What do Atletico Madrid need to do to turn things round in the second half? Will Athletic rue those missed chances? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • - What a fantastic half of football! Athletic have been so impressive and have come forward in waves. It's been relentless! But in truth they should have scored more than one. Atletico Madrid have Courtois to thank for still being in this tie. Simeone needs a rethink at the break.
    • 47' HALF TIME: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid 0 (1-1 on aggregate)
    • 46' Another huge save by Courtois! Muniain plays the ball square to Rico 12 yards out who side-foots the ball towards the corner of the opposition net, but the Atletico keeper dives to his left to save and hold onto the shot! Huge!
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' This has been a hugely impressive half by Athletic but they might look back at those couple of chances and rue now finding the net. Great saves by Courtois though!
    • 43' Huge double save! First Courtois saves from Iraola, who smashes a low shot from the edge of the box towards goal. Then he gets up quickly to save Aduriz's powerful header. Wow! That could have kept Atletico in the cup.
    • 42' The San Mames has just erupted! The home fans are going crazy with that opening goal arriving just before the break! It's been wave after wave of home pressure and it finally paid off!
    • 41' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao (41 mins - Aritz Aduriz) Atletico Madrid 0. The big striker gets his head onto Balenziaga's cross from the left wing and nods into the corner past the flailing Courtois! They deserve that!
    • 40' Koke needs to get himself with the game. He's been very quiet in the first half and has had very little impact on the pace of the game, which is something he usually dictates from that central position.
    • 39' After the scare at the other end Athletic are now cranking up the tempo and the pressure as the first half comes to a close. They have Simeone's side pegged inside their own half! They can't get out.
    • 38'
    • 37' Inches wide! Raul Garcia gets his head on Koke's outswinging corner kick delivery but his effort flashes past the far post. I think every home fan inside the San Mames had their breath held there.
    • 36' This is relentless from the home side. They just keep coming forward! How will Atletico Madrid change this at the break? Because they need to.
    • 35' So close! Rico does very well on the edge of the box to shrug off the challenges of three Atletico Madrid players but he flashes his shot from 18 yards inches wide of the far post.
    • 34' A cross comes into the Atletico box from Iraola in the right back position but Courtois comes off his line and flattens about five players, including two of his own. Godin is looking slightly dazed after that.
    • 33' Muniain has Athletic Bilbao's first genuine sight of goal of the match, but his low shot from the edge of the box is saved and caught at the first attempt by Courtois, who is huge when trying to guide a shot past him.
    • 32' YELLOW CARD: Koke (Atletico Madrid)
    • 31' Costa is starting to get frustrated. As has been the case over the past few games he's seen very little of the ball so far and is having to feed off scraps as his team struggles to keep hold of the ball.
    • 30' Valverde is playing a very fluid 4-3-3, which is what you would expect from Athletic Bilbao. Muniain is playing through the centre now but continues to drift out to the wings at times. Must be difficult to mark.
    • 29'
    • 28' Susaeta goes down under the over exuberant challenge by Insua but the referee waves away the home team's claims for a penalty kick. Looking at replays it was more of a slip than anything.
    • 27' Herrera tries a clever little flicked pass into the penalty area but he has only Muniain in there and the ball dribbles through to Courtois, who is relieved to pick it up unchallenged.
    • 26' Valverde will be pleased with how his team are controlling the pace and direction of the game at the moment but he will also be concerned by how they've failed to create any real opportunity in front of goal.
    • 24' Atletico Madrid are getting deeper and deeper. But that doesn't make them any easier to beat. They have one of the best defensive records in Europe so far this season.
    • 23' Here come Athletic again, this time with Herrera surging forward from the back. Valverde's side should still be careful though. Atletico Madrid are lethal on the counter attack. They can't get caught out.
    • 22'
    • 21' Having said that the home side are camped on the edge of the box and are looking for a way through. Muniain has a shot but it's blocked by Miranda, who together with Godin look unbreachable.
    • 20' It's all gone a bit cagey in the last few minutes. Both teams are feeling their way into the contest, waiting for either side to make the first move.
    • 19' Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten at the new San Mames this season, winning 10 and drawing two of their 12 games here. However if they draw tonight it will feel like their first defeat at their new home.
    • 18' Simeone is on the touchline waving and gesturing towards his players. What he's telling them is anyone's guess.
    • 17' Balenziaga gets his cross into the box from high up on the left wing, but after climbing higher than Godin Aduriz can't get over the ball enough and loops his header into the arms of Courtois.
    • 16' Athletic Bilbao are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment but as always Atletico are proving stubborn when it comes to breaking them down on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 15'
    • 14' Indeed the sight of Luis being stretchered off, to be replaced by Insua, is not a pleasant one for Atletico Madrid eyes. He's a crucial player for Simeone and this looks like quite a serious injury he's picked up.
    • 13' Atletico Madrid sub: Filipe Luis OFF, Emiliano Insua ON.
    • 11' Filipe Luis is down on the ground after hyper-extending his right leg as he went into a challenge with Iturraspe. This could be a big blow for the away team. Doesn't look so good for Luis.
    • 10' Costa looked to have scored at the weekend against Rayo Vallecano, ending a goal drought, but in the end it was given as an away goal. That means the Brazilian born striker is still lookin for his first goal in 2014.
    • 9' Good to say Muniain back in the Athletic team. Valverde's side missed the little winger in the first leg and he seems to have been given a free role across the front three tonight. He's switching from left to right, and back again.
    • 8' Adrian Lopez has been handed the start by Simone, with David Villa left on the bench. Will that tactic pay off for Atletico Madrid or will they have to call on the former Barcelona attacker later in the game?
    • 7' YELLOW CARD: Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid)
    • 6'
    • 5' This has been a very frenetic start to the game although the away team have started slightly better. Athletic are struggling to make the ball stick in the opposition half. They need to calm the pace of the game down.
    • 4' YELLOW CARD: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 3' Huge chance for Costa! The Brazilian born striker beats the offside trap to go through one-on-one with the goalkeeper but Herrerin makes himself big and pulls off the save. That could have killed the game!
    • 2' Atletico Madrid lead 1-0 from last week's first leg, meaning Athletic Bilbao need to score at least once to progress into the last four of the Copa Del Rey tonight.
    • 1' We'e under way here at the San Mames!
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Athletic Bilbao - Herrerin, Iraola, San Jose, Laporte, Balenziaga, Iturraspe, Mikel Rico, Susaeta, Herrera, Munian, Aduriz. /// Atletico Madrid - Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Koke, Cebolla, Raul Garcia, Adrian, Costa.
    • 18:50 I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts ahead of the game. Can Athletic maintain their unbeaten home record and progress into the semi-finals? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the San Mames. Kick-off: 19:00.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (86 mins - Diego Costa). I spoke too soon! The striker breaks the offside trap and has about forty yards to run into before he rounds the keeper and finishes into the empty net.
    • 79' YELLOW CARD: Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 71' Herrera takes the ball on around the edge of the box and unleashes a shot towards the target but Courtois is once again equal to it, getting down well to make the block at his near post with his knees.
    • 62' Another good save by Courtois! Iraola plays a good cross into the box, with Herrera stepping over the bar at the near post, which fools Rico who can't react quick enough behind him. The ball rebounds to Herrera, whose shot from a tight angle is saved.
    • 59' Big chance for Athletic! Susaeta takes control of a cross at the back post before firing at goal. His shot is blocked by Insua but the ball falls to the unmarked Muniain at the back post but Miranda gets out to dive in front of the shot!
    • 55' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (55 mins - Raul Garcia). The midfielder volleys in at the back post from Rodriguez's cut back from the byline, guiding it into the bottom corner of the net.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 49' Big save by Herrerin! The cross comes into the Athletic box from the right wing, with Costa lurking at the back post. He heads down towards the near post but Herrerin claws the ball off his line.
    • 46' Another huge save by Courtois! Muniain plays the ball square to Rico 12 yards out who side-foots the ball towards the corner of the opposition net, but the Atletico keeper dives to his left to save and hold onto the shot! Huge!
    • 43' Huge double save! First Courtois saves from Iraola, who smashes a low shot from the edge of the box towards goal. Then he gets up quickly to save Aduriz's powerful header. Wow! That could have kept Atletico in the cup.
    • 41' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao (41 mins - Aritz Aduriz) Atletico Madrid 0. The big striker gets his head onto Balenziaga's cross from the left wing and nods into the corner past the flailing Courtois! They deserve that!
    • 37' Inches wide! Raul Garcia gets his head on Koke's outswinging corner kick delivery but his effort flashes past the far post. I think every home fan inside the San Mames had their breath held there.
    • 35' So close! Rico does very well on the edge of the box to shrug off the challenges of three Atletico Madrid players but he flashes his shot from 18 yards inches wide of the far post.
    • 33' Muniain has Athletic Bilbao's first genuine sight of goal of the match, but his low shot from the edge of the box is saved and caught at the first attempt by Courtois, who is huge when trying to guide a shot past him.
    • 32' YELLOW CARD: Koke (Atletico Madrid)
    • 7' YELLOW CARD: Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid)
    • 4' YELLOW CARD: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 3' Huge chance for Costa! The Brazilian born striker beats the offside trap to go through one-on-one with the goalkeeper but Herrerin makes himself big and pulls off the save. That could have killed the game!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Athletic Club

    Manager: Ernesto Valverde

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Diego Simeone

  • Line-up

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      Yellow Card 4.7 -
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out66′ 1 -
      Substitution Out73′ 3.5 -
      Substitution Out78′ 3.3 -
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  1. who the f!*Ck is dermot corrigan???????

    From Juan P, on Wed 29 Jan 20:10
  2. This commentator's comments reek of shallow­ mindedness.... Give credit to Athletic Bilbao.....­ with the likes of A Herrera, Susaeta, itarru..... that­ is a potent midfield. Then add Munain... their only­ short coming is in attack. They should have kept the­ Lion King(Llorente) and i tell you they probably would­ be the 4th team this year.

    From iwannacracker, on Wed 29 Jan 19:48
  3. will be a very good game

    From HG, on Wed 29 Jan 17:46
  4. m

    From HG, on Wed 29 Jan 8:57
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