Thursday April 5, 2012 Quarter-final Finished San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao 2 - 2 Schalke 04

  • Gómez 41’
  • Susaeta 55’
  • Huntelaar 29’
  • Raúl 52’

  1. Bilbao knock out Schalke

    Bilbao knock out Schalke

    Athletic Bilbao reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time in 35 years after a 2-2 draw with Schalke at San Mames. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • Schalke 04
    • 90' FULL TIME. Bilbao reach the Europa League semi-finals for the first time in 35 years. 2-2 on the night, 6-4 on aggregate.
    • 88' Raul picks out Huntelaar with a superb through ball down the middle - but Iraizoz is quick off his line to deny the Dutchman.
    • 85' The San Mames is bouncing now. The fans are pushing their side towards the finish line.
    • 82' Escudero over hits his cross and another chance goes begging for Schalke. You get the feeling the German side are finally losing hope.
    • 79' Papadopoulos goes in late on Muniain and sees yellow - but is lucky not to see red. Late and studs up. Not nice.
    • 77' Farfan whips a dangerous ball in from the right from the resulting free-kick, but Huntelaar can't keep his header down - and that goes down as a missed opportunity.
    • 75' Schalke win a free kick just to the right of the penalty box. Things getting scrappy, but Schalke are not giving up.
    • 74' Toquero is shown yellow for a late tackle.
    • 73' Yes, the sub has been subbed.
    • 72' Bilbao sub: San Jose on, Gomez off.
    • 70' Javi Martinez dinks a little ball through to Toquero, but Unnerstall is quick off his line to gather.
    • 68' Farfan has done well since his introduction, but Schalke still need two goals just to force extra time.
    • 67' Farfan cuts in from the right and drills a fizzing low effort at Iraizoz, who spills the shot before Bilbao can clear.
    • 66' Holtby can certainly hit a ball - but his shot from 25 yards was always rising and doesn't trouble Iraizoz.
    • 65' Toquero takes a tumble in the box, but the Italian referee is not interested.
    • 63' Toquero goes for goal with a casual curling shot from 20 yards - but it sails a couple of yards wide.
    • 61' Schalke: Farfan on, Jurado off.
    • 60' Papadopoulos makes another last ditch challenge, this time blocking the shot from De Marcos, who had made a darting run into the box.
    • 58' Bilbao sub: Toquero on, Llorente off.
    • 57' The advantage is back with Bilbao, but Susaeta has stayed down after scoring.
    • 56' GOAL! Susaeta makes it 2-2! He collects Muniain's through ball and squeezes a low shot inside the near post.
    • 55' Javi Martinez goes into the book, and will miss the semi-final first-leg should Bilbao get there.
    • 54' That's 77 goals in European competition for Raul. What a player.
    • 53' GOAL! Raul scores an absolute cracker. Obasi holds the ball up for Raul, who lashes it into the top corner from 20 yards. Beauty.
    • 51' Papadopoulos goes down like he is hit by a train, but wins the free-kick as he intended.
    • 50' Muniain cuts his cross back to Llorente, but Schalke scramble the ball to safety.
    • 48' Obasi cuts in from the right and fires a stinging shot with his left foot from 20 yards that Iraizoz tips over. Good effort.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Schalke get the second 45 minutes underway.
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    • - Bilbao are on course to face Sporting Lisbon in the semi-final, with the Portuguese side currently leading Metalist Kharkiv 1-0.
    • 45' HALF TIME. It's 1-1 at the break, and surely the writing is on the wall for Schalke.
    • 45' Bilbao break through Llorente, who finds Gomez to his left and Gomez goes for goal with an identical effort - but this time it flashes past the far post.
    • 44' Bilbao had been pushing for that equaliser and deserve to be level. But it puts Schalke back to square one and makes their task even harder.
    • 42' GOAL! Gomez scores an absolute belter for Bilbao! The substitute colletcs the ball on the left, cuts inside and curls a wonderful shot inside the far post from 25 yards. Beautiful goal.
    • 41' Bilbao putting Schalke under pressure as Iraola whips in a cross from the right that finds Llorente, but his stooping header is straight at Unnerstall.
    • 40' The ball is worked up to Muniain on the edge of the box, but his bending right-footed effort doesn't curl inside the post in time to trouble Lars Unnerstall.
    • 38' Susaeta collects a long ball over the top, but his low cross finds no one in the box and the attack breaks down. Bilbao have been a long way from their clinical best, it must be said.
    • 36' Huntelaar is brimming with confidence and fires a thumping effort at goal from the free-kic - but it's a foot over the top.
    • 34' Huntelaar continues to make a nuisance of himself, and is fouled 30 yards from the Bilbao goal.
    • 32' Bilbao struggling a little bit now. Their passing looks desperate and their defending looks shaky. They need to re-group.
    • 30' Wonderful effort by the Dutchman, who now has 10 goals in 10 Europa League games this season.
    • 29' GOAL! Huntelaar makes it 1-0 to Schalke! Jones wins the ball in midfield and plays it up to the Dutchman, who puts the ball onto his right foot and drills a superb low shot beyond Iraizoz from 20 yards.
    • 28' Obasi concedes a foul and rightly goes into the book.
    • 27' Schalke win a corner at the other end, but Huntelaar heads over Jurado's ball in from the left.
    • 26' The corner isn't cleared and Aurtenetxe turns and shoots - but the ball appears to strike the arm of Matip. No penalty and Llorente fires the loose ball into the side-netting.
    • 24' The resulting free-kick is fired towards Llorente, but Jones clears for a corner.
    • 23' Jurado makes a cynical challenge on Muniain but gets away without a caution.
    • 21' We are almost halfway through the first half and Bilbao look comfortable.
    • 19' Schalke attack down that right side again through Hoogland, but Muniain shows fantastic desire to get back and win the ball and halt the attack.
    • 17' But Schalke get forward through Holtby, who cuts in from the right and fires a powerful low left-footed effort straight at Iraizoz.
    • 15' The game has gone a little flat after a bright start. Bilbao won't be displeased about that though.
    • 13' Bilbao have weathered the Schalke storm and pin them back with a sustained spell of pressure which ends with Susaeta's blocked shot from the edge of the box after Llorente had laid it off.
    • 11' Schalke have won four corners already but Bilbao have dealt with each one easily.
    • 10' And the second big chance comes moments later at the other end as Huntelaar lashes a volley at goal, with Iraizoz forced to tip over.
    • 9' Muniain finds the hands of Unnerstall with a header after his run was picked out by De Marcos's beautiful lofted pass over the defence. First big chance.
    • 8' Bilbao clear their lines but Schalke coming at them again. Really good start by Schalke.
    • 7' Much of the early possession has been in Bilbao's half as Schalke win another corner. But that was the story in Germany last week and we all remember what happened then.
    • 6' Bilbao clear the corner but a warning sign to the home side.
    • 5' Ekiza is forced into conceding a throw and the ball is quickly worked into the Bilbao box and Huntelaar almost nicks in front of the Bilbao goalkeeper - but Bilbao clear for a corner.
    • 4' Susaeta collects Muniain's through ball and takes the ball around Unnerstall - but the assistant referee's flag is up.
    • 3' Positive start by Bilbao though.
    • 2' The ball is played down the right wing towards Susaeta, but the Spaniard can't keep the ball in play.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli gets us underway.
    • 20.00 The players have emerged from the tunnel at a packed San Mames. We are just a couple of minutes from kick-off here.
    • 19.55 Schalke striker Raul has predicted "a thriller" at the San Mames tonight, but which way do you think it will go? Let me know on Twitter... And why not follow me too by clicking this link!
    • 19.45 The home side make one change from the side that ambushed Schalke last Thursday, with Borja Ekiza coming in for Ander Iturraspe. Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand remains injured so Unnerstall comes in. That's one of seven changes made to a Schalke side that also sees Tim Hoogland, Sergio Escudero, Lewis Holtby, Obasi Ogbuke and Jose Manuel Jurado come in.
    • 19.35 Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Ander Herrera, Javi Martinez, De Marcos, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain. SUBS: Raul, Toquero, San Jose, Gabilondo, Inigo Perez, Ibai, Ruiz de Galarreta /// Schalke: Unnerstall, Hoogland, Papadopoulos, Matip, Escudero, Holtby, Jones, Obasi Ogbuke, Raul, Jurado, Huntelaar. Subs: Schober, Marica, Hoger, Farfan, Metzelder, Uchida, Moritz.
    • 19.25 Marcelo Bielsa: "If we dominate, we will be in better conditions to impose ourselves and if we concede a goal, in worse conditions. I always approach my matches with the same idea, which is to score and try to win."
    • 19.20 In Fernando Llorente, Athletic Bilbao boast the the third highest active goalscorer in the Europa League with six strikes. Two of those goals came in the first leg - but coach Marcelo Bielsa is demanding more goals.
    • 19.15 Schalke coach Huub Stevens: “It isn't going to be easy in the position we find ourselves in (4-2 down) but the players believe in a miracle and I know lots of incredible things have already happened in football. We have to take risks but we can't afford to let them catch us at the back.”
    • 19.10 If the second leg is anything like the first, we're set for a thriller. But having conceded four goals at home in last week's first leg, Schalke have made life very difficult for themselves. Quite simply, the German side have to score three times to give themselves a chance.
    • 19.05 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Europa League quarter-final second leg between Athletic Bilbao and Schalke from San Mames.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Athletic Bilbao v Schalke. The match begins at 20:05 UK time.
  • Summary

    • 56' GOAL! Susaeta makes it 2-2! He collects Muniain's through ball and squeezes a low shot inside the near post.
    • 53' GOAL! Raul scores an absolute cracker. Obasi holds the ball up for Raul, who lashes it into the top corner from 20 yards. Beauty.
    • 42' GOAL! Gomez scores an absolute belter for Bilbao! The substitute colletcs the ball on the left, cuts inside and curls a wonderful shot inside the far post from 25 yards. Beautiful goal.
    • 29' GOAL! Huntelaar makes it 1-0 to Schalke! Jones wins the ball in midfield and plays it up to the Dutchman, who puts the ball onto his right foot and drills a superb low shot beyond Iraizoz from 20 yards.
    • 10' And the second big chance comes moments later at the other end as Huntelaar lashes a volley at goal, with Iraizoz forced to tip over.
    • 9' Muniain finds the hands of Unnerstall with a header after his run was picked out by De Marcos's beautiful lofted pass over the defence. First big chance.
    • 19.35 Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Ander Herrera, Javi Martinez, De Marcos, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain. SUBS: Raul, Toquero, San Jose, Gabilondo, Inigo Perez, Ibai, Ruiz de Galarreta /// Schalke: Unnerstall, Hoogland, Papadopoulos, Matip, Escudero, Holtby, Jones, Obasi Ogbuke, Raul, Jurado, Huntelaar. Subs: Schober, Marica, Hoger, Farfan, Metzelder, Uchida, Moritz.

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  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

  • Schalke 04

    Manager: Huub Stevens

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