Thursday March 8, 2012 Last 16 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 3 Athletic Bilbao

  • Rooney 22’, 90’ (pen.)
  • Llorente 44’
  • De Marcos 72’
  • Muniain 90’

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    David de Gea could not prevent Manchester United from slumping to a 3-2 first leg loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League last 16. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! Carrick sees a shot deflect over the bar as the whistle sounds. A breathless night, but Athletic have won this first leg 3-2.
    • 89' GOAL! Rooney drills the penalty low into the corner of the net. United now trail 3-2. Super penalty. We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' PENALTY TO UNITED! De Marcos handles in the box. Stonewall penalty and he is rightly booked for that one.
    • 87' GOAL! 3-1 to Athletic. Muniain smashes the ball home from close range on the rebound after De Marcos had brought out another stunning stop from De Gea.
    • 86' Referee halts play to enable Evra to put his boot back on. Not seen that before. Or that is what it looked like.
    • 85' United try to bring the ball out from the back through Evans. Works it inside to Jones, but he just overuns the ball. Chance gone as Iraizoz collects.
    • 84' Young deemed guilty of climbing over Martinez in the air. Free-kick to Athletic deep in their own half.
    • 83' Íñigo Pérez arrives to replace Ander Herrera for the visiting side. The travelling fans revelling in this. And no wonder.
    • 82' De Gea forced to make his latest decent stop to palm over the shot by Toquero. That one was travelling.
    • 81' Appeals for a penalty. Hernandez seemed to be being fouled in the area by San Jose, but the referee waves play on.
    • 80' Toquero is brought on to take over from Llorente for this bristling Bilbao side.
    • 79' Rooney drives a vicious shot at goal. That had pace on it from distance, but Iraizoz got behind it to make the stop.
    • 78' Bilbao have hardly stopped for breath in this match. Incredible energy levels as United try to get something going of note.
    • 77' Martinez on hand to clear the danger from inside his box. A fine piece of defending.
    • 76' Rooney drives at the visiting side's defence, but opens his body up a bit too much before lifting the shot over the bar from 25 yards out.
    • 75' Young sweeps in the cross from out wide. San Jose stands tall to head clear the danger.
    • 74' Change for United as Nani is wheeled on for Giggs, who has worked incredibly hard this evening.
    • 73' Athletic on the ball and in control as Evra takes out Iraola with a late challenge.
    • 72' Lovely little ball over the top from Herrera and the finish with the left foot was outstanding. No wonder the visiting fans are jumping around.
    • 71' GOAL! De Marcos slams home a volley. A stunning goal from inside the box and Athletic lead 2-1 on the night. That was a magnificent strike. Sensational stuff.
    • 70' More of this rythmic and fluid passing movement from Athletic as they come again.
    • 69' Athletic on the counter attack, but Evans comes across to make a fine tackle on De Marcos.
    • 68' Giggs bounds down a flank. Throws over a decent cross, but Iraizoz dives on the loose ball with some glee. Better from United.
    • 67' De Gea makes another fine stop to make the save from Muniain. How United are level here is something of a minor miracle.
    • 66' Evans looks like he has taken a knock as Athletic continue on the offensive.
    • 65' Bielsa downing a bottle of water at the side of the pitch as his young side continue to go about their business with some urgency.
    • 64' Evan clatters Oscar with a late challenge. Athletic continue to take up residence in the home half.
    • 63' The Spanish side have been a joy to watch this evening. United would be happier with a draw at the moment.
    • 62' San Jose is going to be booked for a cynical late tug on Hernandez. Free-kick for United just inside the visiting half.
    • 61' Athletic with 17 shots at goal compared to seven from United. Just to illustrate the amount of play Bilbao have enjoyed.
    • 60' Athletic so comfortable on the ball, and so slick with it. Another change for the home team as Anderson arrives to take over from Park.
    • 59' Hernandez hesitates in the Athletic box. Gets the shot in, but took far too long over that and the chance is lost.
    • 58' Chance for San Jose in the box, but he is leaning back as he lifts a volley over the bar. Another chance for Athletic goes abegging.
    • 57' Carrick is penalised for a handball, and the visiting team have a free-kick some 30 yards from goal.
    • 56' Young being pulled back by Aurtenetxe. Free-kick to United. Giggs takes it, but comes to nothing as Iraizoz collects.
    • 55' Rooney swings a free-kick wide of the goal after San Jose had brought down Rafael on the run.
    • 54' Michael Carrick arrives to replace the injured Chris Smalling, who has a head knock.
    • 53' Herrera relieves the pressure on United by slashing at a shot as it misses the target by some distance. The home side with the chance to get out.
    • 52' Magical save by De Gea! At full stretch, he dives to tip over a blistering shot by Llorente. United on the end of a real going over.
    • 51' Llorente slams a shot wide of the goal. What a chance that was. Should have have been 2-1 there.
    • 50' Susaeta with the delivery from the corner. Llorente in there challenging, but United hack it out. Very uncomfortable moments for the home team.
    • 49' De Gea with a fingertip stop to keep out a blistering drive by Muniain. Athletic are going for this second goal.
    • 48' More impressive play by Athletic. United try to break to the other end, but Hernandez just fails to latch onto a loose ball in the visiting area.
    • 47' Llorente slips the short pass to De Marcos, whose shot balloons over the bar from inside the area.
    • 46' United get the second half off and running. Let us hope for a similar half.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! All square at 1-1. Phew! What a half that was....more to come in the second period.
    • 44' The Bilbao fans going wild. They are having a party. Breathless stuff. Not sure there is going to be much time added to this half.
    • 43' Lovely cross by Susaeta to pick out his team-mate. That was an excellent delivery it must be said. No chance for De Gea as the ball bounced beyond him.
    • 42' GOAL! Llorente scores for Athletic. Brilliant header and the visiting side are level. No more than they deserve from this first period. 1-1 now.
    • 41' Wonderful control and a run from Rooney. Cross intended for Hernandez, but Martinez scampered back to make the challenge. Had to make that one.
    • 40' Athletic coach Marcelo Bielsa is certainly stalking that touchline with some intensity. Very serious looking.
    • 39' United break to the other end immediately as Iraizoz comes off his line to collect. Fine piece of goalkeeping from Rooney's cross with Hernandez in there.
    • 38' The visiting fans continue to make themselves heard from the stands. Martinez with the ball for Athletic. De Marcos continues to ask questions of this United rearguard.
    • 37' Giggs tries to wriggle away from an Athletic shirt, but Llorente is back doing some sterling work for his side.
    • 36' Athletic cannot take too much heart from their record in 14 games against English sides, which reads W3 D4 L7. They are also without a win in England, while United have lost just once in their last 12 European games.
    • 35' Evans tries to join the party for United. The home side trying to get a move of note on the go here. All the best moves are with Athletic so far.
    • 34' Hernandez caught narrowly offside. He is wearing a pained expression after that decision.
    • 33' Another spellbinding move by Athletic as Iraola dashes into the home area. Unloads the shot, but De Gea dives to tip it wide.
    • 32' Fine piece of play by Giggs in his 146th European match for the club. Plays in Hernandez, whose cross is blocked by a visiting shirt.
    • 31' Golden chance for the visiting side, but Susaeta lobs the ball over the De Gea and wide of the goal. United caught out at the back. All over the place. Almost the leveller.
    • 30' Evra bounding down the line. Trying to lead by example, but Athletic have the ball in their own half.
    • 29' De Marcos put in a wonderful cross for Llorente seconds ago, and he just fails to keep the ball in play there. United need some respite.
    • 28' Harldy time to draw breath in this match. Athletic's one-touch passing is something to behold. Must be wondering how they are behind.
    • 27' A real intensity to his first period. Athletic seeing as much if not more of the ball than United. Llorente nudges a head over. Good marking by Smalling.
    • 26' Susaeta lobs the ball high into the United box. The English team clear. Game raging from end to end.
    • 25' Iraola's shot deflects wide for another corner to the visiting side. Nice movement from the La Liga team.
    • 24' Susaeta with the delivery, but walloped clear from within the United box. Athletic quick to pick up the loose ball.
    • 23' Evans back to cut out the cross from Susaeta. Corner to the visiting side.
    • 22' Athletic will continue to fraternise with this style of play. Hasn't served them too badly so far tonight as they pick it up deep in their own half.
    • 21' Athletic back on the ball seconds later. Keeping possession with some relish as Herrera's shot is charged down by a posse of home bodies.
    • 20' United have been pressed back, but it is just like them to score when their backs are to the wall. Will that lift them to raise their game?
    • 19' GOAL! Roooney scores for United. Ball broke to him as Iraizoz saved from Hernandez. Couldn't really miss. A 1-0 lead.
    • 18' Susaeta thumps a shot at the United goal from the edge of the area. Low and hard, but no direction as De Gea saves. More unsettling moments for United.
    • 17' Athletic have clearly come to chase this away goal. Their game plan seems to be working perfectly. United looking anything but comfortable.
    • 16' Llorente penalised for a foul on Smalling in the box. The big striker was appealing for a penalty, but the referee did not want to know.
    • 15' Llorente again showing some considerable skills in the box. His shot charged down by Jones.
    • 14' Hernandez turns from distance. Has a go from 25 yards out, but no pace on the shot as it falls into the arms of Iraizoz.
    • 13' Llorente urging his side to press up the park as much as possible as De Gea hammers a goalkick down the pitch.
    • 12' Phil Jones lumps a long ball down the park. Intended for Javier Hernandez, who miscontrols the loose ball as Athletic regain possession.
    • 11' Athletic working incredibly hard to close down space. Some real energy on display. And their fans seem to be enjoying the evening.
    • 10' Muniain has another shot at goal, but De Gea is equal to the task there.
    • 9' Martinez then cuts out a loose ball as the visitors look to break at pace up the park. Llorente drives to the heart of the United box, but the home side do enough to avert the danger.
    • 8' Giggs swings the free-kick into the area at some pace. Iraizoz comes out to punch clear. Vital that he got his fists to that ball.
    • 7' Foul by Aurtenetxe on Young. And United will have a free-kick chance from out wide.
    • 6' Muniain decides to go for goal, but misses the target. Game raging from end to end at some pace.
    • 5' Herrera smacks the shot at goal. Breaks back to him. Athletic looking the likelier side early on in his contest.
    • 4' Some superb play by Llorente on the edge of the box. Turns well before walloping a shot inches wide. That was lovely play by Athletic.
    • 3' Giggs with an early chance. Tries to smack the shot at goal, but San Jose slides along the lush surface to make a vital block. The visiting fans making plenty of noise out there.
    • 2' Athletic make one change from their last outing in Europe with Ander Iturraspe replacing Amorebieta, as Javi Martínez drops back into the centre of defence. Bilbao making a bright start to this contest. Look very lively.
    • 1' We are off and running at Old Trafford.
    • 20:00 Match odds for this one: Manchester United 9/5, Athletic Bilbao 13/2, Draw 23/10
    • 19:55 Marcelo Bielsa (Athletic Bilbao): "My players will have the same desire, the same effervescence against Manchester City as they did in the derby against Real Sociedad. The decision on whether Iturraspe or Martinez play in central midfield is dependent on many factors. The former plays like Lucho Gonzalez does for Argentina; the latter has a huge physical presence and makes lots of challenges."
    • 19:50 Sir Alex Ferguson (Man Utd): "It's a very difficult tie. All the work Bilbao have done has been very impressive. They're a very progressive team in Spain at the moment and it's going to be very difficult for us. We need to waken up, there's not question about that. Some of our European form has been disappointing. But it's an opportunity to progress and we want to take that opportunity, although it's going to need a very good performance."
    • 19:45 Striker Fernando Llorente has long been talked about as a player who would do well in Premier League - we'll see how he enjoys the Old Trafford experience tonight. Euroscout however, turned its eye on his provider, Iker Muniain
    • 19:40 So it looks as if United will line up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, with Hernandez and Rooney paired in a strong attack. Smalling is fit enough to start after his nasty head wound on England duty, and Carrick, Ferdinand, and Nani offer experienced back-up on the bench. Athletic are strong, and all eyes will be on their own forwards.
    • 19:35 MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Evra, Smalling, Evans, Rafael, Park, Jones, Giggs, Young, Hernandez, Rooney - subs - Amos, Ferdinand, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Welbeck /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz; Iraola, Javi Martínez, San José, Aurtenetxe; Iturraspe, Herrera, De Marcos; Muniain, Llorente, Susaeta - subs - Raul, Koikili, Ekiza, Inigo Perez, Toquero, David Lopez, Ibai Gomez.
    • 19:30 Bilbao have a mini-defensive crisis due to the absence of key personnel. Centre-half Fernando Amorebieta is banned after his red card in the match against CSKA Moscow, while Aitor Ocio, Xabi Castillo and Iban Zubiaurre are all defenders and are all injured. Midfielder Ander Iturraspe returns to the squad after missing the 2-0 Basque derby win over Real Sociedad, allowing Javi Martinez to play in central defence. Skipper Carlos Gurpegi is also out, as is veteran midfielder Igor Gabilondo.
    • 19:25 Midfield duo Tom Cleverley and Anderson will be hoping to return from recent absences when Manchester United take on Athletic Bilbao in their Europa League last-16 first-leg clash at Old Trafford. Cleverley has been missing for a fortnight with an ankle injury that ended his hopes of an England debut against Holland, whilst Anderson has not started for four months after suffering a knee problem. Paul Scholes is set to miss out after starring in Sunday's win over Tottenham.
    • 19:20 Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Manchester United's Europa League last 16 clash with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Rooney drills the penalty low into the corner of the net. United now trail 3-2. Super penalty. We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 87' GOAL! 3-1 to Athletic. Muniain smashes the ball home from close range on the rebound after De Marcos had brought out another stunning stop from De Gea.
    • 82' De Gea forced to make his latest decent stop to palm over the shot by Toquero. That one was travelling.
    • 79' Rooney drives a vicious shot at goal. That had pace on it from distance, but Iraizoz got behind it to make the stop.
    • 71' GOAL! De Marcos slams home a volley. A stunning goal from inside the box and Athletic lead 2-1 on the night. That was a magnificent strike. Sensational stuff.
    • 67' De Gea makes another fine stop to make the save from Muniain. How United are level here is something of a minor miracle.
    • 52' Magical save by De Gea! At full stretch, he dives to tip over a blistering shot by Llorente. United on the end of a real going over.
    • 51' Llorente slams a shot wide of the goal. What a chance that was. Should have have been 2-1 there.
    • 49' De Gea with a fingertip stop to keep out a blistering drive by Muniain. Athletic are going for this second goal.
    • 42' GOAL! Llorente scores for Athletic. Brilliant header and the visiting side are level. No more than they deserve from this first period. 1-1 now.
    • 33' Another spellbinding move by Athletic as Iraola dashes into the home area. Unloads the shot, but De Gea dives to tip it wide.
    • 31' Golden chance for the visiting side, but Susaeta lobs the ball over the De Gea and wide of the goal. United caught out at the back. All over the place. Almost the leveller.
    • 27' A real intensity to his first period. Athletic seeing as much if not more of the ball than United. Llorente nudges a head over. Good marking by Smalling.
    • 19' GOAL! Roooney scores for United. Ball broke to him as Iraizoz saved from Hernandez. Couldn't really miss. A 1-0 lead.
    • 18' Susaeta thumps a shot at the United goal from the edge of the area. Low and hard, but no direction as De Gea saves. More unsettling moments for United.
    • 4' Some superb play by Llorente on the edge of the box. Turns well before walloping a shot inches wide. That was lovely play by Athletic.
    • 19:35 MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Evra, Smalling, Evans, Rafael, Park, Jones, Giggs, Young, Hernandez, Rooney - subs - Amos, Ferdinand, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Welbeck /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz; Iraola, Javi Martínez, San José, Aurtenetxe; Iturraspe, Herrera, De Marcos; Muniain, Llorente, Susaeta - subs - Raul, Koikili, Ekiza, Inigo Perez, Toquero, David Lopez, Ibai Gomez.

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Substitution Out55′ 5 -
      5 -
      4.8 -
      Midfielders
      5.1 -
      Substitution Out75′ 5.8 -
      Substitution Out61′ 5.3 -
      5.5 -
      Strikers
      Goals ×2 6.2 -
      5.6 -
      Subs
      Substitution In55′ Yellow Card 3.8 -
      Substitution In61′ 3.4 -
      Substitution In75′ 3.7 -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 6.1 -
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      Midfielders
      Goal 6.8 -
      6.4 -
      Substitution Out84′ 6.7 -
      Strikers
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      Goal 7.1 -
      Goal Substitution Out81′ 7.5 -
      Subs
      Substitution In81′ 6.8 -
      Substitution In84′ 6.6 -

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