Thursday March 29, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Veltins-Arena

Schalke 04 2 - 4 Athletic Bilbao

  • Raúl 22’, 59’
  • Llorente 20’, 73’
  • De Marcos 81’
  • Muniain 90’

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  1. Athletic put four past Schalke

    Athletic put four past Schalke

    Athletic Bilbao put in a fine attacking display in Gelsenkirchen to stun Schalke 4-2 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final. More

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    Time:90'
    • Schalke 04
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+3 FULL TIME. It finishes Schalke 2-4 Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+2 GOAL! Muniain makes it 4-2! De Marcos powers down the right and pulls the ball back to Muniain, who strokes the ball beautifully into the roof of the net. Tie over, surely?
    • 90' Fuchs sees his low free-kick fly a whisker past the post.
    • 89' Raul receives the ball at the far post, chests it down beautifully, but his right-footed effort is saved by Iraizoz's legs. So close.
    • 87' Huntelaar hits the post with a stunning volley! Iraizoz was a spectator as the Dutchman's thumping effort looped over him and seemed to be about to drop into the net. Superb effort.
    • 85' Gomez drives forward and draws a good save out of Schober with a solid low effort.
    • 82' GOAL! De Marcos scores for Athletic Bilbao! Susaeta fires a loose ball in to the six yard box from the right, goalkeeper Schober palms it away but only as far as De Marcos, who turns in from close range.
    • 81' Bilbao substitute Inigo Perez is in the book for a foul.
    • 79' That second equaliser has really changed the dynamic of this game. Bilbao, already with two away goals under their belt, are looking the most likely to make it 3-2.
    • 77' Huntelaar is booked for a late challenge on Muniain.
    • 75' What a chance for 3-2 to Bilbao! Muniain picks out the run of Llorente with a cute ball into his path, but Llorente's heavy touch around the goalkeeper takes the ball away from danger.
    • 73' Another goal against the run of play for Bilbao, who have been well below par tonight.
    • 72' GOAL! Llorente makes it 2-2! Gomez whips a corner in from the left and Llorente gets ahead of his marker Matip to flick in at the near post.
    • 70' Muniain drives forward and then picks out Llorente to his left. The Spaniard gets into a superb position, but over hits his ball wide left. Hugely frustrating end to a promising move.
    • 68' Schalke really deserve more than the two goals here. They will probably need another one to be comfortable going to the Basque region next week.
    • 67' Schalke playing with a real swagger now and Jurado drives forward, exchanges a pass with Raul but is unable to keep the ball in play as it skips away from him.
    • 65' Raul on a hat-trick now, of course.
    • 64' Fuchs goes for goal with a fizzing low effort from 25 yards that Iraizoz saves one-handed to his right. The ball comes out to Raul who, attempts the most audacious of chips but the ball drifts just wide of the far post.
    • 63' Amorebieta fouls Farfan. Yellow.
    • 61' Sheer class from Raul.
    • 60' GOAL! Raul makes it 2-1 and WHAT a goal it is. The Spaniard's initial effort is stabbed clear and loops into the air but Raul reacts quickest and volleys the sweetest of volleys in from the edge of the box.
    • 59' Good couple of minutes for Schalke. You get the impression Bilbao will have to defend like that for the next 30 minutes as Schalke will throw everything at them.
    • 58' Huntelaar goes for goal with a snap shot from the edge of the box that is closed down but the ricochet falls to Farfan, who spanks a volley at goal - which stings the palms of Iraizoz.
    • 57' The free-kick is lofted into the box and Papadopoulos glances a header just wide.
    • 56' And Jurado's first touch draws a foul out of Iraola and Schalke have a chance to get this into the box.
    • 54' Double Schalke sub: Holtby and Jurado on, Hoger and Draxler off.
    • 52' Muniain drives beyond Hoger, who trips him and receives a yellow card.
    • 50' Huntelaar pokes the ball into the net, but he was offside when the ball was played to him. Bilbao breathe again.
    • 48' Chance for Bilbao as Llorente heads the ball into his path and is clean through - but Papadopoulos makes a brilliant tackle just as he was about to pull the trigger.
    • 46' Schalke have made one change at the break and it's the goalkeeper, who picked up an injury. Schober is on for Hildebrand.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Schalke get us underway again.
    • 45' What did you make of that then? We're all square at 1-1, but are Bilbao lucky to be on level terms? And what did you make of the Raul incident at the end there? Let me know on Twitter
    • 45' HALF TIME. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is half time. It's 1-1 at the Veltins-Arena.
    • 45' Raul goes down in the box. To say he went down easily is an understatement. It's possibly the most blatent dive you'll ever see. Tut tut.
    • 44' De Marcos is released down the left but his cross to the back post is just out of the reach of Fernando Llorente who was late arriving.
    • 42' Uchida and Farfan link well again as Uchida's cross is cut out. The right back is certainly not afraid to get forward.
    • 41' Schalke knocking on the door again as Farfan delivers a devilish free-kick from the right that Papadopoulos meets with a thumping header. Just over.
    • 39' Aurtenetxe floats a high cross in from the left but Llorente can't bring it under control. The Spaniard would have been better off leaving that to Susaeta, who was preparing a volley.
    • 38' Schalke have been all over Bilbao and deserve to be ahead.
    • 37' The corner is half cleared to Farfan, who fires a low shot from the edge of the box into a sea of Bilbao bodies. The shot is blocked but the ricochet falls to Huntelaar, whose low shot is also blocked.
    • 36' Fuchs drives forward down the left but Iturraspe gets back, but concedes yet another corner.
    • 34' Raul has his head in his hands - he knows that was a great opening.
    • 33' Draxler's stepovers on the left bamboozle Iraola and then his low cross finds Raul, but the Spaniard fails to make a clean contact at the near post and the ball trickles wide.
    • 31' De Marcos picks out Llorente's driving run forward, but Matip makes an essential block to prevent the goalscorer getting another sight of goal.
    • 29' Llorente's flick wide finds Susaeta, but his cross into the box is headed out.
    • 28' Raul is taken out by Herrera and, judging by his high-pitched yelp, I'm guessing he wasn't happy with that challenge.
    • 27' Jones plays a loose ball in midfield straight to Muniain, but the little man misplaces his pass and the move breaks down.
    • 25' Schalke are continuing to test Bilbao as they win a free-kick deep inside the Bilbao half on the right flank - but Fuchs's ball into the box is headed out.
    • 23' Bilbao's opener was completely against the run of play; Schalke showed great character restoring parity so quickly - and we're back to square one!
    • 22' Typical poacher's finish. The kind we've seen from Raul so many times through the years.
    • 21' GOAL! Schalke equalise through Raul just 31 seconds after the restart! Farfan rolls the ball into the path of the overlapping Uchida, who crosses for Raul, who gets ahead of his marker to steer it in from close-range.
    • 19' GOAL! Bilbao take the lead through Llorente. Iraola picks out De Marcos with a high ball down the right. De Marcos pulls it back to Susaeta, his shot is spilled by Hildebrand and Llorente turns it in from close range. Not a classic but Bilbao will be ecstatic, that came from nowhere!
    • 17' Jones looks for the run of Uchida, who was making a diagonal run into the box from the right. Aurtenetxe intercepts, but Bilbao are all over the place as Schalke win another corner.
    • 16' Two encouraging moments for the home side, who have been impressive so far.
    • 15' Farfan cuts in from the right and drives forward. His left-footed shot is deflected and drops into the path of Huntelaar, but Iraizoz was quick off his line to gather.
    • 14' First big chance falls to Schalke! Superb driving run by Draxler gets him into the box before his neat reverse ball finds Huntelaar, who drags his left-footed shot narrowly wide of the far post. Very good effort for Schalke.
    • 12' First sight at goal for Llorente, whose attempted first-time shot from the edge of the box comes off his shin and goes out for a goal kick. Better by Bilbao though.
    • 11' De Marcos's great touch sets up Susaeta, whose neat turn allows him to cross but it's cleared.
    • 10' Schalke complaining that they should have been awarded another free kick. Bilbao not looking all that assured at the moment.
    • 9' The resulting free-kick is floated into the box by Farfan and Bilbao make a hash of clearing their lines. Eventually they get it away but the Spanish side looked less than convincing there.
    • 8' Jones makes a thrusting run forward but Iturraspe fouls him, and sees yellow. Iturraspe will now miss the second leg.
    • 6' Iraola picks out the run of Susaeta down the right, and his early cross is deflected out for a corner - the first of the game.
    • 5' A somewhat cautious start from both sides at the Veltins-Arena. Neither side willing to commit many men forward in the early stages.
    • 4' Farfan chases Draxler's ball over the top but Aurtenetxe fouls the Peruvian, and Schalke have a chance to get the ball into the box - but Bilbao deal with the ball in easily.
    • 3' Huntelaar drops deep to help his teammates out and Schalke are able to move closer to the Bilbao box, but Hoger's ball over the top is nowhere near Raul and Iraizoz comes out to gather.
    • 2' Iraola gets forward down the right for Bilbao, but he can't quite reach Muniain's back-heel and Schalke clear their lines.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Bilbao get this Europa League quarter-final started.
    • 20.04 The coin toss has been done and we're just a minute or so from getting started here at the Veltins-Arena...
    • 20.00 There is some real talent on show tonight, with Huntelaar, Raul, Llorente and Muniain to name but a few. The question is, should the winners of the Europa League be awarded an automatic place in the Champions League? Let me know on Twitter
    • 19.50 SCHALKE: Hildebrand, Uchida, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs, Hoger, Jones, Draxler, Raul, Farfan, Huntelaar. SUBS: Subs: Schober, Escudero, Hoogland, Marica, Holtby, Jurado, Moritz /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Javi Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Iturraspe, De Marcos, Ander Herrera, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain. SUBS: Raul, Toquero, San Jose, Inigo Perez, Ekiza, Ibai, Ramalho.
    • 19.45 Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa: "We will play our best available XI. We are not thinking about resting anyone ahead of Saturday's match against Barcelona. We will go into the match hopeful of prevailing here. It will not be easy, but we are looking forward to the atmosphere. The opportunity of playing in stadiums like this is why you take part in these competitions."
    • 19.40 Schalke coach Huub Stevens: "They have incredible quality - you don't win matches against Manchester United without it. They are a good side, playing typical Spanish football, but while we always have respect we are not scared. That said, even if we can make our qualities count I don't know what the result will be. I just don't know how strong Athletic really are."
    • 19.35 So what does the form book say? Well Schalke are unbeaten at home in Europe this season, recording five wins and a 0-0 draw against AEK Larnaca. In that match, on 3 November, they kept their only clean sheet at home in eight European outings. Athletic have won three of their five away games in Europe this season, and while they lost the other two, they have scored at least once in all of their UEFA games on the road in 2011/12.
    • 19.30 Schalke have played Spanish opponents in a previous quarter-final in this competition, beating Valencia 3-1 on aggregate en route to winning the 1996/97 UEFA Cup. But this is the first meeting between Schalke and Bilbao in European competition.
    • 19.20 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of what should be a cracking Europa League quarter-final between Schalke and Athletic Bilbao.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 GOAL! Muniain makes it 4-2! De Marcos powers down the right and pulls the ball back to Muniain, who strokes the ball beautifully into the roof of the net. Tie over, surely?
    • 89' Raul receives the ball at the far post, chests it down beautifully, but his right-footed effort is saved by Iraizoz's legs. So close.
    • 87' Huntelaar hits the post with a stunning volley! Iraizoz was a spectator as the Dutchman's thumping effort looped over him and seemed to be about to drop into the net. Superb effort.
    • 82' GOAL! De Marcos scores for Athletic Bilbao! Susaeta fires a loose ball in to the six yard box from the right, goalkeeper Schober palms it away but only as far as De Marcos, who turns in from close range.
    • 75' What a chance for 3-2 to Bilbao! Muniain picks out the run of Llorente with a cute ball into his path, but Llorente's heavy touch around the goalkeeper takes the ball away from danger.
    • 72' GOAL! Llorente makes it 2-2! Gomez whips a corner in from the left and Llorente gets ahead of his marker Matip to flick in at the near post.
    • 64' Fuchs goes for goal with a fizzing low effort from 25 yards that Iraizoz saves one-handed to his right. The ball comes out to Raul who, attempts the most audacious of chips but the ball drifts just wide of the far post.
    • 60' GOAL! Raul makes it 2-1 and WHAT a goal it is. The Spaniard's initial effort is stabbed clear and loops into the air but Raul reacts quickest and volleys the sweetest of volleys in from the edge of the box.
    • 58' Huntelaar goes for goal with a snap shot from the edge of the box that is closed down but the ricochet falls to Farfan, who spanks a volley at goal - which stings the palms of Iraizoz.
    • 57' The free-kick is lofted into the box and Papadopoulos glances a header just wide.
    • 48' Chance for Bilbao as Llorente heads the ball into his path and is clean through - but Papadopoulos makes a brilliant tackle just as he was about to pull the trigger.
    • 41' Schalke knocking on the door again as Farfan delivers a devilish free-kick from the right that Papadopoulos meets with a thumping header. Just over.
    • 37' The corner is half cleared to Farfan, who fires a low shot from the edge of the box into a sea of Bilbao bodies. The shot is blocked but the ricochet falls to Huntelaar, whose low shot is also blocked.
    • 33' Draxler's stepovers on the left bamboozle Iraola and then his low cross finds Raul, but the Spaniard fails to make a clean contact at the near post and the ball trickles wide.
    • 21' GOAL! Schalke equalise through Raul just 31 seconds after the restart! Farfan rolls the ball into the path of the overlapping Uchida, who crosses for Raul, who gets ahead of his marker to steer it in from close-range.
    • 19' GOAL! Bilbao take the lead through Llorente. Iraola picks out De Marcos with a high ball down the right. De Marcos pulls it back to Susaeta, his shot is spilled by Hildebrand and Llorente turns it in from close range. Not a classic but Bilbao will be ecstatic, that came from nowhere!
    • 15' Farfan cuts in from the right and drives forward. His left-footed shot is deflected and drops into the path of Huntelaar, but Iraizoz was quick off his line to gather.
    • 14' First big chance falls to Schalke! Superb driving run by Draxler gets him into the box before his neat reverse ball finds Huntelaar, who drags his left-footed shot narrowly wide of the far post. Very good effort for Schalke.
    • 19.50 SCHALKE: Hildebrand, Uchida, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs, Hoger, Jones, Draxler, Raul, Farfan, Huntelaar. SUBS: Subs: Schober, Escudero, Hoogland, Marica, Holtby, Jurado, Moritz /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Javi Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Iturraspe, De Marcos, Ander Herrera, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain. SUBS: Raul, Toquero, San Jose, Inigo Perez, Ekiza, Ibai, Ramalho.

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  • Schalke 04

    Manager: Huub Stevens

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    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

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