Tuesday May 10, 2011 Day 36 Finished Estadio Riazor

Deportivo La Coruña 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao

  • Adrián 22’
  • Xabi Castillo 71’ (o.g.)
  • Toquero 3’

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  1. La Coruna claim vital victory over Bilbao

    La Coruna claim vital victory over Bilbao

    Deportivo La Coruna gave their Liga survival hopes a huge boost with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Riazor. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Deportivo La Coruña
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+3' FULL TIME! Depor move out of the relegation zone with a fine performance and a 2-1 victory, leavine Bilbao looking nervously over their shoulders as their grip on a Europa League spot weakens. Thanks for joining our LIVE coverage!
    • 90+1' DEPOR SUB: Riki off, Dominguez on
    • 90' Amorebieta slams into a high challenge on Riki in the middle of the park, and he's lucky to get away with only a yellow card! Horrible challenge
    • 89' Valeron almost slips the ball through for Lassad inside the box, but a red and white shirt gets there first. Time is running out for the visitors!
    • 88' Another cross comes in from the left, and this time Llorente does meet it. He can only get half a head on the ball though, and Aranzubia gathers gratefully, low to his right
    • 87' Castillo retrieves the ball on the left, before swinging in a cross towards Llorente. The ball sails over the big striker's head, but TOQUERO IS THERE TO HEAD TOWARDS GOAL! JUST WIDE OF THE TOP-LEFT CORNER!
    • 86' Amorebieta with the ball on the halfway line for Bilbao. He plays back to Iraizoz, who hoofs the ball upfield
    • 85' DEPOR SUB: Adrian off, Lassad on
    • 84' Llorente almost springs the offside trap, but he just times his run a split-second too late and the linesman's flag is straight up
    • 82' The corner is swung in from the right... and headed comfortably clear
    • 81' Muniain does well to hold onto the ball as he races along the right channel and into the box, before winning a corner with a deflected cross
    • 80' Bilbao enjoying more time on the ball now, as the whistles ring out across Deportivo La Caruna!
    • 79' DEPOR SUB: Rodriguez off, Aythami on
    • 78' Valeron jinks and dances his way along the right channel towards the edge of the box, but his eventual low cross finds a red and white shirt
    • 77 BILBAO SUB: Javi Martinez off, Ibai Gomez on
    • 76' Bilbao continue to struggle here - time for one last throw of the dice by Joaquin Caparros, perhaps?
    • 75' The throw is taken quickly to Valeron, who is muscled out of play for a Bilbao throw-in
    • 74' Manuel Pablo drives forwards along the left wing, as Depor push for a third! He wins a throw for the hosts deep in Bilbao territory
    • 73' Riki is sent clear along the left channel after another clever ball over the top of the Bilbao defence, and but the striker goes down far, far too easily and is shown a yellow card for diving! Shocking waste
    • 72' Brilliant ball from Valeron to set off that move, and Deportivo deservedly take the lead after absolutely bossing this half!
    • 71' GOOOOAL! DEPORTIVO GO AHEAD! Valeron slips a sensational ball through the sluggish Bilbao defence for Adrian to chase. Adrian then knocks a teasing ball across the face of goal towards Riki, only for Castillo to slide the ball into his own net!
    • 71' Llorente tries to pick out Toquero on the same flank, but his weak pass is easily cut out. Bilbao are really struggling to string their passes together
    • 70' Iraola tries to find Muniain with a low ball along the right flank, but Manuel Pablo gets across to it first. Solid defending once again
    • 68' That's a much-needed change for Bilbao, who are being slightly over-run here. Castillo makes a hash of his clearance along the left wing, but Riki can only block the ball back out of play for a goal kick
    • 67' BILBAO SUB: David Lopez off, Gabilondo on
    • 66' Adrian finds Guardado on the edge of the box, who lays off to Valeron. Valeron slips a clever ball through the defence to Riki, who just can't keep it in play. It's all Depor at the moment!
    • 65' Adrian finds himself in acres of space on the left wing, but Iraola - now wearing the captain's armband - comes across expertly to slam the ball wide for a throw. Superb defending
    • 64' This time Depor do a better job of heading clear, and Adrian counters along the right wing. His eventual cross if deflected out for a corner, and this is real end to end stuff!
    • 63' Swung in to the near stick... and deflected across goal and behind for a corner by Riki! Not sure he knew too much about that, but it's another Bilbao corner
    • 62' Javi Martinez carries the ball along the left wing, before winning a corner with a deflected cross
    • 61' The Riazor is rocking now, as the Depor fans sense blood! Toquero tries to reach a long ball before it goes out for a goal kick, but Manuel Pablo gets there first to expertly shepherd the ball out of play
    • 60' Deportivo are firing on all cylinders at the moment! Riki turns Borja Ekiza inside and out on his way into the box from the right wing, but his low cross is deflected clear. Rodriguez collects the ball some 25 yards out, and SHOOTS! Way over the bar
    • 58' BILBAO SUB: Gurpegi off, Iturraspe on
    • 58' Depor switch the ball right, where Valeron plays a delicate ball along the right wing to Riki in the box! Riki SHOOTS! PARRIED CLEAR BY IRAIZOZ!
    • 57' Guardado is given too much space on the left wing, before carring the ball inside towards the edge of the box... Bilbao scrabble clear
    • 56' Guardado plays a lovely, looping diagonal ball over the top of the defence for Adrian, who is onside! The striker takes a touch in the box, and SHOOTS! JUST WIDE OF THE TOP-RIGHT CORNER! Should've hit the target then, but he snatched at the shot
    • 55' David Lopez knocks the ball straight out of play on the halfway line, as Depor continue their impressive pressing! Good start from the hosts, and the stadium is really getting behind them now!
    • 54' Toquero tries to control a low diagonal ball into the box, but his touch sends the ball looping into Aranzubia's hands
    • 53' Guardado makes a mess of holding onto the ball wide right, but Muniain follows suit - holding onto the ball for too long under incessant pressure from Pablo and losing possession
    • 52' Deportivo playing some nice, flowing football across the middle of the park at the moment, but struggling to make much of an impression on the final third
    • 51' Deportivo look to counter quickly, but Gurpegi barges Adrian to the floor to stop the break, and is promptly shown a yellow card. That one's been coming!
    • 51' The corner kick is swung into the middle of the box... and easily held by Aranzubia
    • 50' David Lopez stands over the ball... and swings in a lovely cross that is headed behind goal for a corner kick
    • 49' Llorente goes up for a header with Laure wide on the left wing, and the referee blows his whistle for a free kick as the Bilbao striker is bundled over from behind
    • 48' The ball is eventually lost on the left wing, and hoofed up the flank by Castillo
    • 47' Depor pressing hard early on, keeping Bilbao pegged back in their own half
    • 46' Welcome back for the second half!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME! Iraizoz comfortably collects a speculative hoof into the box, and that'll do for the first half! They're all square after 45 minutes, we'll be back in a few moments to see whether that'll still be the case after 90!
    • 45' Adrian tries to slip the ball along the right wing for Laure to chase, but it's cut out for a Depor throw, deep in opposition territory
    • 44' Muniain tries to launch a quick counter for Bilbao, but he's just clipped from behind by Guardado. The referee blows for a foul, and shows the Depor man a yellow card too, for good measure
    • 42' He's back up to his feet, and fit to continue. Bilbao retrieve possession at the back, and the ball is hoofed hopefully back up towards Llorente
    • 41' Rikki goes down clutching his neck wide on the right wing, and he's really making a meal of this. Looks like he took a bit of a bosh going up for a header
    • 40' That was definitely a cross from Adrian, but how close he came to giving his side the lead late in the first half!
    • 39' Rodriguez and Adrian exchange passes on the right of the Bilbao penalty area, before Adrian picks out a looping cross to the back WHICH COMES BACK OFF THE TOP OF THE CROSSBAR!
    • 38' Adrian races into the penalty area from the right wing, before going down under shoulder-to-shoulder pressure from Javi Martinez. Depor scream for a penalty... not given
    • 37' Castillo carries the ball deep into Depor's half along the left wing, but he's well marshalled by Laure, who nicks in to clear the ball. Solid defending
    • 36' Bilbao back on the ball, and passing across the defence. Suffice to say, the Estadio Riazor isn't too happy with them for it!
    • 35' Muniain catches Rodriguez late deep inside Depor's half, and concedes a free kick. Aranzubia comes forwards, and lumps it up towards the Bilbao box
    • 33' The corner kick if swung in towards the back stick... and headed harmlessly over the bar
    • 32' Riki carries the ball towards the edge of the box, before winning a corner with a deflected cross
    • 31' The ball is eventually forced back to Aranzubia, who clears with a long hoof to the right wing
    • 30' Depor play keep-ball at the back, but Bilbao are harrying well up top
    • 29' The referee comes across to show Rodriguez a yellow card, as Amorebieta gets back to his feet and looks fit to continue
    • 28' Juan Rodriguez slams into Amorebieta with a high boot, and the Bilbao man stays down. Ugly challenge, that
    • 27' Bilbao launch a rare counter, along the right wing. The ball is lofted towards Llorente at the back stick, and once again the Spanish striker rises highest to get a head on the ball... OFF THE BAR! Cracking effort from Llorente, who was the width of the woodwork away from restoring Bilbao's lead!
    • 26' Riki chases a low ball along the right channel, and carries it into the area. He twists Amorebieta inside and out, but once again takes too many touches and is squeezed off the ball in the box. He's overplaying it every time, the 30-year-old striker
    • 25' Laure breaks along the right wing, before swinging a looping cross towards Adrian at the back post! It's just over the goal-scorer's head, and goes out of play on the left wing
    • 24' The ball is slipped inside to the feet of Riki, who takes a touch too many on the edge of the box and is quickly battered off the ball an expertly-timed sliding tackle from Gurpegi
    • 23' Guardado finds Adrian on the right wing, as the crowd roars in support of the rejuvinated Deportivo!
    • 22' GOOOOOOOAL! ADRIAN EQUALISES FOR DEPORTIVO! Guardado loses out inside the box, but the ball breaks to Adrian on the right. He fires in a cross-shot from an acute angle, which is deflected inside the far post by Gurpegi! Slightly fortunate goal, but they all count!
    • 22' Laure races off along the right wing again, where is eventual cross into the box is blocked out for a corner
    • 21' It's swung into the box... and headed clear by the first man. The ball is returned to Riki just inside the penalty area, and Riki SHOOTS! High and wide of the left post. Poor effort
    • 20' Javi Martínez catches Valeron late from behind, givign Depor a free kick wide on the right wing, some 35 yards out
    • 19' Valeron feeds Guardado, who carries the ball to the edge of the box. He plays left, before receiving the ball back and SHOOTING! Blocked out of play for a throw on the right flank
    • 18' Riki, Valeron, and Laure combine on the right wing to send the fullback clear, but once again there's no one competing to get under the cross into the Bilbao box
    • 17' Guardado and Gurpegi are at it again inside Depor's half, and again the referee penalises the Bilbao captain for a foul
    • 16' Bilbao trying to settle on the ball now, as Iraola passes back to Iraizoz
    • 15' Riki and Borja Ekiza race after a long ball down the Depor right, and the Bilbao man takes a tumble! Riki carries the ball into the penalty area... and cuts back! He just couldn't get the ball out from underneath his feet, and the chance is gone. He passes to the right wing, and Bilbao's defence clear from the eventual cross
    • 13' Llorente is on the ball again, holding up play with his back to goal, before turning smartly onto his left foot and SHOOTING FROM RANGE! Wide of the left post
    • 12' Bilbao try to work the right flank, and the ball is eventually hoofed towards Llorente at the back post. The lanky Spanish striker leaps high to nod the ball back towards Toquero, but the goal-scorer can't get to it before the tightly-packed Depor defence
    • 11' Riki switches play to Manuel Pablo on the left wing with a lovely, lofted ball, but the fullback's attempt to dink the ball back inside only succedes in surrendering possession
    • 10' Guardado is scythed down in the centre-circle by Gurpegi, right in front of the referee. The crowd bays for blood, but the referee again opts to keep his cards in his pocket
    • 9' Castillo carries the ball along the left wing, before swinging a hopeful, left-footed cross into the box, which is easily headed clear
    • 8' Adrian charges forwards to collect a long ball over the top of the Bilbao defence, but he's just offside. It's not clicking for the hosts yet
    • 7' The ball is swept crossfield to the right corner of the penalty area... before Aranzubia comfortably claims the eventual ball into the box
    • 6' Muniain slips on the ball on the left wing, but does well to hold off his marker and keep control of the ball
    • 5' Adrian carries the ball into the penalty area from the right wing... but his attempted cross is easily blocked at the near post and hacked clear
    • 4' Depor back on the ball, switching from left to right inside Bilbao's half
    • 3' GOOOOOAL! BILBAO SCORE WITH THEIR FIRST ATTACK OF THE MATCH! What a start for the visitors, who carve Depor apart with such ease. The ball is slipped between the hosts centre-backs to Toquero on the edge of the area, who takes a touch and tucks the ball inside the far post. So, so easy
    • 2' Estadio Riazor decent atmosphere at the Estadio Riazor tonight, as Depor enjoy the lions share of the early possession
    • 1' We're underway! Depor go on the attack straight away, and Riki takes a melodramatic tumble in the box under pressure from Iraizoz. The referee waves play on
    • 19:00 So, this is a big, big game for both teams at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor. Depor currently occupy the top spot in the relegation zone, level on points with Real Zaragoza. A win or a draw will lift them out of the drop-zone, at least until Zaragoza play. Bilbao, meanwhile, occupy fifth in the La Liga table, but there are only two points between them and seventh-placed Sevilla, so three points today would do wonders for their European ambitions
    • 18:55 BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Amorebieta, Castillo, Borja Ekiza, Gurpegi, David Lopez, Javi Martinez, Llorente, Muniain, and Toquero
    • 18:50 DEPOR: Aranzubia, Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Colotto, Laure, Guardado, Juan Rodriguez, Valeron, Ruben Perez, Riki, and Adrian
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Deportivo v Bilbao!
  • Summary

    • 87' Castillo retrieves the ball on the left, before swinging in a cross towards Llorente. The ball sails over the big striker's head, but TOQUERO IS THERE TO HEAD TOWARDS GOAL! JUST WIDE OF THE TOP-LEFT CORNER!
    • 71' GOOOOAL! DEPORTIVO GO AHEAD! Valeron slips a sensational ball through the sluggish Bilbao defence for Adrian to chase. Adrian then knocks a teasing ball across the face of goal towards Riki, only for Castillo to slide the ball into his own net!
    • 58' Depor switch the ball right, where Valeron plays a delicate ball along the right wing to Riki in the box! Riki SHOOTS! PARRIED CLEAR BY IRAIZOZ!
    • 56' Guardado plays a lovely, looping diagonal ball over the top of the defence for Adrian, who is onside! The striker takes a touch in the box, and SHOOTS! JUST WIDE OF THE TOP-RIGHT CORNER! Should've hit the target then, but he snatched at the shot
    • 39' Rodriguez and Adrian exchange passes on the right of the Bilbao penalty area, before Adrian picks out a looping cross to the back WHICH COMES BACK OFF THE TOP OF THE CROSSBAR!
    • 27' Bilbao launch a rare counter, along the right wing. The ball is lofted towards Llorente at the back stick, and once again the Spanish striker rises highest to get a head on the ball... OFF THE BAR! Cracking effort from Llorente, who was the width of the woodwork away from restoring Bilbao's lead!
    • 22' GOOOOOOOAL! ADRIAN EQUALISES FOR DEPORTIVO! Guardado loses out inside the box, but the ball breaks to Adrian on the right. He fires in a cross-shot from an acute angle, which is deflected inside the far post by Gurpegi! Slightly fortunate goal, but they all count!
    • 13' Llorente is on the ball again, holding up play with his back to goal, before turning smartly onto his left foot and SHOOTING FROM RANGE! Wide of the left post
    • 3' GOOOOOAL! BILBAO SCORE WITH THEIR FIRST ATTACK OF THE MATCH! What a start for the visitors, who carve Depor apart with such ease. The ball is slipped between the hosts centre-backs to Toquero on the edge of the area, who takes a touch and tucks the ball inside the far post. So, so easy
    • 18:55 BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Amorebieta, Castillo, Borja Ekiza, Gurpegi, David Lopez, Javi Martinez, Llorente, Muniain, and Toquero
    • 18:50 DEPOR: Aranzubia, Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Colotto, Laure, Guardado, Juan Rodriguez, Valeron, Ruben Perez, Riki, and Adrian

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Deportivo La Coruña

    Manager: José Luis Ribera Uranga

  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Joaquín Caparrós

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