Sunday March 4, 2012 Day 26 Finished San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao 2 - 0 Real Sociedad

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  1. Susaeta brace claims Basque derby honours

    Susaeta brace claims Basque derby honours

    Two goals from Susaeta handed Athletic Bilbao a 2-0 win at home to local rivals Real Sociedad and a return to fourth place in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • Real Sociedad
    • 90+3' Full time! Bilbao claim derby honours and reclaim fourth spot in the league. Thanks for joining me! Let me know what you thought of the match - and the performances on display - on Twitter. Follow me @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Toquero's half-volley from the edge of the area is safely caught by Bravo.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Now Llorente stays on, but misses the target. Wide shot, goal kick.
    • 89' Agirretxe receives ball in area with his back to goal, but his turn and shot is deflected into the path of an offside Llorente.
    • 88' Iraola bombs into the box from the right but is well dispossessed by Mikel.
    • 86' Home side understandably beginning to look comfortable seeing the latter stages out now.
    • 85' That'll be Muniain's last involvement, as he makes way for Borja. That's the final of all six subs, too.
    • 84' Muniain is worse for wear as Estrada catches him with studs up and is lucky to only get a booking.
    • 83' Another Sociedad corner comes to nothing.
    • 82' Agirretxe is put in sight of goal by Cadamuro, but his shot is closed down.
    • 80' SUSAETA! 2-0! Top corner beauty of a set piece!
    • 79' Dangerous free-kick coming up for Bilbao now as Muniain is sent tumbling down just outside the area on the left-hand side of the 'D' by Mikel. That's another booking, too.
    • 78' Vela off, Joseba Llorente on for the away side.
    • 77' Cadamuro is the next player to see yellow.
    • 76' Was a double save in fact from Iraizoz, first from Agirretxe and then from Greizmann.
    • 75' The long delivery is headed away from goal but Sociedad remain on top in this passage.
    • 74' Griezmann! Saved by Iraizoz! Corner!
    • 73' Vela is booked, as is Susaeta, as a shirt-pulling tug-o-war between the two heats up into a shoving contest.
    • 72' The quickfire subs continue:? The booked Zurutuza makes way for Ruben Pardo for Sociedad.
    • 71' Inigo Perez is on for Herrera in Bilbao's second switch of the match.
    • 70' Muniain is muscled off a low cross from the right flank by Estrada over at the far post.
    • 69' Aranburu is brought off by Sociedad in their first change, an attacking one, with striker Imanol Agirretxe on in his place.
    • 68' Another offside flag against Sociedad as a cross comes in from the left.
    • 67' Now Inigo wins one of his own, fouled by Toquero.
    • 65' Mikel booked for a foul on Griezmann, but after working the free-kick short Sociedad lose momentum when Inigo Martinez catches namesake Javi.
    • 64' On the break come Bilbao, with Oscar latching onto Iraola's pass down that right channel and firing over the bar.
    • 63' Vela's effort from the set piece is blocked, before Cadamuro again triggers the flag.
    • 62' Amorebieta is booked for a foul on Prieto which prevented the winger from entering the penalty area via the right-hand corner of the box.
    • 61' Toquero comes on for Llorente in the game's first change.
    • 60' Great run down the left from Muniain, he's just inside the area and wrong-foots his marker before winning the corner with the cross attempt from the recovering defender.
    • 59' Offside against Cadamuro as he shoots on goal.
    • 57' As I type that, they do earn another and do take this one long into the box... only for it to go right into the waiting arms of Iraizoz.
    • 56' Another short corner from the away side. And they really need to learn some new tricks as Bilbao soon steal the ball and look to attack down that very channel.
    • 55' There were shouts of handball for the block on Susaeta's cross in the previous minute, but replays show it would have been harsh to award a penalty.
    • 54' Susaeta has a cross from the right closed down, while a subsequent break from the visitors takes one touch too many and comes to nothing.
    • 53' Spectacular drive from outside the box by Vela after moving inside from the right flashes wide of the far post.
    • 52' An Oscar cross from the right is hooked away from goal by the defence.
    • 51' Muniain is fouled by Estrada for a Bilbao free-kick just inside the Sociedad half.
    • 50' Prieto has an effort closed down before Cadamuro fires wide.
    • 49' Good work by Muniain on the left before he goes short to Oscar for the cross, but Llorente is unable to get onto it and a mis-hit pass from Susaeta ends the attack.
    • 48' Looking at the replay, that DEFINITELY went over the line. The visitors have been hard done by here.
    • 47' Sociedad win an early corner, again played short and it allows Prieto to skin his man and fire in the low cross, triggering a goalmouth scramble until Vela pokes home the equaliser! Or does he? No it's not given! Iraizoz ruled to have stopped it just on the line! Bilbao counter... but can't fashion a shot at goal as Herrera scuffs his effort.
    • 46' The second half begins.
    • 45+1' Whew. And with that, the first half ends with Bilbao a goal to the good.
    • 45' But here come the hosts again and Llorente meets Oscar's cross! Great save by Bravo! And again as Muniain looks to stab home the rebound! Susaeta now! Triple save!
    • 44' Sociedad look for another quick counter-strike and win themselves a corner.
    • 43' Muniain's through pass to Oscar sees the midfielder caught offside. Not the first time Muniain has failed to look up or time his pass properly.
    • 42' Great skill and control from Llorente inside the box, but he's at an angle on the left and forced to go short to Oscar for a cross. It's cleared only as far as Martinez, whose shot from distance is saved.
    • 40' Bravo is impeded going to claim said corner, and wins a free-kick.
    • 39' Susaeta to strike from this one... off the angle! Bounces level with the goal line almost, before catching the back of a helpless Bravo and deflecting the other side of the post. Corner.
    • 38' It wasn't an offside flag. It was a sight of a handball in the wall and now Bilbao have another free-kick closer to goal. It also earns Markel a booking.
    • 37' The free-kick is 30 yards out but driven towards goal by Herrera from Susaeta's lay-off. The deflection lands in a dangerous area, but triggers the flag.
    • 36' Dangerous run down the middle from Muniain ends abruptly when he's bulldozed by Mikel Gonzalez. That was one hell of a pro wrestling/NFL shoulder block.
    • 35' Got a bit scrappy now after some flashes of technical quality earlier in the game. That derby mentality of win at all costs starting to push above surface.
    • 34' Now Zurutuza slides in on Herrera and that'll also be a yellow. Second of the match so far.
    • 32' The visitors' momentum halts once more as Vela comes in late for a 50-50 with Aurenetxe and gives away a free-kick to the left of Bilbao's own box.
    • 31' It's whipped into the danger zone, but headed away.
    • 30' Free-kick Sociedad out on the right as Vela is caught by Herrera.
    • 29' Now Herrera is caught offside bringing down Aurtenetxe's lofted ball into the box, but it was a great touch and turn barring the poor positioning.
    • 28' Martinez fouls Zurutuza to end another Bilbao swarm.
    • 27' Bilbao aren't going to sit back on this, either - though Iraola's stab at a second assist in as many minutes ends with Muniain being caught offside.
    • 25' They build up a head of steam once more and a series of quick passes leads to a low cross from Iraola... and Susaeta converts at the near post! Bilbao lead!
    • 24' Corner comes to nothing and the hosts break, though they settle for a throw-in.
    • 23' Martinez, that should have been of course. Prieto's low drive from the set piece hits the legs of the wall and goes behind for a corner.
    • 22' Martinex is booked for bringing down Vela JUST outside the box as the on-loan Mexican bombed into central from the left.
    • 21' Griezmann is caught offside on another Sociedad counter.
    • 20' In case you missed it this lunchtime, Zaragoza defeated Villarreal 2-1 to thicken the plot down in the bottom four.
    • 19' This time their short routine gets them nowhere and a long ball from the back eventually goes out for a goal kick.
    • 18' Estrada concedes yet another Bilbao corner as the pressure mounts.
    • 17' Great defending from Martinez to see a ball out for a goal kick under intense harrying from Oscar. Nice sporting pats between the two afterward. Nice marker of the game at its best.
    • 16' But the hosts attack once more soon after and Muniain's through ball is exquisite, only for Bravo to do superbly to beat Susaeta to it before the midfielder can attempt to round him or poke under his arms.
    • 15' Munain just unable to keep a Martinez diagonal alive. Goal kick.
    • 14' Llorente fashions a tame header straight to Bravo.
    • 13' Another Bilbao corner is taken short before Martinez overhits the eventual cross from the left.
    • 12' A Sociedad break goes astray and Iraizoz will take the goal kick.
    • 11' Another corner for Bilbao now, but it's an acrobatic catch from the keeper Bravo.
    • 10' Susaeta's delivery is cleared.
    • 9' Bergara catches Herrera and Bilbao have a free-kick around 30 yards from goal.
    • 8' Oscar is caught offside on the left, trying to collect what was otherwise a great diagonal through pass.
    • 7' Home side finally starting to settle into the match and move the ball around.
    • 6' This one comes to nothing more than a goal kick.
    • 5' Now the visitors win one at the other end off Amorebieta.
    • 4' First corner of the game is conceded by Gonzalez, but Bilbao unable to make anything from it.
    • 2' The visitors start fast and Vela fires off-target following an assist from Zurutuza.
    • 1' And the game is underway.
    • 14:55 TEAMS - Bilbao: Iraizoz, Amorebiera, San Jose, Aurtenetxe, Iraola, Oscar, Martinez, Susaeta, Llorente, Herrera. Subs: Lopez, Del Campo, Raul,Toquero, Perez, Gomez, Ekiza./// Sociedad: Bravo, Martinez, Gonzalez, Cadamuro, Estrada, Aranburu, Larranaga, Griezmann, Preito, Vela, Zurutuza. Subs: Agirretxe, Ansotegui, Llorente, Dimidov, de la Bella, Tono, Pardo.
    • 14:50 Lot more than pride at stake in this local tussle. Three points for the hosts would send them back into fourth place from a very tight mid-table, so tight that 13th-placed Sociedad would shoot into the top half of the table with an away win. La Liga table
    • 14:45 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Basque derby in La Liga, as Athletic Bilbao welcome Real Sociedad to San Mames.
  • Summary

    • 80' SUSAETA! 2-0! Top corner beauty of a set piece!
    • 76' Was a double save in fact from Iraizoz, first from Agirretxe and then from Greizmann.
    • 53' Spectacular drive from outside the box by Vela after moving inside from the right flashes wide of the far post.
    • 47' Sociedad win an early corner, again played short and it allows Prieto to skin his man and fire in the low cross, triggering a goalmouth scramble until Vela pokes home the equaliser! Or does he? No it's not given! Iraizoz ruled to have stopped it just on the line! Bilbao counter... but can't fashion a shot at goal as Herrera scuffs his effort.
    • 45' But here come the hosts again and Llorente meets Oscar's cross! Great save by Bravo! And again as Muniain looks to stab home the rebound! Susaeta now! Triple save!
    • 42' Great skill and control from Llorente inside the box, but he's at an angle on the left and forced to go short to Oscar for a cross. It's cleared only as far as Martinez, whose shot from distance is saved.
    • 39' Susaeta to strike from this one... off the angle! Bounces level with the goal line almost, before catching the back of a helpless Bravo and deflecting the other side of the post. Corner.
    • 25' They build up a head of steam once more and a series of quick passes leads to a low cross from Iraola... and Susaeta converts at the near post! Bilbao lead!
    • 16' But the hosts attack once more soon after and Muniain's through ball is exquisite, only for Bravo to do superbly to beat Susaeta to it before the midfielder can attempt to round him or poke under his arms.
    • 14:55 TEAMS - Bilbao: Iraizoz, Amorebiera, San Jose, Aurtenetxe, Iraola, Oscar, Martinez, Susaeta, Llorente, Herrera. Subs: Lopez, Del Campo, Raul,Toquero, Perez, Gomez, Ekiza./// Sociedad: Bravo, Martinez, Gonzalez, Cadamuro, Estrada, Aranburu, Larranaga, Griezmann, Preito, Vela, Zurutuza. Subs: Agirretxe, Ansotegui, Llorente, Dimidov, de la Bella, Tono, Pardo.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

  • Real Sociedad

    Manager: Philippe Montanier

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