Saturday March 29, 2014 Day 31 Finished San Mamés Barria

Athletic Club 1 - 2 Atlético Madrid

  • Muniain 6’
  • Diego Costa 22’
  • Koke 55’

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  1. Liga - Atletico reclaim top spot with hard-fought win

    Liga - Atletico reclaim top spot with hard-fought win

    Atletico Madrid reclaimed their place at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao. More

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    Time:90'
    • Athletic Club
    • Atlético Madrid
    • 93' FULL-TIME: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid
    • 92' A freekick is punted into the Atletico box, with no less than four players falling over trying to reach it first. The shot eventually comes in from Iraola, but it's cleared and the away team come away on the break, wasting time in the corner.
    • 91' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Atletico Madrid sub: Diego Costa OFF, David Villa ON.
    • 89' Costa has been bundled to the ground by San Jose, with both players challenging for the ball inside the centre circle. It actually looks like Villa is about to come on for the Spanish international striker.
    • 88' After building up such momentum it now looks like Athletic's challenge to the Atletico Madrid goal might be over now.
    • 87' Laporte is shown a second yellow card after bringing down Costa as he dribbled his way through the Athletic defence. But if the referee had just played on a few seconds more, Rodriguez would have been clean through on goal!
    • 86' SENT OFF! Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) - second yellow card
    • 85' Athletic are coming forward. The changes have had their desired effect, with Torquero in particular impressive since coming on. Can they find an equaliser? The San Mames crowd are roaring them on.
    • 84' Only a few yards past the post! Just before the changes Munian cut in off the left wing and winds up his shot from 20 yards out, but with Courtois struggling the ball flashes wide of the target.
    • 83' Atletico Madrid sub: Raul Garcia OFF, Cristian Rodriguez ON.
    • 82' Athletic Bilbao sub: Mikel Rico OFF, Benat Etxeberria ON.
    • 81' Incredible save by Courtois! Torquero stages a cross up into the six yard box, with Aduriz leaping above everyone else to head the ball towards goal. But with it heading towards the top corner the Belgian keeper claws it over the bar!
    • 80' YELLOW CARD: Iker Munian (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 79' Huge claims for a spot kick for the home side! Torquero is felled in the box by Turan but the referee waves away his claims for a penalty. The San Mames is up in arms! It wa a hefty challenge, for sure.
    • 78' So Valderde has changes things up. Will it not have a positive effect on his team in these final 10 minutes or so? Can they claim anything, boosting their own Champions League chances and hurting Atletico's title challenge in the process?
    • 77' Athletic Bilbao sub: Oscar De Marcos OFF, Goazka Toquero ON.
    • 76'
    • 75' There's a confidence about Atletico Madrid at the moment. They're stroking the ball about with ease and are taking the pace and sting out of the game. They're good at that.
    • 74' The introduction of Turan mid-way through the second half actually seems to have freed up Juanfran, who has been up and down the right wing much more than he was in the first half.
    • 73' So finally Valderde makes a change. He's taken off a wide player and thrown on Fernandez, who will partner Aduriz in attack for the final 15 minutes or so of this game. A more conventional approach.
    • 72' Athletic Bilbao sub: Markel Susaeta OFF, Guillermo Fernandez ON.
    • 71' YELLOW CARD: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 70' Still no changes from Valverde. Suprising, given how his team are still in this game, but perhaps only just.
    • 69' A long ball goes over the top of the Athletic Bilbao defence once again, but this time it's slightly too strong and Iraizoz comes off his line (but not too much off his line) to collect the ball with his feet.
    • 68' Costa and Laporte continue their duel, with the teenage defender emerging as the winner on this ocassion. Just before that Atletico attack, Aduriz had claims for a spot kick turned down by the officials.
    • 67' I suspect Valderde might bring on some attacking reinforcements soon. As well as he has done to flick on long passes, Aduriz has struggled to make the ball stick up front on his own. Needs support.
    • 65' Juanfran gets down the right wing and drives a flat cross into the box. But with numbers in short supply he can only find Koke, who guides his weak header past the post. Good play by the fullback though.
    • 64' YELLOW CARD: Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 63' Make no mistake, Athletic are very much still in this game. They can take something from this and in the last few minutes they've started to take control of the pace and direction of the play.
    • 62' Bizarrely, Iraizoz was camped almost on the halfway line as Atletico Madrid came forward, He actually tackled Turan inside the centre circle. What was going on there? What was he thinking?
    • 61' Remember, only a win will take Atletico Madrid back to the top of La Liga tonight, after Barcelona's win over Espanyol earlier. A draw will only keep them in second place, with Real Madrid to play at 9pm.
    • 60' YELLOW CARD: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
    • 59' Decent effort! De Marcos lines up a shot from about 25 yards out, but it takes a hefty deflection off the foot of Miranda, looping up towards goal. But with Courtois scrambling, it goes over.
    • 58' Turan is not the player you want to see come on for the opposition if you've just fallen a goal behind. Poor Athletic. The Turkish international won't let them settle for a moment in the midfield.
    • 57' Atletico Madrid sub: Jose Sosa OFF, Arda Turan OFF.
    • 56' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (56 mins - Koke). The away team takes the lead, with Koke getting his head to Luis's pulled back cross from the byline. Will that be enough for Atletico?
    • 55' And right on cue, here comes Turan. He's stripped and ready to come on at the touchline.
    • 54' I just wonder how long it will be before Turan comes on for Atletico Madrid. Although they probably have been the better team so far, they could still do with his edge and energy in midfield.
    • 53' I can't quite believe that Godin gave up possession in that position. I don't think ever seen a defender lose the ball so cheaply so close to his own goal. De Marcos should have scored.
    • 52'
    • 51' What a chance! Godin gets caught in possession on the edge of his own box, but when the time comes for De Marcos to show a bit of composure he blasts the ball well over the bar. And Godin breathes a sigh of relief.
    • 50' Costa goes down under the challenge of Laporte, but the referee says no penalty. I tell you what, Athletic were somewhat fortunate not to concede a spot kick there. Laporte caught his trailing leg.
    • 49' Iturraspe has been sloppy in general tonight. This time he gives away the ball in the centre of the pitch.
    • 48' Atletico Madrid have started this half well. Athletic are struggling to keep hold of the ball at the moment. Having said that, Godin and Miranda haven't played well tonight so there's always a chance for Athletic.
    • 47' You have to wonder why Valverde is persisting with playing a high line when his team are getting caught out almost every single time.
    • 46' Costa should have scored! Yet again, a long ball over the top causes the home team problems, with Costa beating Balenziaga for pace, but he drags his shot across goal and wide of the target.
    • 45' We're back under way at the San Mames!
    • - What did you make of the first half? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • - That was an excellent first half. Both teams are going for it and have had plenty of chances to take the lead going into the break. Atletico Madrid have work to do in the second half if they are to come away with three points.
    • 45' HALF TIME: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atletico Madrid
    • 44' Well this is a slightly disjointed end to the half but I get the feeling both teams will ramp themselves up for the second half.
    • 43' The referee initially awards a freekick to Costa, then changes his mind and gives it to Athletic and Iraola. But while all this is going on Suarez and Iraizoz get into a tussle in the box. Not sure what was happening there.
    • 42' That's a costly booking for the midfielder Gabi, who will now miss Atletico Madrid's next game, wh9ich so happens to be a home fixture against Villarreal.
    • 41' YELLOW CARD: Gabi Fernandez (Atletico Madrid)
    • 40' Suarez and Sosa are doing little to show they should be first choice players for Atletico Madrid. Simeone's side really is missing Turan and the energy he brings to the side.
    • 39' I know I've said it already, but this has been a fantastic game so far. Really compelling stuff, and even more compelling when you take into account what they're both playing for and what's at stake.
    • 37' But then at times, Athletic have been sloppy themselves. Their tendency to over elaborate things in their own half has cost them once already tonight and if they don't tighten things up it will cost them again!
    • 36' Atletico have looked sloppy at times tonight. For the so-called best defence in La Liga Miranda and Godin have been poor, allowing plenty of chances to the opposition.
    • 35' So close! Aduriz's flicked on header sets Susaeta through on goal, who gets in behind Miranda and beats Courtois to the bouncing ball. But his header flashes just inches past the post. I thought that was in.
    • 34' And now Atletico look like the better team. The flow of this game has swung back and forward, and we're only 35 minutes into the game!
    • 33' What a poor effort! Costa and Luis combine brilliantly, with the fullback getting to the byline down the left wing to play the ball into the box. But after cutting it back for Garcia, the Spaniard skies it over the bar.
    • 32' Athletic play the corner kick short, but whip the ball into the box from a further back position. However, despite Aduriz's aerial presence Courtois gets a little lucky and after a couple of bounces, he claims it.
    • 31' Susaeta goes down under the challenge of Luis, but the referee waves away his claims for a freekick and awards a corner kick instead.
    • 30' Costa is struggling to make the ball stick up front. When he gets the ball there are three Athletic players around him, crowding him out. That's a hallmark of both Valverde and Simeone's coaching.
    • 29' The response over the last few minutes to conceding a goal has been somewhat solid by Athletic. They look more assured now. Panic over.
    • 28' Koke plays a decent freekick into the box looking for Miranda, but the keeper comes off his line to gather. That was interesting, because the Athletic offside trap was broken by about three opposition players.
    • 27' Balenziaga plays a cross into the box, but Sosa blocks it. However, he's paid a price for it as he's now down on the ground holding his groin. Yup, we feel you man. That was a sore one.
    • 26' Athletic just need to settle themselves down now. Their passes are looking slightly ragged and their play in general isn't flowing like it was earlier in the half. They need to remember they're still level.
    • 24' Atletico Madrid come forward down the right side, but when the ball comes into the box Costa clashes heads with Iraola and the freekick is given. That looked sore, although the striker looked to be going for the ball.
    • 23' Garcia plays a corner kick to the front post but Suarez's flick-on is too strong and the ball sails over the bar.
    • 22' Atletico Madrid had been pressuring Athletic in the last few minutes or so, but that goal was all Athletic's own making. The pass from Iturraspe that led to the goal was dreadful.
    • 21' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (21 mins - Diego Costa). Costa levels things up! Iturraspe's pass is cut out by Koke, with Costa sprinting away from San Jose. This time he makes no mistake in rolling the ball into the net.
    • 20' Chance for Costa. The Brazilian born striker latches on to a chipped pass over the top of the Athletic defence, but San Jose recovers well to put pressure on him, forcing him to slice over the bar.
    • 19' Although they're not creating much in the final third, Atletico are seeing more of the ball and are starting to impose themselves on the game. And when they start to do that, you should be worried.
    • 18' Koke has a chance to play a freekick into the box but tries to be clever instead and plays a pass into an empty channel. Costa turns around and berates him teammate for not playing it in the box.
    • 17' Of course, Atletico Madrid are without Arda Turan tonight and they're missing his creativity and tenacity in the line just behind Costa. Sosa and Suarez aren't really doing the job at the moment.
    • 15' Aduriz is fouled by Miranda, and Athletic Bilbao have a good chance from a freekick, but in the end the set piece delivery is too strong and Courtois can gather with relative ease. Expected better.
    • 14' This game has lived up to the billing so far. Both teams are playing at a frantic pace and are surging forward in numbers at the earliest possible opportunity. I expect more goals from this one.
    • 13' And now Athletic come surging forward on the counter attack, but the pass for De Marcos doesn't come quick enough and Miranda comes across to make the interception.
    • 12' What a save! Koke threads a wonderful ball for Costa to run onto. But from a one-on-one situation Iraizoz gets down well to make the save after spreading himself as much as possible. Great chance.
    • 11' And there's what I was talking about. Atletico Madrid win the ball in the centre of midfield, but Sosa doesn't look up when playing his pass and guides the ball into the opposite channel to where Costa is.
    • 10' Costa tries to bundle his way through the Athletic backline but Rico gets a foot in and clears the danger. Fair tackle.
    • 9' Atletico Madrid have yet to find their rythym here. Suarez and Sosa aren't doing much to keep hold of the ball in midfield. Koke needs to get a grip of the game or it could run away from his team.
    • 8' This will be a best test for Laporte. He's just 19 years old and is highly thought of at Athletic Bilbao and throughout Spain. But it's not every week that you come up against a striker like Diego Costa.
    • 7' What start by the home side! They have started brightly but Godin and Miranda were slow to react to the threat, but Munian certainly wasn't. He was onto it in a flash!
    • 6' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 (6 mins - Iker Munian) Atletico Madrid 0. Munian nets the opener! The Atletico defence goes to sleep, failing to deal with a long ball forward. Munian's pace gets him there first and flicks the ball over Courtois and just under the bar.
    • 5' Athletic have started well, which isn't too surprising considering how good they are at the San Mames. However, Atletico broke their unbeaten run in the new stadium when they came here in the cup. Can they do it again?
    • 4' Athletic are without midfielder Ander Herrera, who is suspended. In comes Mikel Rico and Ituuraspe, who aren't bad in their own right!
    • 3' Of course, this is also a big game for Athletic Bilbao, who are looking to qualify for next season's Champions League. Sevilla's defeat against Celta Vigo has boosted their chances so they will be pumped up for this.
    • 2' So can Atletico Madrid re-claim top spot in La Liga following Barcelona's win over Espanyol a couple hours ago? They've passed so many tests this season. Can they pass this one against Athletic Bilbao?
    • 1' We're under way at the San Mames!
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Athletic - Iraizoz, Iraola, San Jose, Laporte, Balenziaga, Iturraspe, Rico, Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain, Aduriz /// Atletico - Courtois, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Luis, Suarez, Gabi, Koke, Sosa, Garcia, Costa.
    • 18:50 I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter ahead of the game. Can Athletic Bilbao continue their good home form or will Atletico Madrid beat them, just like they did in the Copa? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the crucial Spanish league clash between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the San Mames. Kick-off: 19:00.
  • Summary

    • 87' Laporte is shown a second yellow card after bringing down Costa as he dribbled his way through the Athletic defence. But if the referee had just played on a few seconds more, Rodriguez would have been clean through on goal!
    • 86' SENT OFF! Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) - second yellow card
    • 84' Only a few yards past the post! Just before the changes Munian cut in off the left wing and winds up his shot from 20 yards out, but with Courtois struggling the ball flashes wide of the target.
    • 81' Incredible save by Courtois! Torquero stages a cross up into the six yard box, with Aduriz leaping above everyone else to head the ball towards goal. But with it heading towards the top corner the Belgian keeper claws it over the bar!
    • 80' YELLOW CARD: Iker Munian (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 79' Huge claims for a spot kick for the home side! Torquero is felled in the box by Turan but the referee waves away his claims for a penalty. The San Mames is up in arms! It wa a hefty challenge, for sure.
    • 71' YELLOW CARD: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 64' YELLOW CARD: Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
    • 60' YELLOW CARD: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
    • 59' Decent effort! De Marcos lines up a shot from about 25 yards out, but it takes a hefty deflection off the foot of Miranda, looping up towards goal. But with Courtois scrambling, it goes over.
    • 56' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (56 mins - Koke). The away team takes the lead, with Koke getting his head to Luis's pulled back cross from the byline. Will that be enough for Atletico?
    • 51' What a chance! Godin gets caught in possession on the edge of his own box, but when the time comes for De Marcos to show a bit of composure he blasts the ball well over the bar. And Godin breathes a sigh of relief.
    • 50' Costa goes down under the challenge of Laporte, but the referee says no penalty. I tell you what, Athletic were somewhat fortunate not to concede a spot kick there. Laporte caught his trailing leg.
    • 46' Costa should have scored! Yet again, a long ball over the top causes the home team problems, with Costa beating Balenziaga for pace, but he drags his shot across goal and wide of the target.
    • 41' YELLOW CARD: Gabi Fernandez (Atletico Madrid)
    • 35' So close! Aduriz's flicked on header sets Susaeta through on goal, who gets in behind Miranda and beats Courtois to the bouncing ball. But his header flashes just inches past the post. I thought that was in.
    • 33' What a poor effort! Costa and Luis combine brilliantly, with the fullback getting to the byline down the left wing to play the ball into the box. But after cutting it back for Garcia, the Spaniard skies it over the bar.
    • 21' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (21 mins - Diego Costa). Costa levels things up! Iturraspe's pass is cut out by Koke, with Costa sprinting away from San Jose. This time he makes no mistake in rolling the ball into the net.
    • 20' Chance for Costa. The Brazilian born striker latches on to a chipped pass over the top of the Athletic defence, but San Jose recovers well to put pressure on him, forcing him to slice over the bar.
    • 12' What a save! Koke threads a wonderful ball for Costa to run onto. But from a one-on-one situation Iraizoz gets down well to make the save after spreading himself as much as possible. Great chance.
    • 6' GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 1 (6 mins - Iker Munian) Atletico Madrid 0. Munian nets the opener! The Atletico defence goes to sleep, failing to deal with a long ball forward. Munian's pace gets him there first and flicks the ball over Courtois and just under the bar.

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  • Athletic Club

    Manager: Ernesto Valverde

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Diego Simeone

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