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Thunderbolt infarct triumph from Radamel Falcao in a duel that started very emotional and ended up going, as is tradition in La Liga, until 97 ‘. Alvaro Garcia put the 0-1 to the first of changes with a petroleum jelly and Ciss, after a millimeter service of Iker Muniain, the 1-1 was introduced in the goal of Dimitrievski. The game died in the second, but Falcao He was in charge of turning it on again at the last minute to endorse Athletic’s first league defeat. Andoni Iraola’s set will sleep in Champions.
Simon; Lekue, Iñigo, Núñez, de Marcos; Muniain (Berenguer, 69 ‘), Vesga (Dani García, 75’), Zarraga (Winner, 69 ‘), Nico Williams (Morcillo, 74’); Villalibre, Raúl García (Iñaki Williams, 63 ‘).
Dimitrievski; Fran García, Catena, Maras, Balliu; Unai (Falcao, 76 ‘), Ciss (Valentín, 58’), Comesaña; Álvaro García (Baby, 80 ‘), Guardiola (Nteka, 58’), Isi (Kevin Rodrígues, 80 ‘).
0-1 M.5 Álvaro García. 1-1 M.32 Ciss, own. 1-2 M.96 Falcao
Munuera Montero (Andalusian). AT: Núñez (16 ‘), Muniain (56’), Iñigo (93 ‘) / Catena (7’), Guardiola (41 ‘), Maras (83’)
Match played in San Mamés before 31,786 spectators.
No time to settle on the grass of San Mamés, Rayo I had already put the direct. Sergi Guardiola stole Vesga with Athletic blurred and field to run, fixed the centrals to enable Alvaro Garcia, and he appeared on the left to overcome Unai Simón with a very precise chop.
Athletic did not fit the 0-1 well and Rayo kept moving with a lot of freedom by local field. The first replica of the lions arrived after 20 minutes of the match and as a result of their first long possession of the. The ball ended up in feet of Nico Williams, who hit hard and placed from the top of the area, but was deflected by a defender. Minutes later and with little offensive projection in play, Muniain forced a foul near the corner and he himself was in charge of putting it with a center measured to the heart of the area. The ball got poisoned and Ciss, in his attempt to clear, he headed into the meshes. 1-1.
It cost him to leave with the ball played to Marcelino’s squad, who lost several dangerous balls in the creation zone throughout the first half. Activation of Villalibre and Nico in attack -to make up for the absence of Zarraga and Vesga- he helped get rid of the Ray, which was clearly from more to less. Nico himself, in fact, was able to complete the comeback a few minutes before the break, but his shot, a pass from Raul Garcia, it ended up crossing too much.
The second half started more electric if possible than the first. Game of areas, without good finishes, but not without rest. The electricity, with the passing of the minutes and the changes, gave way to the disconnection and the game passed without pain or glora until the last bars. Athletic tried with strategy, but it lacked forcefulness in the final meters. Meanwhile, Rayo defended themselves comfortably and without the suffocating pressure that Athletic tried to install in some sections of the first half.
Already with the time fulfilled, he had it Black pudding in 94 ‘to the center of Iñaki Williams, although it would not be the last. Iñigo committed a foul on the edge of the local area and Baby executed it with a very hard hit to the heart of the small area. Ball practically irrematable that of the Portuguese, but it appeared Falcao to stick his head in and leave San Mamés in silence. Award for the ‘tiger’. Disappointment for the lions.