Saturday December 17, 2011 Day 17 Finished San Mamés

Athletic Club 2 - 1 Real Zaragoza

  • Susaeta 7’
  • Toquero 87’
  • Ponzio 22’ (pen.)

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  1. Athletic win stormy encounter

    Athletic win stormy encounter

    A late goal from Gaizka Toquero helped Athletic Bilbao to a stormy 2-1 Liga victory against Real Zaragoza that ended 10 versus 10. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Athletic Club
    • Real Zaragoza
    • 90+4' There's the final whistle! They had to do it the hard way, but Athletic Bilbao get a valuable victory to go into the winter break on a high. Zaragoza, however, stay bottom.
    • 90+3' Athletic work the ball inside from a corner and Ibai Gomez fires a volley over the bar.
    • 90+2' A frustrated, nasty challenge from Juarez on Muniain, and that's another yellow card.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to play.
    • 90' A great reception for Toquero as he comes off, and David Lopez replaces him.
    • 89' Zaragoza are just lumping it forward now, but in truth they just look shattered.
    • 88' Well, you have to say that is a degree of justice in light of the referee's decisions which have gone largely (though not entirely) against the home side.
    • 87' GOOOOOLLL!! Toquero has surely won it for Athletic Bilbao! De Marcos finds some space on the right, he crosses low and Toquero bundles home his second goal of the season!
    • 85' An Athletic corner is cleared and the visitors try to break... a poor pass undermines Zaragoza.
    • 84' Whistles continue to ring out around the stadium. There is a definite feeling that the referee has been far too influential in this game.
    • 82' It's a free-kick for Athletic, but Muniain's delivery into the box is easily cleared.
    • 81' So, can we find a winner in the dying minutes here?
    • 79' There's another offside flag up against Athletic, but this time it is spot on. Well, even a blind pig finds a truffle every now and then.
    • 78' Athletic change: Ibai Gomez is on for Susaeta.
    • 77' The ref has got his cards out again, and it's Ander Herrera who is in the book. He looks incredulous at the decision.
    • 75' Another change for Zaragoza - Zuculini is on for Antonio Tomas.
    • 73' OFFSIDE! De Marcos slides the ball into the net but the goal won't count! The linesman has his flag up, and the replay shows the Athletic man was JUST ONSIDE! A tight decision, but another wrong one.
    • 72' And an immediate defensive change from Zaragoza - Abraham comes on for Helder Postiga.
    • 70' The balance has surely just tipped back in Athletic's favour. It's 10-a-side and the hosts must be favourites.
    • 69' It's a second yellow card for Lanzaro! We are down to 10 aside! At first loom it seemed a blatant handball, but in fact the ball deflected off his leg as he tried to charge down a pass. I think he's a bit unlucky there. Not as bad a decision as the Javi Martinez red, mind you.
    • 68' Lanzaro commits a handball in midfield and he could be in trouble here.. he's been booked already!
    • 66' Lanzaro makes a superbly-timed challenge to deny Toquero in the Zaragoza box - corner Athletic.
    • 64' Susaeta and Paredes challenge for a ball in the air, and the Athletic man is adjudged to have pushed his opponent. Whatever you say, ref...
    • 63' Great move down the Athletic left - Ander pulls the ball back towards Toquero, but a defender gets to it first and clears it into the striker's arm. Handball.
    • 61' Ander is flagged offside. Wrongly.
    • 60' Another decent spell of possession for the hosts, who are more than holding their own with 10 men.
    • 59' Helder Postiga is the latest to be booked - another vaguely naughty jump penalised.
    • 57' Zaragoza have brought Orti on for Edu Oriol, and he annoucnes his introduction with a deft flick.
    • 56' Pacy free-kick fired into the Athletic box... it skips away for a goal kick.
    • 54' Chance for Toquero, who brings a decent save from Roberto, but he has already been flagged offside.
    • 53' Lafita hits a powerful shot from wide on the left that Iraizoz pushes over the bar. Decent effort.
    • 51' Toquero delivers a swirling cross from the Athletic left... Roberto punches clear.
    • 50' Pacy ball down the left for Toquero to chase... he's a hard worker but he can't reach that.
    • 49' Susaeta crosses from the right towards Toquero... it's a dangerous ball headed behind for a corner.
    • 47' Marcelo Bielsa has very largely stuck to his guns and kept going forward despite being down to 10 men - and Athletic look pretty good at the moment.
    • 46' Second half under way! No further personnel changes from either manager.
    • 45+2' A chorus of jeers greets the half-time whistle. It's one each at the end of a bizarre first half.
    • 45+1' Pinter fouls Ander and it's a chance for Athletic in the dying second of the half... fired over.
    • 45' One minute of added time to be played.
    • 43' Ander plays it into the Zaragoza box, and the ball nearly breaks for Toquero. He just loses out.
    • 42' Muniain is pulling the strings in the Athletic midfield. A fine performance from him so far.
    • 40' Zaragoza look to nick one on the break but Amorebieta does a good job tidying up at the back, and Athletic regroup.
    • 39' It's Athletic who are back on top now. They certainly look the likelier scorers.
    • 37' Yellow card to Tomas for shirt-pulling. Bookings galore.
    • 36' Muniain sprints through the middle - great dribbling - but the pass to Toquero is overhit.
    • 34' Despite their numerical deficit, Athletic have still got 72 per cent possession.
    • 33' Foul on Ander - a former Zaragoza player - by the visiting captain Ponzio. I would not be at all surprised if we see another red card tonight.
    • 32' Muniain twists and turns in the Zaragoza box but cannot get the shot away.
    • 31' Another yellow card, this time to Lafita for jumping into Amorebieta. He picks up a suspension for that.
    • 29' Unsurprisingly, the red card has changed this game utterly. It's Zaragoza completely on top here.
    • 27' Real chance for Zaragoza as Lafita helps a corner on to Lanzaro who comes sliding in at the far post but cannot reach it!
    • 26' The ball goes out for what looks like a goal kick but the linesman awards a corner! Juan Carlos's delivery is deep but lafita cannot force the ball goalwards at the back post.
    • 24' Lazaro jumps with his arms out, and is shown a yellow card by referee Perez Montero.
    • 23' Over on the touchline, Marcelo Bielsa is raging, and well he might. He'll have to make a change now to bring on another centre-back.
    • 22' GOOOOOL! Ponzio hammers the penalty into the bottom left corner as Iraizoz dives the other way! Zaragoza are on terms and will play 70 minutes against 10 men. The crowd are livid.
    • 21' PENALTY ZARAGOZA!! AND A RED CARD!! Javi Martinez is off and this changes everything! He slid in on Lafita and appeared to get the ball, but the referee has made a massive, game-changing call!
    • 20' The rain continues to teem down. It's a dismal evening in northern Spain.
    • 19' Amorebieta goes down in the Zaragoza box under a challenge from Lanzaro - the penalty appeals are rejected by referee Perez Montero. And rightly so.
    • 17' Amorebieta! His header takes a deflection off his own man Toquero and grazes the post on its way wide. Inexplicably, Athletic are awarded another corner.
    • 16' Perez finds Muniain in the Zaragoza box, but he cannot get his shot away and the ball is nipped away for a corner.
    • 14' Iturraspe finds Toquero through the right channel but he cannot deliver the ball into the box. Great ball from Iturraspe though.
    • 12' Here come Zaragoza down the left, but Juan Carlos cannot maintain the momentum.
    • 11' Athletic are content to knock the ball around among themselves at the moment. The visitors are not offering much, but at least they haven't been sliced open again...
    • 10' Athletic win a corner, though nothing comes of it... they are completely on top here.
    • 8' I can't emphasise enough the extent to which Zaragoza's defence has been torn to shreds early on.
    • 7' GOOOOLL!! Athletic lead after Susaeta races through the offside trap for the third time in seven minutes! This time he takes the ball round Roberto and tucks the ball into the empty net. Utterly abysmal defending from Zaragoza.
    • 5' Roberto to the rescue again!! Athletic carve through Zaragoza again, Susaeta has another crack and the keeper produces a second great save!
    • 4' Great save by Roberto! Susaeta broke through the offside trap after a ricochet, but the Zaragoza keeper is equal to it!
    • 3' It is a cool evening, 6C with showers in the Basque Country. Plenty of empty seats in the exposed front rows - but a decent crowd at San Mames.
    • 2' Chipped into the box by Susaeta from the right, but it's over Toquero who is standing in for Llorente tonight.
    • 1' Game on! Zaragoza kick off, playing from right to left as we see it. Athletic in classic red and white stripes, Zaragoza in white shirts and blue shorts.
    • 18:57 Results from the early games - a late Sergio Garcia goal has given Espanyol a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon, while Getafe have beaten Mallorca by the same scoreline. Scores and scorers
    • 18:55 Athletic are without their top scorer Fernando Llorente tonight. The Spain international was expected to return from injury tonight but he is not even on the bench.
    • 18:50 Our referee is Senor Perez Montero from Andalucia.
    • 18:45 Tonight's odds: Athletic are 4/9 to take the points, Zaragoza are 6/1 and you can get the draw at 10/3.
    • 18:40 This is an opportunity for Athletic to go seven in the table. A win here will send them ahead of Osasuna on goal difference. Real Zaragoza lie bottom of the table but can go level on points with 19th-place Racing Santander if they upset the odds tonight.
    • 18:35 ATHLETIC: Iraizoz, Aurtenetxe, Amorebieta, Javi Martinez, Marcos, Perez, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Ander, Muniain, Toquero... Subs: Fernandez, Ekizam Jose, Lopez, Gabilondo, De Galarreta, Gomez. /// ZARAGOZA: Roberto. Juarez, Pinter, Lanzaro, Paredes, Tomas, Pinzio, Oriol, Lafita, Carlos, Postiga... Subs: Falcon, Abraham, Mayor, Zuculini, Orti, Garcia, Barrera.
    • 18:30 Welcome to live coverage of Athletic Bilbao v Real Zaragoza from San Mames.
  • Summary

    • 73' OFFSIDE! De Marcos slides the ball into the net but the goal won't count! The linesman has his flag up, and the replay shows the Athletic man was JUST ONSIDE! A tight decision, but another wrong one.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Athletic Club

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

  • Real Zaragoza

    Manager: Javier Aguirre

  • Line-up

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