- 1-1 in San Mamés.Narration and statistics
Athletic shot 22 times, tried 52 centers in the area and took 13 corner kicks - which were exactly 13 more than Celta - but failed to win. And not only that, but for many minutes, until Fran Beltrán put his hand where he should not and caused a penalty, he ran the serious risk of adding the second defeat of the season in San Mamés. Athletic cursed his tremendous flaw in the face of goal in a match in which he was much better than Celtic, although he was not able to reflect it on the scoreboard. He only lacked the goal that is the only thing worth in this sport. Because playing well is scoring more goals than your rival, everything else is hollow and populist speeches of false and pretended moral superiority. Birds and flowers
Athletic have long since eradicated their ambitions to conquer that apocryphal Eden and doing well, no matter how much they tie four draws and a defeat in their last five league games. His lack of goal in these days has prevented him from taking advantage of the mistakes of his direct rivals to take advantage of the fight for Europe, but Garitano will think - and rightly so - that maintaining this line will allow him to grow in the coming weeks.
He will not see the future with the same optimism Óscar García, because he knows that the point of San Mamés will not be repeated many times if he is not able to propose a different script. To collect fruits you have to sow and before Athletic did not do it, no matter how much you achieved a draw. The Catalan coach has a job to avoid the descent at the end of the season. The incorporation of Murillo, yes, will help you in that mission, as you well demonstrated in Bilbao.
Five in 12 minutes
Back to his traditional 4-2-3-1 after the bet of the three centrals that achieved two draws at the Bernabéu and the Pizjuán, Athletic was in the first minutes of the duel what it usually is in San Mamés. He left the locker room like a plane, ready to eat the grass, and that was reflected on five clear occasions in the first 12 minutes. But, of course, it was that none of them ended up in goal. In fact, Rubén did not intervene in any of them except in which it almost becomes a goal of the Murillo debutante, after a bad start of the goalkeeper to tackle a center of Williams, the most active of the rojiblancos from the right wing.
Overcome the suffocation of those initial minutes of harassment and demolition, Celta finally appeared at the meeting to find the pause he so urgently needed. Aspas, always he, assumed the mission in first person, going down to receive the ball and circulating it to stop the momentum of Athletic. In attack, however, he only had a couple of occasions, one of Rafinha that Herrerín - entitled by the mumps of Unai Simón - stopped easily and another that Santi Mina failed incomprehensibly in the second suit, when he only had to push it. He compensated the header that, minutes before, Muniain had sent Rubén Blanco's gloves - good reflections from his - from the small area.
Rafinha from the front
The second half began as the first had done, with Athletic dump and Celtic shrinking water and grabbing Murillo and Rubén. In the middle of the gale, after four clear occasions of the rojiblancos, the Galicians saw the light thanks to a shot of Rafinha from the frontal. The ball, finished in semi-arid, slipped past the goal of Herrerín's goal and broke the match in the light. No one in San Mamés could believe it, but Celta had stepped forward and was preparing to place a large bus to retain its unexpected advantage.
From there to the end, Athletic put in gale mode to hang balls to the area again and again and put together shots that rarely found goal. The respite was found by Garitano in a penalty by Beltrán, cutting a center of Muniain. Raúl García was responsible for transforming it when there was a quarter of an hour to go. The tie did not alter the script of a meeting monopolized by Athletic in the final stretch. Villalibre and Raúl García had the victory in their boots at the discount, but by then it was already clear that it was not a good day for the attackers.
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- Raul Garcia
- Iago Aspas
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- Athletic Bilbao
- RC Celta of Vigo
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