Athletic with foot and a half outside the Europa League

The Bilbao team has returned to pay the two great deficiencies that it is showing this season: the lack of success against the rival goal, against which he has missed a good number of opportunities to score, and a great defensive weakness that has allowed an important but not particularly offensive rival to score three goals. Those of Marcelo Bielsa, who have returned to be seen from behind on the scoreboard, has come to dream of the comeback, but a mistake by Iker Muniain, not corrected by Gorka Iraizoz, gave rise to 2-3 and almost to his elimination from the Europa League.

Gomis and Gourcuff advanced 0-2 Lyon in the first half; Herrera and Aduriz, this penalty to Herrera himself, fueled rojiblancas hopes in the first ten minutes of the second half; but Lacazette closed the clash with a 2-3 That ended the faith of the locals, a casting of Muniain on the left wing, badly finished, and a distant volley from Herrera after a clearance by Vercoutre who did not find a goal advanced for the minute 7 Athletic's intentions to rush the European options that remain.

But those two plays also made it clear that the Bilbao team has a hard time turning their chances into goals, something that paid hard next. Especially in the second half of the first half and already with 0-1 on the scoreboard, the centrals Bisevac and Lovren threatened in the minutes 11 Y 13, and Gomis hit the 22.

The French striker finished off only in the small area a cross from the right of Gourcuff in a set-piece move, hitting Athletic and closing in on Vercoutré's goal, who was shown as a great goalkeeper stopping two hard shots from De Marcos and Iraola in the minutes 28 Y 40. The second of those interventions, spectacular.In the middle of those occasions other two of Gurpegui in individual heads in set pieces.

The second, shortly in a corner, He took it out under Reveillere sticks when he sneaked in. But not only did Athletic not manage to draw, But he even received a second goal before half-time, which was added when Gourcuff put an Iraizoz clearance on the penalty spot and after a first shot by Gomis., Gomis himself could have scored the second goal for his team in a monumental oversight of the local defense, which allowed him to finish off only a distant center at the far post.

The ball hit the post, but Bielsa's men were not dead. And they showed it back from the changing rooms, since in ten minutes they tied the game, Herrera scored first in the 48 taking advantage of a hubbub within the visiting area, from which the goal Vercoutre went wrong, and seven minutes later Aduriz, after a clear penalty from Gonalons to Herrera.

The San Sebastian striker scored his eleventh goal of the season, the third in Europe, cheating Vercoutre from eleven meters Ibai sought the third seconds later with a volley, but a serious mistake by Muniain on the baseline of his own goal, where Gomis stole the ball.

The visiting striker entered the area alone and gave Lacazette to score with a shot at the short post that left Irazoz in a bad place, that goal cut the wings of a team that did not have anything to do with the entry of Llorente by Aduriz, a change protested by the public of San Mamés, something unusual about Marcelo Bielsa's decisions.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982
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