A fantastic match was played at “San Mames” in one of the derbies of the second round of La Liga.
The host Athletic offered more than satisfactory resistance against Barcelona, and it could very easily have happened to defeat the favored rival.
Barcelona entered the match in a good mood after the 4: 2 victory over Sociedad, while Bilbao played a goalless draw against Elche in the first round.
The guests were the first to score in the seventh minute. Depaj made a great breakthrough on the right side, centered in the opponent’s five-pointer, and there Brightwhite shot and sent the ball far above the goal.
Three minutes later, Bilbao missed two chances. First, Williams’ shot was well defended by Neto, and in the continuation of the action, Sunset hit the crossbar.
By the end of the first half, several more excitements were seen in front of both goals, but there was no change in the result.
Barcelona did shake Bilbao’s net in the 44th minute, but Araujo’s goal with “scissors” was annulled due to a previous foul in the attack.
The match at “San Mames” had everything, it was dynamic, full of excitement and chances, but goals were missing.
They came in the second part. The second half started with a huge chance for Bilbao, as Neto reacted very badly and left an empty net behind. However, the sacrificed Araujo threw the ball from the goal line at Williams’ shot.
However, Bilbao reached its deserved goal four minutes later. It was played in the 50th minute, when Muniain took a sharp corner, and Inigo Martinez escaped Garcia and was the best in the jump in the opponent’s penalty area.
It was expected that Barcelona would play more directly and better after the conceded goal, and that Bilbao’s pressure would drop, but that did not happen.
The home side stood high on the opponent’s half and made it as difficult as possible for the opponent to distribute the ball from the back line.
However, after 70 minutes of play, Bilbao was slowly losing strength, and Barcelona was finally gaining confidence.
First, De Jong hit the crossbar, and in the 75th minute, the guests equalized.
Roberto took the ball in the opponent’s half and hired Depay, and with his left foot he launched the ball into the opponent’s fork for 1: 1.
Barcelona could have won by the end of the match, but from a similar, perhaps better situation, Depaj sent the ball next to the goal this time.
It is also worth noting that Eric Garcia (who found out about the death of a family member a few minutes before the start of the match) earned a red card in the referee’s compensation. However, Bilbao did not use that to change the result.
La Liga, second round:
Friday: Betis – Cadiz 1: 1
Alaves – Mallorca 0: 1
Espanyol – Villarreal 0: 0
Granada – Valencia 1: 1
Bilbao – Barcelona 1: 1
Sociedad – Rayo Vallecano
Atletico Madrid – Elche
Levante – Real Madrid
Getafe – Sevilla
Osasuna – Celta