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Athletic rescued some extent in San Mamés within the final breath, in a shot by Villalibre after the error of Herrera, who collided with Catena when making an attempt to seize the ball. It was the reward for insistence for a pink and white group that attempted in each potential approach to stability the match towards an Osasuna that, with 0-2 in favor, devoted itself to sustaining the end result.



Unai Simón, Lekue, Daniel Vivian, Yuri, De Marcos, Muniain (Raúl García, min. 63), Berenguer (Villalibre, min. 45), Vesga (Benat Prados, min. 63), Nico Williams (Malcom Adu, min. 76), Ander Herrera (Unai Gómez, min. 63) and Williams



Herrera, Jorge Herrando, Jesús Areso (Jorge Moreno, min. 75), Mojica, Catena, Lucas Torró, Rubén Peña (Aimar Oroz, min. 68), Pablo Ibáñez, Rubén García, Iker Muñoz and Raul García de Haro (Arnáiz, min. 76)

Goals 0-1 min. 40: Raul García de Haro. 0-2 min. 47: Rubén García. 1-2 min. 57: Williams. 2-2 min. 95: Villalibre.

Referee José María Sánchez Martínez

Yellow playing cards Yuri (min. 21), Jorge Herrando (min. 34), Ander Herrera (min. 46), Pablo Ibáñez (min. 55), Catena (min. 73) and Rubén García (min. 91)

The crux of the primary half got here across the fortieth minute, when after Iker Muniain scored a aim that the VAR annulled as a result of Berenguer had his bottom in an offside place, Osasuna responded in a fast motion that ended with a shot into Mojica's aim that Raúl deflected into the online to place the guests forward.

Athletic introduced a really totally different group than ordinary. The casualties have accrued in current weeks, and attributable to numerous circumstances: from the expulsion of the 2 centre-backs, Yeray and Paredes, which pressured Valverde to improvise with Lekue, to Guruzeta's acute appendicitis. Sancet just isn’t there both, and never even Valverde himself, who like his colleague Arrasate, needed to watch the sport from the stands.

After the tribute to Raúl García by each groups, Athletic got here out eager to resolve instantly. On the primary method to aim, Herrando blocked the shot of Nico Williams, who was aiming for Herrera's aim.

But the defensive imbalances, with an improvised line, have been already starting to overwhelm Athletic. Shortly after Bilbao's first alternative, an error by Berenguer, who threw the ball into his personal half, precipitated a counterattack that Lekue saved, taking the ball away from Rubén García on the final second. Although the sport didn’t cease, and earlier than the tenth minute Herrera had to make use of himself on a shot from Nico, which was being a nightmare for Areso, who needed to begin receiving defensive assist to cease the little Williams.

The recreation calmed down a bit, and even after minute 30, Osasuna started to stretch considerably. But the motion of the aim disallowed by Muniain and the one scored by Osasuna that was value it got here and the sport modified.

As quickly because the second half started, Osasuna acquired the second, in an extended ball that Rubén García acquired in the course of a distraction from the red-and-white protection and it appeared that all the pieces was over.

But Athletic insisted and didn’t quit. He continued taking part in as if nothing was taking place, and took benefit of a mistake by Mojica, who cleared poorly, to shut the hole with a cross shot from Iñaki Williams that slipped into the highest nook.

He insisted and insisted from that second, with Osasuna within the space, making an attempt to neutralize the pink and white assaults. Both groups put in recent legs to face the apparent fatigue of a recreation with out timeouts, and Athletic didn’t quit on their intentions. Fortune smiled on him in stoppage time, when there have been barely 60 seconds left within the additional time indicated by the referee. After a ball that Raúl García stole, the ball reached De Marcos; Herrera and Catena collided whereas making an attempt to clear, and the ball fell to Villalibre, who pushed to tie. The Buffalo nonetheless had one other one, however the header got here out too centered.

Osasuna left annoyed by what may have been a victory and was not, and Athletic, regardless of a draw that turns the Champions League right into a chimera, happy for not having given up till the final second.

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