Athletic and Eibar equalized in San Mamés a match in which Athletic had more chances, especially in the second half, and made Eibar happier, visibly satisfied in the second half with the 1-1 that they certified before the break Yuri Berchiche and Kike García.
The one of the rojiblanco side was a tremendous volley goal, to a good center from Oscar de Marcos, and that of the gunsmith striker taking advantage of a tremendous error by Unai López, who stole the ball and then beat Unai Simón with quality.
Even without bringing him too close to the European zone of the table, this result of 1-1 that so displeases his coach Marcelino García Toral so much at least it helps Athletic to gain a couple of positions in the table, in which provisionally ninth.
Eibar does not leave the descent with the tie, but it does approach a point to the team that marks the salvation, Elche, which visits Getafe on Sunday.
Although Marcelino put the team that is presumed to start the Cup final on April 3 against Real Sociedad in Seville in contention, Eibar started the game better, threatening it with a shot from Kike García that ended the corner. But the one that gave was Athletic. With a volley from Yuri that almost passed and Dmitrovic who could not do anything before the missile from Zarautz. It was a throw-in play that the locals usually take advantage of. De Marcos put the ball into play, Berenguer returned it to him from the wall and the center of the side was finished off by the other side completing a goal to frame.
That play led to a reprimand from José Luis Mendilibar to Bryan Gil, one of the three internationals on Luis Enrique’s last list who were on the field with Unai Simón and Iñigo Martínez. The young man from Barbate did not follow Yuri and the one from Zarautz finished off completely alone.
The clash turned red and white, but a very serious error by Unai López gave Kike García the opportunity to equalize things. The Donostiarra liked the ball at his feet, despite the threat from Kike and Gil, the ball went away and the Cuenca striker took advantage of the gift to beat Simón with finesse.
The meeting was matched again with discontinuous arrivals and without too many occasions. The clearest one in a great play by Bryan Gil, went up to three times by Yeray before the brave center-back from Biscay made it difficult for him to make the final shot so that it would arrive meekly at the hands of the international goal. The best of Athletic, in a very active but shallow first half by Williams, It was a header from Íñigo from Berenguer’s corner kick that went high to the central defender from Ondarroa.
The rojiblancos returned better from the locker room, in which Marcelino changed the middle pair in the center to give entry to Dani García and Vencedor. With them on the field, Athletic improved and began to put Eibar in serious difficulties that did not stop conceding corners and saw the 2-1 close.
First in a Williams race, passed by Raúl García, in which Oliveira crossed paths; then De Marcos shot with the gut, to the center of Muniain, who cleared a corner Dmitrovic in a great save; and on a third occasion in a Berenguer’s double shot on a free kick from the edge of the area.
That is where Athletic’s eagerness came, which was blurred with the subsequent changes, although Morcillo did contribute, and who was penalized by an unfortunate afternoon in Williams’ auction. Al Eibar, who in the entire second half did not come close to Simón, the draw was worth it and it served him to at least add in the delicate situation in which he continues.
1 – Athletic: Unai Simón; De Marcos, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, Yuri; Berenguer (Ibai, m.74), Unai López (Winner, m.46), Vesga (Dani García, m.46), Muniain (Morcillo, m.74); Raúl García (Villalibre, m.69) and Williams.
1 – Eibar: Dmitrovic; Pozo, Paulo Oliveira, Arbilla, Soares; Sergio Alvarez, Diop; Bryan Gil, Aleix García (Pedro León, Kevin Rodrígues (Inui, m.70); and Kike García (Quique González, m.91).
Goals: 1-0, m.9: Yuri. 1-1, m.17: Kike García.
Referee: Valentín Pizarro Gómez. He showed a yellow card to the local Íñigo Martínez (m.56) and the visitor Pozo (m.73).
VAR Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee).
Incidents: LaLiga Santander match day 28 played in San Mamés behind closed doors. In the second half, a drone fell onto the pitch and had to be removed.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.