Register Login Scores

International

Atletico Bounce Back Against Bilboa

Athletic Bilboa failed to hold onto their lead as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid at the San Mamés Stadium in a La Liga encounter on Saturday evening. 

The hosts took the lead after just six minutes but were struck by a goal in each half by the title chasers, while Aymeric Laporte was sent off in the closing minutes of the match. 

Having seen Sevilla surprisingly suffer a defeat to Celta Vigo, it was up to Athletic Bilboa to secure a win in order to move nine points clear in fourth place. 

And they couldn’t have asked for a better start if they wanted to, cracking the deadlock after just six minutes. Iker Muniain latched on to a clever pass and found the back of the net with a brilliant chip shot goal form outside the penalty area. 

But there lead was taken away from them on 22 minutes after Koke showed some great vision to send a pass to Diego Costa. The 25-year-old showed great composure inside the box to bury the ball into the bottom right corner. 

It was so nearly 2-1 for the home side a quarter of an hour later but Markel Susaeta was found guilty of wasting a golden opportunity from inside the 6-yard box. He pounced on a rebound to head the ball just wide of the right post.

Fortunes were reverse at the restart when Koke did well to meet a cross inside the box to stick a perfect header low inside the right post.

Aritz Aduriz created some space for himself inside the goal-mouth, striking an accurate header which would have ended under the bar, but Thibault Courtois pulled off a superb reflex save to keep Madrid in the lead. 

Bilboa could have snatched a point in the final ten minutes. A brilliant cross into the box found Aritz Aduriz, who directed his header towards the roof of the net, only to see the goalkeeper make a fine reflex save.

To make matters worse, Bilboa were reduced to ten men in the final moments of the match after Aymeric Laporte was booked for a second offence. 

Other results: Celta Vigo-Sevilla (1-0)

Sevilla’s hopes of a Champions League berth suffered a set-back as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Celta Vigo. 

The home side came into the match with a purpose, as they were six points away from robbing Athletic Bilbao of their Champions League spot, and were hoping to pounce on Celta’s poor home form. 

It was a rather dreary affair in the early stages of the encounter and it saw the half end in a goalless affair. 

Celta literally snatched the victory at the death of the encounter after Fazio was whistled for a handball inside the box. Nolito fired in the game winning shot with three minutes to go, converting from 11 meters. 

nextarticle

Bundesliga Wrap

56 comments

Top 5

UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

13 Jan 15, 2020 02:46 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Highlands Set Record Straight On Rulani Talk!

28 Jan 24, 2020 01:52 PM in PSL

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

17 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Gallery: Sundowns' Preparations In Angola

8 Jan 24, 2020 12:17 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Highest-Attended Football Matches In 2019

21 Jan 19, 2020 08:00 PM in World News

Eight Deals At Chiefs? - Talks Open Up At Naturena

102 Jan 21, 2020 02:25 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Pirates To Pounce On International Striker?  

46 Jan 20, 2020 12:15 PM in Orlando Pirates

Pitso: Chiefs Is On A Honeymoon, So Many Wins!

290 Jan 19, 2020 06:55 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

How Downs Were Second Best In Musona Race

40 Jan 20, 2020 07:59 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Motupa Breaks Silence On Downs Interest

70 Jan 23, 2020 03:38 PM in PSL

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Behind The Scenes: Details Of Pirates Defender’s Move…

7 Jan 24, 2020 08:09 AM in Orlando Pirates

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Amakhosi Star Opens Up On Chiefs Award

2 Jan 24, 2020 10:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs