Athletic Club 1 RCD Espanyol 1
Athletic Club has tied 1-1 against RCD Espanyol in San Mamés. Ferreyra has opened the scoreboard and Raul Garcia, in the final stretch of the match, has equalised a contest in which the effort of our team has deserved a greater reward.
As expected, Athletic came out strong, determined to continue their good run at home, although Espanyol found themselves too early, and without excessive effort, with a goal in their favour. Ferreyra’s goal did not reduce the red-and-white energy, but carrying the weight of the match was not enough to balance the fixture. Susaeta’s poisoned left-footed strike, well cleared by Diego Lopez, was the clearest chance of the entire first half.
In the half-time Kenan Kodro has replaced Iñaki Williams and the team has been placed with a 4-4-2 quite clear. The monopoly of the ball has been red-and-white and it has increased exponentially the number of balls into the goalmouth of Espanyol, but with the same deficit when scoring clear goalscoring options. However, despite the regrets, the resignation has not taken over either the players or the supporters, especially considering: the red-and-white were battling hard on the field.
And the impossible, at least half of the impossible, has been achieved when Raul Garcia has prolonged with his head a center by the newly incorporated Ibai to the goal.
From there to the end, with another chances of Raul Garcia himself, constant and prolonged siege in time, but without reward. In the end, the stands acknowledged with applause the titanic effort of the players.
And next Saturday another challenge of height, the visit of the current second classified, Atlético de Madrid, to San Mamés, appointment in which Iñigo Martínez will not be, because of having seen his fifth yellow card.