A header by Vivian on a free-kick from Ibai drew a match that was put against by a shot from the former lion Guillermo
Numancia and Athletic have drawn in Los Pajaritos (1-1) in a game marked by the few occasions and that has served to Gaizka Garitano’s team to accumulate minutes in their legs. A header by Vivian served by Ibai’s free kick forced the draw of a match that had been put uphill soon, in a shot by Guillermo that came after hitting rebound in Simón.
Athletic, with a line-up marked by four players from last year’s subsidiary (Vivian, Larrazabal, Sancet and Vicente), jumped into the field of Los Pajaritos with the idea of looking for agile football with the ball. Iñigo Martínez played the first minutes in the preseason and did so at an interesting rhythm.
Numancia gave first in the match. A loss in midfield allowed ex-league Guillermo to face Simon’s goal. The local striker took a tight shot from the front of the area that entered the net after hitting the back of the red-and-white goalkeeper. It was the 7th minute.
Athletic could not deepen too much. The most dangerous move of the first half was a De Marcos center. It is not that the locals worried too much, as only had to review a save from Simon to a left-handed Adrián Castellano.
Athletic came out more determined after the break. A San Jose play in a corner kick was about to be riveted on the goal line by Iñigo Martinez. The goal of the tie was chewed and arrived in a set ball, between teacher and student. Ibai, who trained Vivian in Santutxu, put a big ball in the head of the center, which combed the nets to perfection. It was Ibai himself who sowed danger in another foul.
The red-and-white fans displaced to Soria pushed the lions with songs towards victory. However, it was Numancia who frightened with a header from Vidorreta in a corner stopped by Simon and a shot from Moha to the post that annulled the referee for offside. There were no other options. Athletic is already thinking about West Ham.
Numancia: Dani Barrio; Iván Calero, Derik, Carlos Gutiérrez, Adrián; Kako, Escassi, Nacho, Alain Oyarzun; Curro and Guillermo
Jara (30′), Ledes (46′), Moha (46′), Juan Carlos, David Sanz, Ceinos, Marcos, Ander Vidorreta, Noguera, Silva and Higinio (60′) also played.
Athletic Club: Simón, De Marcos, Vivian, Iñigo Martínez, Balenziaga; San José, Beñat; Larrazabal, Sancet, Vicente; and Aduriz.
SUBS: Ibai by Vicente (46′), Nolaskoain by Iñigo Martínez (57′), Kodro by Aduriz (57′), Vesga by Beñat (74′), Villalibre by Sancet (74′) and Capa by De Marcos (74′)
M. 7. Guillermo
Referee: Moreno Aragón (Madrid). He admonished Carlos Gutiérrez (79′) and Higinio (89′).
Stadium: Los Pajaritos