Three saves by Simón held a 0-0 draw in a match where the team reached the area several times
Athletic Club have registered a worthy goalless draw in their visit to Estadio de la Cerámica, where the yellow team had been scoring goals for twenty consecutive games. A good defensive organization and Unai Simon’s saves allowed them to get the point, but the lions also had their chances and played in depth, forcing more corner-kicks than their rivals (10). It is time now to meet a Levante on the roll, who will arrive in Bilbao on Sunday after beating Real Sociedad and Barcelona.
The point, which keeps the lions close to European positions, made them sweat. Not only due to the ambient temperature, but also because they had to play close together to face the collective game marked by Santi Cazorla. Simón, the goalkeeper who has conceded the fewest goals in the championship, was obliged to dive brilliantly more than once. He showed his skills in an initial intervention after a corner-kick that had taken his team by surprise.
Williams, at the far post, had no luck when he tried to beat Asenjo after a corner-kick taken by Ibai. The local keeper had his difficulties to grab the ball after a strike San José fired from the edge of the area. Athletic had a better performance after the break. Following a rightly disallowed goal from Gerard Moreno for offside, Yuri had a good chance that was sent for corner by Rubén Peña. Raúl García had another opportunity to score after a later corner-kick.
Gerard Moreno’s instinct took him to face Simón, who finally cleared a point-blank shot with his face. A counter-attack from Cazorla threatened them one more time while Athletic increased their strength with the substitutions, playing more time on their opponents’ side of the pitch. Raúl sent a left-footed strike out and Simón completed his great performance by saving a header from Albiol.