Athletic Club - Getafe CF
Matchday 7

Athletic Club - Getafe CF

Athletic Club
Athletic Club
Getafe CF
Getafe CF
  • 6' Yuri
  • 62' Williams
  • Gastón 51'
  • Latasa 83'

LocationSan Mamés , Bilbo

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Athletic close to snatching victory against the odds

The Lions pull off a 2-2 draw despite being a man down for the entire second half

Athletic deserved to maintain their winning streak, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Getafe. Los Leones had the upper hand but things were turned on their head when Oihan Sancet saw red just before the half-time whistle.

The Zurigorri took the lead via a Yuri Berchiche free-kick and were 2-1 up until the 80th minute when Juanmi Latasa's header cancelled out Iñaki Williams' superb strike. It was a pity two points escaped in this way, but Ernesto Valverde's Lions did everything to keep their unbeaten run going and a victory would have been deserved.

Athletic started with the wind in their sails after Yuri surprised David Soria with a powerful shot from a free-kick routine. Oscar de Marcos almost made it 2-0 and Unai Simón kept out Borja Mayoral at the other end.

Gorka Guruzeta had two great opportunities to extend the Lions's lead. Soria saved the first effort and the second hit the post.

Sancet received a red card when going to control a ball at head height with his feet. The referee reacted quickly and decisively to a dangerous action which could have been a yellow on a different day.

Athletic suffered as a result but were unlucky to concede an early equaliser when a Gaston Álvarez header took a deflection off Iñaki from a corner.

Despite the setbacks, Los Rojiblancos and San Mames did not lose faith. Athletic retook the lead in the 50th minute via a fantastic left-footed strike from Iñaki.

After that the Lions had no choice but dign in and defend deep. Nonetheless, Juanmi Latasa levelled with eight minutes to go when he rose above Dani Vivian to head in a cross from Jose Angel Carmona.

With Getafe looking to waste time, things turned slightly ugly in the dying moments as Jose Bordalas was given his marching orders.

Fourth place and 14 points, that's what really matters ahead of Saturday's Basque Derby clash in Donostia.