Barakaldo 1-1 Bilbao Athletic: Katxorros Earn Difficult Point At Lasesarre

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Asier Villalibre in action against Barakaldo (MD)

Bilbao Athletic had won just once in their last eight games coming into the weekend and were in for a tough test as they faced off with Barakaldo at Lasesarre on Sunday. Securing a victory could have seen the Kumeak pull to within three points of the promotional playoff zone, but it wouldn’t be easy. Even though Barakaldo have played great football this season, Bilbao Athletic were the ones who came out with all the momentum to start the game.

Iñigo Vicente and Victor San Bartolomé both had good chances from outside the box which forced saves from the Barakaldo goalkeeper. The Katxorros then had the chance to go ahead early when Vicente lifted a pass over the top of the defense to Gaizka Larrazabal who only had the keeper to beat. The winger tried to direct a volley on goal but was unable to strike the ball cleanly and his effort sailed over the crossbar.

Barakaldo began to gain momentum and forced Unai Etxebarria to make a save from a very close header. Minutes later a shot from outside the box just missed the near post, but it looked as though Etxebarria had it covered. Bilbao Athletic responded with another flurry of attacks. Vicente played a pass across the face of the goal that San Bartolome sent just wide. It felt like another wasted opportunity as the break came with the match still scoreless, but the opening goal was coming.

The Katxorros were awarded a free kick on the right side of the box in the 56th minute and Jon Morcillo was able to score after seeing his shot bounce between the keepers legs and into the back of the net. It was the 20-year-old first goal for the reserve team and Bilbao Athletic would continue to attack. Gaizka Garitano’s side looked to have the momentum and the home side weren’t going to stand for it.

In the 67th minute there was a bit of confusion at the back line which saw Sergio Bentio played into the box. He tucked a left-footed effort into the far post to bring the score level at 1-1 which would stand until the final whistle despite Bilbao Athletic generating a few chances late in the game. Based on the performance a draw seemed like a disappointing result for the Kumeak, but taking away a point from Lasesarre is always a good thing. Bilbao Athletic will be back in action on Saturday when they host Langreo at Lezama and try to continue climbing the league table.

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