Athletic Club 0-0 Eibar

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Recap

Ibai Gomez Eibar

Ibai Gómez’s goal was called back by VAR (AC)

Last weekend’s defeat to Real Betis made Athletic angry. The players spoke all week about their desire to respond with a big win over Eibar in the Basque Derby, but the match proved much more difficult than expected. In the end, there was nothing to separate the two sides who shared a point after a dismal match at San Mamés.

Athletic began the game by attacking down the wings, but Eibar’s high press made things difficult. The Lions were unable to string several passes together while the visitors were content to settle for long shots and crosses. After the 20 minute mark the Zurigorri began to control possession better. Space opened up around the Eibar box, though Athletic were unable to create any real chances in front of goal.

Iñaki Williams was nearly off to the races in the 36th minute when a ball was launched over the top of the Eibar back line. The forward beat everyone to the ball but defenders recovered quickly and there was nothing Williams could do while isolated so far ahead of the rest of his teammates. Little by little Athletic found more space around the box and were nearly rewarded before halftime.

Playing into stoppage time, Iñigo Córdoba sent a beautiful pass to Raúl García who was waiting at the top of the box. Rulo moved the ball onto his left foot and fired a shot at goal that was saved but fell to Córdoba who quickly put the rebound into the back of the net. San Mamés was ready to erupt but the offside flag was raised. The first half came to a close with the game still scoreless and Athletic needing to raise the intensity and energy to take control at home.

Raul Garcia Eibar

Athletic had chances to win the game late in the second half (AC)

Gaizka Garitano brought on Ibai Gómez for Iñigo Córdoba to start the second half and, although it began much like the second, the Lions would soon pin Eibar deep in their own half. Athletic were still unable to create scoring chances but that all changed when Asier Villalibre replaced Unai López at the hour mark. Bringing Raúl García back into the midfield made an immediate impact.

Williams nearly set up Gómez for the opening goal in the 65th minute with a ball into the box. Gómez turned past a defender but saw his shot miraculously saved by the goalkeeper. Moments later Ander Capa would put a sublime cross into the box which Gómez put into the back of the net, although replay showed it to be an own goal for Eibar. As San Mamés roared VAR intervened and called the goal back for offside.

Other than Mikel San José having a shot blocked in the final minutes Athletic were unable to get another promising chance in front of goal. The final whistle sounded with the game ending in a scoreless draw which was a disappointing result considering how much better the Lions performed in the second half. Athletic will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Copa del Rey match against Intercity before traveling to Real Madrid and Sevilla for league games.

Details

Date Time League Season
December 14, 2019 6:30 pm La Liga 2019/2020

Ground

San Mamés

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Athletic Club000
Eibar000

Athletic Club

1Unai Simón Goalkeeper
21Ander Capa Defender
5Yeray Álvarez Defender
4Iñigo Martinez Defender
17Yuri Berchiche Defender
14Dani García Midfielder
6Mikel San José Midfielder
9Iñaki Williams Forward
8Unai López 25 Midfielder
11Iñigo Córdoba 19 Forward
22Raúl García Midfielder
19Ibai Gómez 11 Forward
25Asier Villalibre 8 Forward