Muniain comes to the rescue against Real with one less

Muniain, with the involuntary collaboration of Remiro, signed the tie in Anoeta when everything pointed towards a victory for the current leader of Primera. The Athletic captain avoided the inevitable in added time with the lions outnumbered by the expulsion of Iñigo Martínez. The now rojiblanco center-back, who committed the penalty that allowed Isak to open the scoring, continues to win his return to Anoeta.

The derby lived up to expectations. There were phases for each of the teams, a lot of equality and, above all, a tendency on both sides to prioritize the defensive aspect. The locals, true that, let two points escape when they had it best.

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La Real received Athletic with four changes compared to the team that had just won in Balaídos. Remiro thus returned to the goal, Gorosabel and Rico divided the wings and Sørloth entered as a forward, which meant that Isak moved to the right wing. Imanol placed his team in a clear 1-4-2-3-1.

Marcelino could not resort on this occasion to his gala eleven of this season. Balenziaga was out at the last minute, so Lekue repeated as a left defender with De Marcos on the right wing. The other great doubt, Raúl García or Sancet, was settled for the benefit of the former.

The lions were able to get ahead early on the scoreboard. Williams overcame Remiro’s departure, but Aritz was in time to make amends. The referee, after waiting for news from the VAR, ruled out the penalty demanded by the rojiblancos.


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The defenses were imposed from there to the forwards. Control football with phases for each team, two shots from Isak deflected by Unai Simón and another anticipation from Aritz on Williams on the brink of halftime. Extreme equality on the fast, wet, Anoeta grass throughout the intense and disputed first half.

The second period started with both teams more animated at the offensive level. Raúl García soon put Remiro to the test. Everything changed once both contestants adjusted positions and made pairings. Equality, however, was blown up in a naive Iñigo Martínez penalty on Merino that Isak turned into a goal.

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Athletic tried to take a step forward in search of a tie, but Real hardly gave them any options. A header from Berenguer well deflected by Remiro was his best option. Imanol, aware of the situation, made a triple change and went on to play with defense of three centrals.

Marcelino tried first with Sancet, then with Petxa, who was making his debut, and Nico Williams and finally had to turn to Nuñez after the expulsion, for a double yellow, of Iñigo Martínez. The ondarrutarra seems to continue to win every time he has to face his former team.

Everything pointed to the local triumph when Muniain, in a long free kick, signed the tie after a rude error by Remiro. The lions did with ten what they could not do with eleven.

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