The tiger eats the lion

A tiger is on the loose again in LaLiga and digs its claws into the opposing goals. In the house of the lions, in San Mamés, Falcao taught that he is still a beast of the goal. In the discount, in a fault, he tuned in with Baby. He said to him by signs: ‘Send it to me there I’ll put it‘. Said and done. The Colombian evaded the vigilance of Núñez and De Marcos, among others, and completely nodded only to undo some tables that seemed to be sung. Huge blow from a well-known executioner, the one who sank Bilbao in a Europa League final in Bucharest when he was at Atlético. It was the night of nostalgia, of Iraola’s return to San Mamés, but this time without wearing shorts and on the visiting bench. Everything was very even, but here no one is for sentimentality. First defeat of a thick Athletic, without its usual vertical and fast transitions, denied in the positional game and with little mobility. With the ball it was a disaster, a horror. El Rayo continues on the winning wave.

To open his mouth, Marcelino unleashed a revolution in his starting eleven, with six starting players on the bench. On Saturday Mestalla plays and he wants to go well armed to a stadium that stirs him so much from the inside. More than light touches, it was a lady rotation, with capital surprises such as putting Nico Williams, the promise, and leaving his brother Iñaki, the consecrated one, on the bench, he in search of a match to be already alone to another to match with Larrañaga with 202 commitments in a row. Call what the coach did, with up to three defense changes, because Lekue changed the wing, to go to the left.

It was a Tuesday, at ten o’clock at night, with the threat of rain and an open televised date. Ingredients to put in a shaker and stay at home by turning the key six times. But San Mamés was boiling, he was like in pre-pandemic times, with a mad desire to burn the palms of his hands with applause. Rayo froze that momentum by taking advantage of one of those failures that seemed banished by the best defense of LaLiga until this commitment. A nap by Vesga in the middle of the field allowed Guardiola to swipe the ball from him. De Marcos and Núñez did not know how to hold Álvaro and Unai Simón stayed in the middle of the exit. Result: 0-1. Jug of cold water to the rojiblancos.

The first warning was given. The Ray then adorned himself with long possessions. He found superiority on the inside with three players. Unai López and Comesaña, two quality men, connected quickly with the bands, where between wingers and wingers they always had a two for one. This block of Iraola is a very patient group. Start on one side and if you don’t see a clue, work your way up to the other shore. Athletic accused the blow, he was stunned.

Falcao

  • Monaco
  • Forward
  • Colombia

Marcelino’s team was reborn. He got into the game based on pride, being in the opposite field and activated by pressure. And the confirmation that that was changing came from the set piece, once again. With a very lateral serve from Muniain, a very aggressive and close shot. Ciss, who was coming from behind in a solo chase, put her in her own door while trying to clear. The Lightning was no longer so comfortable. Nico Williams had a yours-mine with Raúl García near the break and threw the ball close to the post.

In the second part the sky emptied its pipes and the world cup fell. Water and more water, as if to give a regatta field to Santurtzi’s drifter, who did the honor roll. Raúl García felt happy under the flood. The controls went with the devilish speed that caught the ball when stepping on the slippery green. Williams came out for the final half hour in their 201st straight league game. Only Falcao was missing from that party. And it got to enter, but its claws did not appear until the end. The rojiblanco team was better but neither with many bodies ahead of their adversary, since they lacked continuity in the game. Local changes produced almost nothing. Of course, Morcillo had it in the discount to a very touched pass from Iñaki Williams, although he headed very forced. But the sentence was for another. For Falcao. The beast of the goal.

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Athletic

  • 1
    Unai Simon






  • fifteen
    Lekue






  • 3
    Unai Nunez







  • 18
    From Marcos






  • 4
    Íñigo Martínez







  • 19
    Oier Zarraga




    (68 ‘)



  • 6
    Vesga




    (74 ‘)



  • 30
    Nicholas williams




    (74 ‘)



  • 10
    Muniain





    (68 ‘)



  • twenty
    Villalibre







  • 22
    Raul Garcia




    (62 ‘)



  • Dock
  • 26
    Julen Agirrezabala






  • 33
    Nico Serrano






  • 24
    Balenziaga






  • 2
    Alex Petxarromán Eizagirre






  • eleven
    Jon morcillo







  • twenty-one
    Cap






  • 7
    Berenguer




    (68 ‘)



  • 12
    Daniel vivian






  • 9
    Williams




    (62 ‘)



  • 14
    Dani garcia




    (74 ‘)



  • 16
    Unai Victor




    (68 ‘)



Lightning

  • 13
    Dimitrievski







  • 33
    Fran garcia







  • twenty
    Balliu






  • 2
    Maras







  • 5
    Catena








  • 18
    Alvaro Garcia





    (78 ‘)





  • 6
    Comesaña







  • twenty-one
    Ismaila Ciss




    (58 ‘)



  • 7
    Isi




    (78 ‘)




  • 12
    Unai lopez




    (75 ‘)




  • 16
    Sergi Guardiola





    (58 ‘)




  • Dock
  • 2. 3
    Oscar Valentine




    (58 ‘)



  • 19
    Kévin Rodrigues




    (78 ‘)



  • 32
    Mario Hernandez






  • 10
    Baby




    (78 ‘)




  • 9
    Randy ntekja




    (58 ‘)



  • 24
    Saveljich






  • eleven
    Andres Martin






  • 22
    Jose well






  • 14
    Yacine Qasmi






  • 1
    Luca zidane






  • 4
    Mario Suarez






  • 3
    Falcao





    (75 ‘)





Changes

Randy ntekja (58 ‘, Sergi Guardiola), Oscar Valentine (58 ‘, Ismaila Ciss), Williams (62 ‘, Raúl García), Unai Victor (68 ‘, Oier Zarraga), Berenguer (68 ‘, Muniain), Dani garcia (74 ‘, Vesga), Jon morcillo (74 ‘, Nicholas Williams), Falcao (75 ‘, Unai López), Kévin Rodrigues (78 ‘, Isi), Baby (78 ‘, Álvaro García)

Goals

0-1, 4 ‘: Alvaro Garcia, 1-1, 32 ‘: Ismaila Ciss, 1-2, 95 ‘: Falcao

Cards

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
VAR Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Catena (6 ‘, Yellow) Unai Nunez (15 ‘, Yellow) Sergi Guardiola (41 ‘, Yellow) Muniain (55 ‘, Yellow) Maras (82 ‘, Yellow) Íñigo Martínez (94 ‘, Yellow

Classification

Classification

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

4

10 6 3 1 2
5

10 5 3 1 1
6

9 6 2 3 1
7

8 4 2 2 0
8

8 4 2 2 0

Classification

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

1

14 6 4 2 0
2

13 5 4 1 0
3

10 5 3 1 1
4

10 6 3 1 2
5

10 5 3 1 1

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