The Athletic and the Granada tied at two goals in a crazy game in San Mamés, a clash that soon opened the premises with a goal of Raul Garcia, the Venezuelan came back before the break Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina, and tied Luis Maximiano, on your own doorstep, with Iker Muniain to the side, threatening.
With the surprise of the substitution of Iñaki Williams, and a little less that of Berenguer, Athletic quickly turned the game face to face in a ready play by Muniain, who stole a ball in a pass from Montoro at the exit of the visitor’s ball and gave Raúl García to cross at pleasure against Maximiano (min. 10) .
Also in his first dangerous occasion, the painting of Robert Moreno found himself with the goal; Machís, after receiving from Jorge Molina, dribbled to Lekue and found the tie thanks to a cross shot against which Unai Simón could do nothing (min. 25).
Less than ten minutes later, the Andalusians managed to turn the game around in a counterattack that ended with success Molina after picking up the rejection of a first shot from Machís (min. 34). Only the injury of German, replaced by Abraham, muddied the good reaction of the Andalusian team in the first half.
The setbacks, however, did not abandon the visitors in a second half in which he also left injured Machís. The crossbar ruined two clear chances of Raul Garcia and Luis Suarez, and it had to be the stick that was allied with Athletic: Iñaki Williams won a heads up against Maximiano but Abraham he served on the goal line, although the ball hit the post to bounce off the Nasrid goalkeeper and enter the goal (min. 82).
The Portuguese goalkeeper was able to compensate with two saves of merit against Muniain, and the scoreboard no longer moved, despite the fact that the Bilbaoans finished with ten due to the expulsion in the discount of Iñigo Martinez.
With this, those of Marcelino Garcia Toral (20) link their fifth day without winning and remain three points behind Europe, while the Granada players (12) stop a streak of two consecutive defeats, although they manage only two units on the relegation zone.
2 – Athletic: Unai Simón; Lekue, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga (Petxarroman, min. 76); Nico Williams, Winner, Dani García (Zarraga, min. 59), Muniain; Sancet (Iñaki Williams, min. 59) and Raúl García.
2 – Granada: Maximiano; Quini, Germán (Abram, min. 45), Torrente, Escudero; Gonalons, Montoro, Rochina (Yan Eteki, min. 65), Machís (Carlos Neva, min. 53); Luis Suárez and Jorge Molina.
Goals: 1-0, min. 10: Raúl García. 1-1, min. 25: Machís. 1-2, min. 34: Jorge Molina. 2-2, min. 76: Maximiano at own goal.
Referee: Adrián Cordero Vega (Cantabrian Committee). He sent off Íñigo Martínez with a direct red card in the 99th minute. In addition, he showed a yellow card to Athletic’s second coach, Rubén Uría (m.54), Zarraga (m.62) and the visitors Montoro (m.39) .
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.