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Athletic keep Austria at bay

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 19.55CET
FK Austria Wien 0-0 Athletic Club Bilbao The Basque club frustrate Austria in the postponed first leg.

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 19.55CET

Athletic keep Austria at bay

FK Austria Wien 0-0 Athletic Club Bilbao The Basque club frustrate Austria in the postponed first leg.

Athletic Club Bilbao frustrated FK Austria Wien in holding the Austrian club to a 0-0 draw in their rescheduled UEFA Cup Round of 32 first-leg match at the Ernst Happel stadium.

Sunday return
Clear chances were few and far between in a tight game, but the Spanish club, now unbeaten in eleven games, will feel home advantage in the second leg on Sunday will give them the edge. The two sides were originally scheduled to play the first leg last week, but the game was called off due to heavy snowfall in Vienna and Sunday's second leg will decide who faces Real Zaragoza in the last 16.

Long break
Austria had not played since their UEFA Cup win over FC Utrecht on 16 December. However, coach Lars Sondergaard's fears that his side might not have been quite at top match sharpness proved unfounded. Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde - whose side beat Real Madrid CF 2-0 on Saturday - was without first-choice goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia, out with flu, so Ignacio Lafuente deputised.

Sionko chance
The first half was keenly contested but remained tight until the final minutes before the break. First Austria had a fantastic chance to take the lead. Jocelyn Blanchard skipped free down the left wing, got to the byline and picked out the unmarked Libor Sionko on the far post. The Czech saw his tame volleyed effort easily saved by Lafuente.

Ezquerro misses
Athletic were not rattled though and in first-half stoppage time they pressed down the other end of the field. Pablo Orbaiz hit a deep, diagonal cross from the right towards the near post. Striker Santiago Ezquerro had lost his marker but from only four metres out, contrived to head over the bar.

Etxeberria effort
The second half was as close as the opening period, with clear chances proving equally rare. However, with 57 minutes played, Athletic's influential forward Joseba Etxeberria seized on to an Andoni Iraola pass on the edge of the area but drilled his shot wide of the far post.

Gilewicz lob
Austria were the team that came closest to scoring with 15 minutes left of the second half. An excellent pass in behind the Athletic defence by Štepán Vachoušek gave substitute Radoslaw Gilewicz a clear sight of goal. The Polish striker - on for Sigurd Rushfeldt - tried to lob Lafuente but his effort was tame and straight into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper.

Last updated: 25/02/05 17.10CET

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Lineups

austria wien

Austria Wien

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Athletic

1
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
1
LafuenteIgnacio Lafuente (GK)
6
DospelErnst Dospel (C)
Yellow Card24
2
CasasJavier Casas
2
AfolabiRabiu Afolabi
9
EzquerroSantiago Ezquerro
Substitution83
4
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
10
YesteFrancisco Yeste
Substitution89
5
PapacSaša Papac
12
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
14
PrietoLuis Prieto
9
VasticIvica Vastic
Substitution75
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
Substitution72
15
BlanchardJocelyn Blanchard
16
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
11
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria (C)
20
KiesenebnerMarkus Kiesenebner
Substitution85
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi
21
RushfeldtSigurd Rushfeldt
Substitution66
19
MurilloAnder Murillo

Substitutes

30
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
13
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
8
WagnerMichael Wagner
Substitution85
3
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
Substitution72
10
JanočkoVladimír Janočko
4
KarankaAitor Karanka
18
MetzFlorian Metz
7
BordasEndika Bordas
Substitution89
19
GilewiczRadoslaw Gilewicz
Substitution66
8
GuerreroJulen Guerrero
22
DosunmuTosin Dosunmu
20
UrzaizIsmael Urzaiz
Substitution83
33
MilaSebastian Mila
Substitution75
27
SolabarrietaAritz Solabarrieta

Coach

Lars Sondergaard (DEN) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Yosef Benisty (ISR), Shai Osadon (ISR)

Fourth official

Eyal Zur (ISR)

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