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Sionko strikes stun Athletic

Published: Monday 28 February 2005, 0.02CET
Athletic Club Bilbao 1-2 FK Austria Wien (agg: 1-2) Libor Sionko scores twice as Austria progress.

Match statistics

AthleticAustria Wien

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 28 February 2005, 0.02CET

Sionko strikes stun Athletic

Athletic Club Bilbao 1-2 FK Austria Wien (agg: 1-2) Libor Sionko scores twice as Austria progress.

By Andy Hall

Libor Sionko scored twice as FK Austria Wien came from behind to book their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup with a surprise 2-1 win against Athletic Club Bilbao in a passionate second-leg encounter at San Mamés.

Yeste penalty
The Czech Republic striker cancelled out Francisco Yeste's 20th-minute penalty ten minutes before half-time and, after a sustained spell of second-half pressure, fired low inside the far post on 70 minutes. The away goal meant Athletic required two goals to stay in the competition and the Spanish side launched wave upon wave of attacks but it was not to be.

Flurry of chances
Last week's rescheduled first leg ended goalless but this evening's decider never looked like being a repeat as Athletic began in attacking mode. Asier Del Horno and Ismael Urzaiz both tested Joseph Didulica in the visitors' goal, while Joseba Etxeberria's cross-shot bounced off the upright on six minutes. The pressure eventually told on Austria when Ernst Dospel conceded a penalty by handling the ball as Santiago Ezquerro brought it down in the box.

Vastic misses
Yeste confidently struck the spot-kick inside the right-hand post to put the Basque side ahead, but it was Austria who appeared invigorated by the goal. Ivica Vastic fired two efforts wide but Sionko was more accurate and on 35 minutes he curled in a shot from the left to restore parity.

Austria pressure
Both teams upped the tempo of the match in the second half and while Athletic dominated possession, Austria remained dangerous on the break and looked the most likely winners. First Markus Kiesenebner flashed a header past the upright on 55 minutes, before Tosin Dosunmu was denied by Ignacio Lafuente on a one-on-one.

Seven-year itch
Athletic did not heed the warning, however, and with 20 minutes remaining, Sionko ensured there will be an Austrian club in the last 16 for the first time in seven years. Austria will take on another Spanish side, Real Zaragoza, over two legs next month.

Last updated: 28/02/05 11.59CET

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Lineups

athletic

Athletic

austria wien

Austria Wien

1
LafuenteIgnacio Lafuente (GK)
1
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
3
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
2
AfolabiRabiu Afolabi
9
EzquerroSantiago Ezquerro
Substitution72
4
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
10
YesteFrancisco Yeste
Goal19
5
PapacSaša Papac
14
PrietoLuis Prieto
Substitution46
6
DospelErnst Dospel (C)
Yellow Card19
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Goal35
Goal70
16
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
9
VasticIvica Vastic
Yellow Card52
Substitution72
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria (C)
11
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution88
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi
Substitution72
15
BlanchardJocelyn Blanchard
19
MurilloAnder Murillo
Yellow Card85
20
KiesenebnerMarkus Kiesenebner
20
UrzaizIsmael Urzaiz
22
DosunmuTosin Dosunmu
Yellow Card17
Substitution85

Substitutes

13
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
30
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
2
CasasJavier Casas
8
WagnerMichael Wagner
8
GuerreroJulen Guerrero
17
DheedeneDidier Dheedene
12
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
Substitution46
18
MetzFlorian Metz
Substitution88
23
TikoTiko
Substitution72
19
GilewiczRadoslaw Gilewicz
Substitution72
Yellow Card82
27
SolabarrietaAritz Solabarrieta
21
RushfeldtSigurd Rushfeldt
Substitution85
32
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution72
33
MilaSebastian Mila

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Lars Sondergaard (DEN)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Marek Mikolajewski (POL)

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