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Llorente caps Athletic fightback

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.45CET
Athletic Club Bilbao 2-1 CD Nacional
Fernando Llorente's late strike sealed a comeback victory that left Athletic comfortable in second position in UEFA Europa League Group L.
by Paul Bryan
from San Mamés

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Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target23
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
3
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
20
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.45CET

Llorente caps Athletic fightback

Athletic Club Bilbao 2-1 CD Nacional
Fernando Llorente's late strike sealed a comeback victory that left Athletic comfortable in second position in UEFA Europa League Group L.

Fernando Llorente's late strike sealed a comeback victory over Portuguese team CD Nacional that left Athletic Club Bilbao a comfortable second in UEFA Europa League Group L.

Four-point cushion
Rúben Micael's first-half effort put Nacional in front as they looked to build on their one-point haul, but after the break Athletic responded and Joseba Etxeberria equalised midway through the half. Llorente then won it with four minutes remaining, moving Athletic four points above FK Austria Wien in third, with Nacional one further back ahead of the rematch in Madeira on 5 November.

Nacional ahead
A run of five matches without a win was far from ideal preparation for Athletic, and Joaquín Caparrós's side struggled to gain a foothold in the game. Nacional took advantage three minutes from the interval when, having successfully held off several challenges, Nejc Pečnik poked a pass through to Rúben Micael who wrong-footed defender Fernando Amorebieta before slotting his second goal of the group stage.

Athletic response
The half-time introduction of Javi Martínez and Óscar de Marcos reinvigorated Athletic. Markel Susaeta's shot across the face of goal was palmed away by goalkeeper Rafael Bracali and Llorente's header from Pablo Orbaiz's corner clipped the top of the crossbar on its way over.

Match turns
With the rain teeming down at San Mamés, Athletic's Martínez gained possession on the right before racing forward and delivering a cross to the back post where Llorente connected with a header. Bracali got his hand to it but could only divert the ball into the path of Etxeberria, who tapped in the equaliser. The Spanish outfit continued to push forward and finally got their reward when Llorente held off the challenge of Nuno Pinto before sliding the ball into the net.

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Lineups

athletic

Athletic

nacional

Nacional

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
1
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
4
UstaritzUstaritz
Yellow Card55
2
Bruno PatacasBruno Patacas (C)
Yellow Card38
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
3
Felipe LopesFelipe Lopes
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Goal86
4
HallicheRafik Halliche
10
YesteFrancisco Yeste
Substitution46
6
CléberCléber
Yellow Card69
11
GabilondoIgor Gabilondo
Substitution46
8
Luís AlbertoLuís Alberto
Yellow Card62
Substitution73
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
9
EdgarEdgar
Substitution79
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
10
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution66
16
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Goal42
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria (C)
Goal67
Substitution72
30
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
55
Nuno PintoNuno Pinto

Substitutes

13
ArmandoArmando (GK)
12
DouglasDouglas (GK)
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution72
17
Edgar CostaEdgar Costa
6
EtxeitaXabier Etxeita
18
AnselmoAnselmo
12
San JoséMikel San José
23
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
Substitution73
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi
27
Pedro MeloPedro Melo
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution46
31
MateusMateus
Substitution66
28
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Substitution46
44
ClebãoClebão
Substitution79

Coach

Joaquín Caparrós (ESP) Manuel Machado (POR)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

Zoltan Ivanyi (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Roland Veizer (HUN)

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