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Etxeberria edges Athletic closer

Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.30CET
CD Nacional 1-1 Athletic Club Bilbao
Joseba Etxeberria's penalty five minutes from time earned Athletic a point that puts them within touching distance of the last 32.
Etxeberria edges Athletic closer
Joseba Etxeberria's penalty earned Athletic a point ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NacionalAthletic

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.30CET

Etxeberria edges Athletic closer

CD Nacional 1-1 Athletic Club Bilbao
Joseba Etxeberria's penalty five minutes from time earned Athletic a point that puts them within touching distance of the last 32.

Joseba Etxeberria's penalty five minutes from time earned Athletic Club Bilbao a 1-1 draw at ten-man CD Nacional.

Late pressure
The Portuguese hosts looked set for their first UEFA Europa League win after Edgar kept his cool to convert after being asked to re-take from the spot. Yet after a late surge, Athletic gained their reward when Rafik Halliche's foul allowed Etxeberria to do the business from the resulting penalty. Both teams still had chances to win but were forced to settle for a point that means Athletic will progress from GroupL if they avoid defeat against FK Austria Wien on 3 December; Nacional need a win at already-qualified Werder Bremen to keep their hopes alive.

Upright struck
Both sides struggled to make an impact in the opening period, Edgar providing the first moment of inspiration with an attempted back-heel on 18 minutes. Rúben Micael did much better eleven minutes later but his left-footed shot went centimetres wide. The visitors responded through Xabier Castillo's long-range effort, just two minutes before Fernando Llorente hit a post after springing the hosts' offside trap.

Edgar goal
The Spanish striker was replaced before the break, but Athletic did not seem to miss his quality as David López combined well with Etxeberria after 52 minutes, only to see his shot once again saved by Bracali. The visitors seemed to have a firm grip on the match but when Iraizoz brought down Nejc Pečnik on 64 minutes they found themselves behind. Athletic were caught cold and a comeback looked unlikely until Nacional left-back Nuno Pinto was sent off with eleven minutes remaining after received a second yellow card for a foul on Etxeberria. It would not be the No17's last telling contribution.

Last updated: 06/11/09 0.57CET

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Lineups

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Nacional

athletic

Athletic

1
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
Yellow Card62
2
Bruno PatacasBruno Patacas (C)
4
UstaritzUstaritz
3
Felipe LopesFelipe Lopes
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
4
HallicheRafik Halliche
7
David LópezDavid López
Substitution60
8
Luís AlbertoLuís Alberto
Substitution69
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution40
9
EdgarEdgar
Yellow Card45
Goal64
11
GabilondoIgor Gabilondo
10
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Yellow Card30
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria (C)
Goal85
Yellow Card90+2
31
MateusMateus
Substitution46
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi
Yellow Card78
33
TomaševićŽarko Tomašević
Substitution45
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
55
Nuno PintoNuno Pinto
Yellow Card39
Red Card79
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Yellow Card58
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
DouglasDouglas (GK)
13
ArmandoArmando (GK)
6
CléberCléber
Substitution45
Yellow Card77
6
EtxeitaXabier Etxeita
17
Edgar CostaEdgar Costa
12
San JoséMikel San José
18
AnselmoAnselmo
16
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
Substitution71
23
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
Substitution69
23
Díaz de CerioÍñigo Díaz de Cerio
Substitution60
27
Pedro MeloPedro Melo
28
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Substitution40
30
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution46
37
Iñigo PérezÍñigo Pérez

Coach

Manuel Machado (POR) Joaquín Caparrós (ESP)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Keith Sorbie (SCO), George Drummond (SCO)

Fourth official

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Euan Norris (SCO), Stephen O'Reilly (SCO)

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