The official website for European football

Athletic see off United with room to spare

Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 21.00CET
Athletic Club 2-1 Manchester United FC (agg: 5-3)
Fernando Llorente's glorious volley set Athletic on their way to another win against the Premier League leaders and a place in the quarter-finals.
by Paul Bryan
from San Mamés

Match statistics

AthleticMan. United

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target14
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 21.00CET

Athletic see off United with room to spare

Athletic Club 2-1 Manchester United FC (agg: 5-3)
Fernando Llorente's glorious volley set Athletic on their way to another win against the Premier League leaders and a place in the quarter-finals.

Athletic Club will compete in their first European quarter-final tie for 35 years after following up their first-leg victory against Manchester United FC with a 2-1 win at San Mamés.

Marcelo Bielsa's side earned high praise after leaving Old Trafford with a 3-2 triumph and they did not disappoint here either. Fernando Llorente and Óscar de Marcos scored the goals to cap a similarly energetic display against the Premier League leaders, who reduced their arrears through Wayne Rooney late on.

Spurred on by a full congregation at the ground known as La Catedral, Athletic nearly extended their aggregate advantage as early as the 13th minute, Iker Muniain striking a post following neat build-up play involving Javi Martínez and Llorente. Muniain, a recent Spain debutant who netted Athletic's third last week, could only watch as De Marcos stepped ahead of him to smash the rebound over the bar.

The visitors, who had lost just one of their previous four European away games this season, had only a blocked Ashley Young shot to show for their efforts. They were under pressure for most of the first half and fell behind in the 23rd minute. Seeking out Llorente's run into the area, Fernando Amorebieta struck a searching pass which the striker met first time, unleashing a sumptuous volley which flew past David de Gea.

Ryan Giggs's header was then deflected over by Jon Aurtenetxe, while after the restart Andoni Iraola struck wide following a dizzying run into the opposition area. It was only a matter of time before a second eventually arrived for the 1976/77 UEFA Cup finalists. De Marcos got it, striking past De Gea after Chris Smalling had deflected away from the head of substitute Gaizka Toquero.

A spectacular long-range drive from Rooney ten minutes before the end left Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz with no chance. The hosts, though, were not to be denied a second victory in this city against United to add to a 5-3 home triumph over Sir Matt Busby's side 55 years ago. And this time, victory sent them through.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.49CET

Related information

Player profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Member associations
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Team profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000274/match=2007467/postmatch/report/index.html#athletic+united

Lineups

athletic

Athletic

man. united

Man. United

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
3
EvraPatrice Evra (C)
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Substitution63
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Goal23
Substitution40
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal80
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Goal65
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution68
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
Yellow Card55
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola (C)
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution63
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution88
18
YoungAshley Young
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution82
21
RafaelRafael
Yellow Card60
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
23
CleverleyTom Cleverley

Substitutes

13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
40
AmosBen Amos (GK)
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution40
12
SmallingChris Smalling
Substitution63
6
San JoséMikel San José
Substitution88
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
7
David LópezDavid López
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution68
17
Iñigo PérezÍñigo Pérez
Substitution82
20
FabioFabio
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza
22
ScholesPaul Scholes
28
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
42
PogbaPaul Pogba
Substitution63
Yellow Card72

Coach

Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Tarik Ongun (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Süleyman Abay (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.