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Schalke stunned by late Athletic fightback

Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 22.54CET
FC Schalke 04 2-4 Athletic Club
The Spanish visitors scored three in the final 17 minutes through Fernando Llorente, Óscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain to turn this tie on its head.

Match statistics

SchalkeAthletic

Goals scored2
 
4
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners5
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 22.54CET

Schalke stunned by late Athletic fightback

FC Schalke 04 2-4 Athletic Club
The Spanish visitors scored three in the final 17 minutes through Fernando Llorente, Óscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain to turn this tie on its head.

Athletic Club struck three times in the last 17 minutes as they came from 2-1 down to take a significant step towards the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

It looked set to be Raúl González's night as he registered twice to overturn Fernando Llorente's opener midway through the first half, his second on the hour a sumptuous volley. Yet in a barnstorming finale, Llorente, Óscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain all scored and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rattled an upright with a wonderful strike as it ended 4-2.

FC Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens said on the eve of the first leg that he did not know what to expect from an Athletic side who have lurched from beautiful to ugly all season. The picture was little clearer in the early stages. They advanced with irresistible poise and purpose, especially on the right, yet there was little assurance defensively.

It was against the run of play, therefore, that Llorente broke the deadlock on 21 minutes. That it came from the right was no surprise, as De Marcos got in behind Christian Fuchs and cut the ball back to Markel Susaeta. His first-time shot was scuffed but Timo Hildebrand fumbled fatefully and Llorente pounced to prod in at the second attempt.

Schalke responded immediately as Raúl turned in Atsuto Uchida's cross at the near post. If that was not sufficient sign that, at 34, the fire still burns for the ex-Spain striker, then the sight of him eschewing celebrations to admonish Fuchs for his part in Llorente's goal was. Raúl almost had another before half-time but failed to get sufficient purchase on Julian Draxler's centre.

Llorente remained lively at the other end, bringing the best out of Joel Matip and Kyriakos Papadopoulous; it did not bode well for Mathias Schober, who replaced the injured Hildebrand at half-time – his first appearance in three years. The veteran was initially at ease, especially when Raúl lashed in a volley, but Llorente's equaliser, heading in a corner at the near post, changed everything.

Nine minutes from time De Marcos made it 3-2, adjusting well to turn in Schober's block from a Susaeta effort, and in added time Muniain rounded off a blistering counterattack. Athletic will start next Thursday's second leg as big favourites, even if they will be without the suspended Ander Iturraspe.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.43CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

athletic

Athletic

34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
Substitution46
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal22
Goal59
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
Substitution70
12
HögerMarco Höger
Yellow Card53
Substitution55
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
Yellow Card63
13
JonesJermaine Jones
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
Yellow Card8
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Goal21
Goal73
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Goal81
Substitution85
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
Yellow Card67
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola (C)
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Yellow Card76
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Goal90+3
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution55
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution46
32
MatipJoel Matip
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
Substitution46
13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
6
HooglandTim Hoogland
6
San JoséMikel San José
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
17
Iñigo PérezÍñigo Pérez
Substitution70
Yellow Card80
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution55
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza
Substitution85
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution55
28
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution46
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz
31
RamalhoJonás Ramalho

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Marcelo Bielsa (ARG)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

João Capela (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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