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Athletic stride past Schalke and into semi-finals

Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.10CET
Athletic Club 2-2 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 6-4)
Athletic's European adventure will continue into the semi-finals after the Spanish side held off determined Schalke in a game high on chances.
by Paul Bryan
from San Mamés

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AthleticSchalke

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
8
Corners8
 
7
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.10CET

Athletic stride past Schalke and into semi-finals

Athletic Club 2-2 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 6-4)
Athletic's European adventure will continue into the semi-finals after the Spanish side held off determined Schalke in a game high on chances.

Athletic Club's UEFA Europa League adventure will continue into the semi-finals and a tie with Sporting Clube de Portugal after FC Schalke 04 became the latest high-profile side to fall victim to Marcelo Bielsa's Lions.

Chasing a 4-2 first-leg deficit, the visitors reduced the arrears though Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's tenth goal of the tournament this season just before the half-hour. The hosts responded with a stunning Ibai Gómez strike before the returning Raúl Gonzaléz, and Markel Susaeta, exchanged goals within three minutes of each other after the restart.

Victors against Manchester United FC in the last round, fans of the Leones packed San Mamés hoping to see more of the high-tempo, pressing style they have become accustomed to. It was the visitors who set the pace in the early stages, however, with Huntelaar denied a scoring chance from close range by the alert Jon Aurtenetxe.

At the other end, Iker Muniain headed harmlessly at goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall but it was the 1997 UEFA Cup champions who continued to look the more likely scorers. Huntelaar did so with a low drive from the edge of the area that was touched in by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.

Seeking the inspiration to get going, Athletic found it four minutes before the break through substitute Gómez – on for the injured Ander Herrera – who unleashed a spectacular shot from distance on the left that flew past Unnerstall. It was a memorable way for the 22-year-old to open his senior account.

Undeterred, Huub Stevens' side persevered and were in front again seven minutes after the break when Raúl capitalised on some neat build-up play by Huntelaar and Chinedu Obasi before shooting in off an upright.

Determined to extend a seven-match unbeaten home run in European competition, Athletic rallied and were on terms again when Susaeta struck the ball in low at the near post following Muniain's assist. A last-four encounter against Portugal's Lions, Sporting, awaits the Basque side, with the first leg at the Estádio José Alvalade on 19 April.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.29CET

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Lineups

athletic

Athletic

schalke

Schalke

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
6
HooglandTim Hoogland
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution59
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal52
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Yellow Card72
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution72
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
Goal55
13
JonesJermaine Jones
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola (C)
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card79
19
MuniainIker Muniain
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution60
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution30
19
ObasiChinedu Obasi
Yellow Card28
Substitution62
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal29
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Yellow Card53
32
MatipJoel Matip
Yellow Card75

Substitutes

13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution59
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution62
6
San JoséMikel San José
Substitution74
12
HögerMarco Höger
Substitution72
11
GabilondoIgor Gabilondo
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution60
17
Íñigo PérezÍñigo Pérez
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
28
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution30
Goal41
Substitution74
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
32
Ruiz De Galarreta Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz

Coach

Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) Huub Stevens (NED)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Banti (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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