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Bielsa delighted as Athletic get back on track

Published: Friday 24 August 2012, 10.35CET
Athletic Club coach Marcelo Bielsa hailed the "healing power of football" after the Spanish side salved huge weekend disappointment with an emphatic showing against HJK Helsinki.
by Paul Bryan
from Madrid
Bielsa delighted as Athletic get back on track
Óscar de Marcos and Aritz Aduriz celebrate at San Mamés ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AthleticHJK

Goals scored6
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
0
Attempts off target13
 
1
Corners13
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
5
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 24 August 2012, 10.35CET

Bielsa delighted as Athletic get back on track

Athletic Club coach Marcelo Bielsa hailed the "healing power of football" after the Spanish side salved huge weekend disappointment with an emphatic showing against HJK Helsinki.

Athletic Club coach Marcelo Bielsa hailed the "healing power of football" after May's UEFA Europa League runners-up all but sealed a place in this season's group stage with a 6-0 play-off first-leg victory at home to HJK Helsinki.

Bruised by the disappointment of a 5-3 opening-day Liga loss against Real Betis Balompié on Sunday, when they battled back from three down at San Mamés to no avail, Los Leones provided the perfect response. Two goals apiece from Aritz Aduriz and Markel Susaeta and strikes for Iñigo Pérez and Andoni Iraola secured their biggest home win in UEFA competition, leaving HJK's hopes in tatters.

"You can never assume that any tie of this type is done and dusted, but I can't deny that we have opened up a significant advantage," the ever understated Bielsa concluded. "When the scoreline is so one-sided you tend to overlook what exactly is entailed in cancelling out your opponent but I have to say that we defended and attacked very well against HJK."

Athletic enjoyed a memorable campaign in this competition last term, defeating the likes of Paris Saint-Germain FC, Manchester United FC and FC Schalke 04 before losing to Club Atlético de Madrid in the Bucharest showpiece. The road to Amsterdam will be just as long and treacherous but the early signs are good.

"There were notable moves and moments – collectively as well as individually it was a strong performance. I particularly liked [midfielder] Carlos Gurpegi, who always looked to nullify dangerous situations while not making any errors. [Forward] Aduriz was also very influential in our play. Winning has a very important healing power in football."

After registering his first goals since a summer return to Athletic from Valencia CF, Aduriz said he was delighted the team managed to execute their pre-match plan. "We were looking to finish off the tie at home and after this result we can say we are a lot closer to qualifying for the group stage now," the 31-year-old said.

"There is another game to play but we are happy with our first-leg performance. We put in an enormous effort."

Last updated: 24/08/12 14.27CET

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Lineups

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Athletic

hjk

HJK

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
1
WallénVille Wallén (GK) (C)
6
San JoséMikel San José
6
LahtiTimi Lahti
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
7
MannströmSebastian Mannström
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
9
SadikBerat Sadik
Substitution71
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
Goal31
Goal57
Substitution69
11
LindströmMathias Lindström
Yellow Card41
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
Goal85
16
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution65
16
Ismael LópezIsmael López
21
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
17
Iñigo PérezÍñigo Pérez
Goal42
22
PerovuoJoel Perovuo
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi (C)
26
SavageDemba Savage
20
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Goal25
Goal51
Substitution59
27
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution74
28
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
35
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
2
KansikasTuomas Kansikas
11
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution59
4
OkkonenAntti Okkonen
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution69
5
HakanpääRami Hakanpää
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza
8
ZeneliErfan Zeneli
Substitution65
27
Ruiz De Galarreta Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta
Substitution74
18
MäkeläJuho Mäkelä
Substitution71
28
RamalhoJonás Ramalho
25
MattilaSakari Mattila
Substitution46

Coach

Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) Antti Muurinen (FIN)

Referee

Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

Assistant referees

Çem Satman (TUR), Erdinç Sezertam (TUR)

Fourth official

Koray Gençerler (TUR)

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