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Athletic post comfortable Kiryat Shmona win

Published: Wednesday 28 November 2012, 20.56CET
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC 0-2 Athletic Club
Goals in either half from Fernando Llorente and Gaizka Toquero lifted Marcelo Bielsa's charges off the bottom of UEFA Europa League Group I.
Athletic post comfortable Kiryat Shmona win
Athletic midfielder Erik Morán vies with Darko Tasevski ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

H. Kiryat ShmonaAthletic

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
11
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners7
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
8
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 16/11/2012 02:11 CET

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Published: Wednesday 28 November 2012, 20.56CET

Athletic post comfortable Kiryat Shmona win

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC 0-2 Athletic Club
Goals in either half from Fernando Llorente and Gaizka Toquero lifted Marcelo Bielsa's charges off the bottom of UEFA Europa League Group I.

Athletic Club moved off the bottom of UEFA Europa League Group I with a 1-0 victory against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC in a rearranged fixture in Israel.

With both teams already out of contention in Group I, Athletic fielded a number of youngsters who rose to the occasion in an assured display. However, it was two senior figures who sealed the points, Fernando Llorente and Gaizka Toquero producing composed finishes in each half.

Marcelo Bielsa's side harried and hectored all over the pitch. Effervescent midfielder Erik Morán led the charge, pick-pocketing Darko Tasevski and releasing Llorente, whose venomous shot bounced back off the crossbar. The Spanish international went close again moments later when he planted a free header straight at Kiryat Shmona goalkeeper Daniel Amos from Toquero's pin-point cross.

The visitors continued to probe and were rewarded with the goal their possession merited after 34 minutes. Ismael López's floated corner was cushioned into the path of Toquero, and while his close-range effort was blocked, Llorente pounced and finished unerringly past Amos. An incisive counterattack presented another shooting opportunity on the stroke of half-time, yet López eschewed the obvious and allowed Amos to intercept.

The hosts showed no signs of letting up the pressure after the interval, while Kiryat Shmona coach Barak Bakhar attempted to stem the flow with the introduction of Shimon Abuhazira. It was a decision which almost bore fruit as Abuhazira combined with Ahmed Abed, before the latter was denied by the fingertips of Raúl.

With that reprieve, Athletic stepped up a gear as San José turned Ibai Gómez's corner centimetres wide. A second goal was not long coming though, Gómez's free-kick ricocheting into the path of Toquero, whose sweetly-struck shot 14 minutes from time shot gave Abed no chance. Athletic finish their fixtures next Thursday at home to runners-up AC Sparta Praha and Hapoel visit group winners Olympique Lyonnais.

Last updated: 30/11/12

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Lineups

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H. Kiryat Shmona

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Athletic

13
AmosDaniel Amos (GK) (C)
13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
4
VahabaBen Vahaba
Yellow Card48
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Goal76
5
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
Yellow Card34
6
San JoséMikel San José
7
AbedAhmed Abed
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente (C)
Goal34
11
EinbinderDaniel Einbinder
16
Ismael LópezIsmael López
Substitution64
15
Gabai                         El'ad Gabai
Yellow Card90+3
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
16
ElishaAdi Elisha
Yellow Card75
26
Igor MartínezIgor Martínez
Substitution77
20
LeviLior Levi
28
RamalhoJonás Ramalho
21
PorokaraRoni Porokara
Substitution46
38
LaporteAymeric Laporte
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution57
39
MoránErik Morán
26
SallalichSintayehu Sallalich
Substitution71
40
PeñaÁlvaro Peña
Yellow Card67
Substitution85

Substitutes

45
NitzanItamar Nitzan (GK)
30
ArrizabalagaKepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
6
GazalRavid Gazal
11
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution64
8
MaaraviEhud Maaravi
29
EtxeberriaMarkel Etxeberria
14
MresatWael Mresat
Substitution71
31
Guillermo FernándezGuillermo Fernández
19
AbuhaziraShimon Abuhazira
Substitution46
32
Enric SaboritEnric Saborit
23
RochetAdrian Rochet
33
UndabarrenaIker Undabarrena
Substitution77
25
MizrachiOfir Mizrachi
Substitution57
41
VidalJon Xabier Vidal
Substitution85

Coach

Barak Bakhar (ISR) Marcelo Bielsa (ARG)

Referee

Rene Eisner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Klaus Strasser (AUT), Gerd Adanitsch (AUT)

Fourth official

Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Harald Lechner (AUT), Alexander Harkam (AUT)

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