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So, let's forget about the cup, Eibar awaits.

They're ahead of us in the table with a five points gap. Unbeaten in Bilbao and supported by over 1000 armeros they'll be determined to get a result from San Mamés once again.

All the best for Eibar, just not Sunday at lunchtime.

Aupa Athletic.
 

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Valverde rests Etxeita and Eraso for the battle in Camp Nou.. Williams and De Marcos will probably rest as well. Iturraspe got injured again...:groan:

Probable XI

Iago Herrerín

Eneko Bóveda - Carlos Gurpegi - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel San José - Benat Etxebarria

Markel Susaeta - Iker Muniain - Sabin Merino

Aritz Aduriz

Bench:
GK Alex Remiro
DF Inigo Lekue
DF Óscar de Marcos
MF Gorka Elustondo
MF Mikel Rico
FW Borja Viguera
FW Inaki Williams
 

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Game starts in 10 minutes. There's a surprise in the lineup, with both Gurpegi and Elustondo in the bench. Dunno if Bóveda or San José will play as CB.

Option 1

Iago Herrerin

Óscar de Marcos - Eneko Bóveda - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel San José - Benat Etxebarria

Markel Susaeta - Iker Muniain - Sabin Merino

Aritz Aduriz

Option 2

Iago Herrerin

Eneko Bóveda - Mikel San José - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Benat Etxebarria

Markel Susaeta - Óscar de Marcos - Iker Muniain - Sabin Merino

Aritz Aduriz

Option 2 would be a kind of Marcelo Bielsa lineup, with his classic 4-1-4-1. I guess Ernesto will stick to his system and play option 1. Elustondo just came out of a long term injury and he probably thinks Gurpe is too slow for Eibar fast attackers. If Bóveda plays a good match he could have an opportunity to stay in that position given Etxeita's current poor form.

Bench:
GK Alex Remiro
DF Inigo Lekue
DF Carlos Gurpegi
MF Gorka Elustondo
MF Mikel Rico
FW Borja Viguera
FW Inaki Williams



 

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Mendilibar starts with:

Asier Riesgo

Ander Capa - Mauro Dos Santos - Iván Ramis - David Juncá

Keko Gontán - Dani García - Adrián González - Saúl Berjón

Sergi Enrich - Borja Bastón

 

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HT: Athletic 3-1 Eibar

0-1 Borja Bastón
1-1 Aritz Aduriz
2-1 Sabin Merino
3-1 Aymeric Laporte

Don't be fooled by the score, we started bad, receiving a goal in minute 3. Then Aritz scored one of the goals of the season but Saúl Berjón had a one to one with Iago to score the 1-2. Things would have been different if Saúl would have scored. Our second and third goals came from good set pieces from Benat, and with terrible marking by Eibar.

Now we look confident but Eibar can score in one of our -quite a few- mistakes. Hopefully we score the 4th and Aritz, Benat and Iker can rest for the Cup.
 

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I am watching the match as well.

After Eibar scored I already thought that it was over again, but this time Athletic reacted great. Anybody seen Aduriz' goal? How cool is that! :D
And then as well Sabin and Loprte scored, so it is now 3:1 at halftime.

Benat is having a great match, hopefully he will stay in that form for a while.

Let's hope the team continues like that in the second half, Athletic needs these 3 points so bad.
 

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BTW, what's up with Laporte's goal celebration???? :D

If I try to do that I'd have to go to the hospital....
 

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Laporte? He just caused a penalty for Eibar and got a yellow card. It is now 3:2...

but Eibar has a player who is commiting a lot of fouls and he should have seen a yellow one as well, but of course didn't. -.-
 

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FT: Athletic Club 5-2 Eibar

0-1 Borja Bastón
1-1 Aritz Aduriz
2-1 Sabin Merino
3-1 Aymeric Laporte
3-2 Borja Bastón (p)
4-2 Aritz Aduriz
5-2 Mauro Dos Santos (og)

Entertaining match for a Sunday morning eh?

Aritz :proud:
 

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Aritz on fire! :D He needs to be like that on wednesday, too!

But well. The game today is way much more important, as we anyways do not have much chances in the copa.
 

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Nice game, relaxed victory! Just a pity Aritz fckd up the 1-on-1 at the very end, but then again 6 would be way too harsh for Eibar. Also Dos Santos almost scored 2 own goals :D Just hope this loss wont bring them down, I really liked the way they've played this season
 
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