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SD EIBAR (11th place, 27 points)
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ATHLETIC CLUB (12th place, 27 points)​

DATE: Sunday, March 1, 2015 (5 p.m. CET; 8 a.m. PT)
LOCATION: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua (Eibar)
U.S. TV: None
ONLINE: BeIN Sports Connect (http://www.beinsportsconnect.tv/livenow/bein-sports-connect)
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ATHLETIC ROSTER:

Iraizoz, Laporte, San José, Beñat, De Marcos, Ibai, Iago Herrerín, Susaeta, Iraola, X.Etxeita, Mikel Rico, Gurpegi, Muniain, Aduriz, Guillermo, Balenziaga, Unai López, Williams, Yeray (debut, given #32).

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EIBAR ROSTER:

Xabi Iruretagoiena, Jaime, Bóveda, Lillo, Dídac Vilà, Añibarro, Raúl Navas, Ekiza, Errasti, Dani García, Borja Fernández, Javi Lara, Saúl Berjón, Capa, Manu del Moral, Arruabarrena, Lekic, Piovaccari.
 

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Players called-up by Ernesto Valverde:

Iraizoz, Iago.
Laporte, Iraola, Etxeita, Gurpegi, Balenziaga, Yeray.
San José, Beñat, De Marcos, Susaeta, Rico, Unai López.
Ibai, Muniain, Aduriz, Guillermo, Williams.

Suspended: -
Injured: Bustinza, Iturraspe.
Out: Aurtenetxe, Aketxe, Toquero, Sola.
Doubt: Laporte, Gurpegi.

19 players called due to Laporte (fever) and Gurpegi (knee) problems. First call-up for Yeray, Bilbao Athletic CB who is called to be an important player for Athletic in the future. Guillermo returns after a very long injury.

Probable XI

Gorka Iraizoz

Andoni Iraola - Xabi Etxeita - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel Rico - Mikel San José

Markel Susaeta - Óscar de Marcos - Iker Muniain

Iñaki Williams
 

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Iribar, I thought Yeray was still suspended in Segunda B. How is he eligible to play?
 

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Starts i 50 minutes, valverde starts with:

Gorka Iraizoz

Óscar de Marcos - Carlos Gurpegi - Xabi Etxeita - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel San José - Mikel Rico

Guillermo Fernández - Iker Muniain - Ibai Gómez

Iñaki Williams

Bench:

GK Iago Herrerin
DF Aymeric Laporte
DF Andoni Iraola
MF Beñat Etxebarria
MF Unai López
MF Markel Susaeta
FW Aritz Aduriz

Or maybe Iker on the right and 2 upfront? I don't know, I see no midfield, I expect another crazy game, without any control from our side.

So basically, expecting goals.. our fast attack can create problems to their slow defense and their strong attackers will have a tough fight with our defence.
 

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Garitano starts with:

Jaime Jiménez

Eneko Bóveda - Txema Añibarro - Raúl Navas - Manuel 'Lillo'

Dani García - Jon Errasti

Ander Capa - Mikel Arruabarrena - Manu del Moral

Federico Piovaccari

Bench: Irureta, Ekiza, Borja FF, Lekic, Didac Vilà, Saul Berjón, Javi Lara.​






 

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Iribar, I thought Yeray was still suspended in Segunda B. How is he eligible to play?
I think the suspension finished this weekend, he didn't play yesterday because he was called for the first team. In the end he's not playing for any of the teams.
 

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Nobody watching?
Gurpegi scored the only goal in the first half.

We are leading, but in the end of the first half Eibar started to dominate the match (in my opinion). It is always like this.. Athletic scores, our opponent recovers very fast and starts to bring us in trouble.

Athletic MUST score another one, otherwise I see us at least not winning.

And we NEED these three points!!!
 

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San José got a yellow card.. so for that he won't play against Real Madrid. -.-

And like I feared... can't see much of Athletic in the second half, but Eibar looks clearly motivated to get something out from this match.
Might be just me who thinks like that... but to me, Mikel Rico is simply clueless today.
 

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What?! Iraola in for Williams?

What the heck? It is minute 75, we are leading by one damn goal... as we badly need another one, Valverde brings a defender for a forward?
We all know that it is too dangerous to park the bus if your defense isn't that good...

And for Iraola.. it is the 500th match at Athletic for him?
 

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Ibai Gomez out, Susatea in. This was Athletic's last change...
Minute 86, Eibar 0:1 Athletic, but they are having a corner right now... starting to bite my nails...
 

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Solid performance...although I really wouldn't mind sharing the points with Eibar who in this age of $£ epitomise all that used to be good in the game.

Well played Gurpegi...these are the games that suit him.
 

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Aduriz's 300th game in La Liga.

Iraola's 500th game with Athletic.

Just 11 points behind Málaga for the last European place with 13 games to go (unless we win the Copa, because otherwise it's a foregone conclusion Barcelona wins it if we don't IMO).

On a side note, this has been a bad year for Rico after an above average 2013-14. Hopefully this isn't age creeping in but I think it is.

VIDEO OF THE GOLDEN GURPEGUI GOAL (Click play, then "Watch on YouTube"):
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