•  Enes Ünal, with his 14th goal in the league so far, opened the scoring at the first change and Yuri equalized before the break
  • The lions did not know how to make profitable the controversial expulsion of Cuenca with half an hour with one more in front of a huge David Soria
Athletic and Getafe share the points with the VAR as the protagonist

Distribution of points in San Mamés in a match marked by controversy and the VAR. Enes Ünal put Getafe ahead as soon as the game started and Yuri equalized before the break. With numerical superiority from the 65th minute due to Cuenca’s controversial expulsion, the lions gradually got worse despite playing with one more.

David Soria had a lot to do with the point scored by his team. The visiting goalkeeper has extremely inspired especially Vivian’s headers. Once again, the set-piece was the main source of danger for an Athletic team that generated many scoring chances, but once again lacked finishing success.

Quique Sánchez Flores’ men arrived in Bilbao with very clear ideas and made things difficult for their rival. Not even the fact of playing with one less for more than half an hour made them lose heart in the match. The zones knew how to resist until the end without giving up looking for a surprise on the counterattack.

Marcelino faced the visit of Getafe with the same team that he presented days before at Betis. No change, therefore, in the rojiblanca line-up despite the defeat at Villamarín. The Asturian coach kept his bet.

On the other hand, Quique had to make two variations in his eleven. Arambarri and Maksimovic, key pieces in the blue midfield, were dropped due to physical problems. Gonzalo Villar and Óscar took their place within a system made up of five defenders, three midfielders, and two forwards.

Enes Ünal opened the scoring at the first change. Djene crossed and his teammate, in full scoring streak during this League, beat Unai Simón with a header, thus signing his fourteenth goal. The Bilbao reaction was immediate. Berenguer, Williams, and Vesga immediately tried their luck against an inspired David Soria. Olivera and Óscar also tried it against the local goal.

The red and white insistence, with Vivian joining the list of Bilbao shooters, ended up bearing fruit after an elaborate move between Muniain and Williams that Yuri culminated with a tremendous kick. Shortly after this 1-1, Athletic requested a penalty from Djene on Vivian that neither the referee nor the VAR appreciated. The Getafe center-back had also previously requested another one from Vencedor.

The second half started with the occasion of Williams and an annulled goal, via VAR, to Olivera for offside. Athletic, after the scare, once again insisted on their offensive. The controversy again splashed the game in a play that, after prior passage through Gil Manzano’s VAR, concluded with Cuenca’s expulsion for knocking down Sancet when he went towards the rival goal.

The lions, in numerical superiority from the 65th minute, intensified their attack while David Soria continued to show off shots from Williams and Vivian. Marcelino opted to introduce Nico Williams first, Raúl García and Villalibre later, and Nico Serrano and Petxa later. Quique chose to gradually introduce Mayoral, Okay, and finally Iglesias and Mata. Getafe knew how to close lines well against an Athletic team that got worse with the changes introduced by Marcelino.

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