September 23, 2012
Bilbao and Malaga draw blank
Chances were few and far between at San Mames as Athletic Bilbao played out a dull 0-0 draw with Malaga.
Aritz Aduriz hit the side-netting for the home side while Eliseu came closest to breaking the deadlock after the interval but the Primera Division match was otherwise a forgettable affair.
The only bright spot for Malaga at least is that they remain unbeaten in the league.
The visitors came into the match on the back of a superb start to the season, winning three of their four La Liga fixtures and beating Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League in midweek.
Athletic had not been as successful with just one win from four attempts, while they could only draw with Israeli side Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in the Europa League.
If the crowd had been expecting an entertaining match at San Mames, they would have felt slightly cheated by the final whistle.
Markel Susaeta fired over for the home side from 18 yards with nine minutes on the clock.
Athletic goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was then tested by a strike from Isco, while Joaquin Sanchez also put a header wide as Malaga tried to get things moving.
However, it was Athletic who had the best chance of the half five minutes before the interval when Susaeta curled a cross into the area but Aduriz could only find the side-netting from a narrow angle.
The second half showed few signs of improvement with no shots from either team in the opening 25 minutes.
Malaga finally mustered a weak effort from Isco from inside the box which was comfortably held by Raul after 74 minutes.
Two minutes later, Eliseu produced the best shot of the night with a powerful curling strike from 30 yards which was palmed away by a diving Raul.
Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero was then brought out of his slumber eight minutes from time to parry an attempted chip from Susaeta.
Yet despite the late signs of life, no goal appeared much to the frustration of the fans.
|13 Raúl||13 Wilfredo Caballero|
|23 Borja Ekiza||3 Weligton|
|18 Carlos Gurpegui||5 Martín Demichelis|
|22 Xabier Castillo||15 Nacho Monreal|
|15 Andoni Iraola||2 Jesus Gamez|
|19 Iker Muniaín||22 Isco|
|10 Oscar de Marcos||6 Ignacio Camacho|
|8 Ander Iturraspe||8 Jeremy Toulalan|
|20 Aritz Aduriz||9 Javier Saviola|
|16 Ismael López Blanco||18 Eliseu|
|14 Markel Susaeta||7 Joaquín|
|9 Fernando Llorente||Roque Santa Cruz 24|
|5 Fernando Amorebieta||Carlos Kameni 1|
|6 Mikel San Jose||Duda 17|
|2 Gaizka Toquero||Oguchi Onyewu 23|
|11 Ibai Gomez||Francisco Portillo 19|
|27 Ruiz de Galarreta||Seba Fernández 11|
|30 Arrizabalaga||Manuel Iturra 16|
|Fernando Llorente for Ismael López Blanco (45)||Roque Santa Cruz for Javier Saviola (57)|
|Ibai Gomez for Ismael López Blanco (45)||Francisco Portillo for Joaquín (67)|
|Gaizka Toquero for Iker Muniaín (88)||Manuel Iturra for Jeremy Toulalan (79)|
|Carlos Gurpegui (1)||Martín Demichelis (19)|
|Aritz Aduriz (42)||Weligton (42)|
|Oscar de Marcos (89)||Jesus Gamez (59)|
|· Squads: Athletic Bilbao | Malaga|