It seemed that the one in San Mamés was going to be a strong coffee game, a ristretto of the kind that leaves two nights without sleep, but with so much water that fell on Bilbao since mid-afternoon, it ended up becoming an American coffee, long and smooth. The two teams tied on merits and repeated the score of the first round
While in the box smiles were distributed after the approval of the budgets for the second round, despite the censure of the directive's performance, on the field There were moments of frowning in the first half, when Athletic did not get anything and Villarreal everything. That all and that nothing were relative, of course, because Athletic's nothing and Villarreal's everything were practically the same. One chance to score was enough for Emery's team, buried in the stands by his suspension, to go ahead on the scoreboard after a slalom by Pedraza, the second, which Gerard took advantage of, always opportune, after the rebound. Athletic had thrown more on Asenjo's goal, but without too much shaft, but he was hurting on the grass with a Villarreal that covered gaps and watched the game from the sofa, without taking risks. Marcos, Íñigo Martínez, Dani García, Berenguer (Capa, min. 77), Unai López, Muniain, Raúl García (Villalibre, min. 82) and WilliamsVillarrealAsenjo, Juan Foyth, Alfonso Pedraza (Samuel Chukwueze, min. 84), Pau Francisco Torres, Albiol, Moi Gómez (Pervis Estupiñán, min. 69), Trigueros (Fernando Niño, min. 61), Capoue (Jaume Costa, min. 84), Parejo, Gerard Moreno and Alcácer (Yeremi Pino, min. 61) Goals0 -1 min. 15: Gerard Moreno. 1-1 min. 43: Berenguer. Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande Yellow cards Capoue (min. 39), Dani García (min. 52), Juan Foyth (min. 54) and Unai López (min. 85)
Of course, Athletic cannot be given too much rope, because it may be clumsy and misguided, but not giving up, and when the break knocked on the doors, Yuri put a horizontal ball into the small area, Williams touched in the direction of the goal and Berenguer appeared there to score his third goal in two days, and become the top and unexpected scorer of the Bilbaons.
Athletic took the initiative after the break, Villarreal entrusted in a lethal counter, but the yellow's legs were heavy after the European Thursday. It could come, but more because of other people's awkwardness than its own merits. The Bilbao team loaded the coffee maker, a good decision on such an inhospitable night and squeezed their rival in the vicinity of their area, with the bands more operational than at the beginning.
It generated a feeling of danger and forced Asenjo in a cross shot by Berenguer and another from Williams head up close. With Muniain more active, Athletic gained weight, but Villarreal defended well, which with the changes in the final minutes cooled off and allowed themselves the luxury of pressing something else, not too much, to at least shake off their dominance. He did not give for more.