Berenguer has a flower. On Thursday, the Navarrese qualified Athletic for the Cup final with a long shot that bounced off a defender. And this Sunday, against Granada, who had just entered the field, he gave Athletic three points with an unexpected shot in discount. That is, it remains in the stadium of grace.
To avoid a faint Athletic after the beating of the Cup on Thursday at the Ciutat de Valencia, and with an eye on Wednesday's appointment at the Metropolitano against Atlético (the match that postponed the snow storm), Marcelino dared to line up an alternative team, the fifth of the bottle seasoned with a handful of veterans. Against Granada, the youngsters had an important opportunity with three points at stake, no experiments with soda; a real match against a rocky natural opponent.
AthleticUnai Simón, Lekue (Berenguer, min. 83), Balenziaga, Capa, Unai Núñez (Yeray, min. 45), Jon Morcillo, Ibai Gómez (De Marcos, min. 68), Unai Vencedor, Dani García, Ohian Tirapu (Raúl García, min. 68) and Villalibre (Williams, min. 76) GranadaRui Silva, Quini (Víctor Díaz, min. 45), Foulquier, Germán, Domingos Duarte, Domingos Quina (Soldado, min. 59), Fede Vico (Kenedy, min. 59), Montoro (Brice, min. 85), Puertas (Adrián Marín, min. 81), Yangel Herrera and Jorge Molina Goles1-0 min. 2: Villalibre. 1-1 min. 77: Jorge Molina. 2-1 min. 90: Berenguer. Referee Juan Martínez Munuera Yellow cards Dani García (min. 27), Yangel Herrera (min. 58) and Unai Vencedor (min. 67)
The rojiblancos started well. On his first arrival, an interesting combination between Morcillo and Sancet ended at the feet of Villalibre, who turned around and beat Rui Silva with a cross shot to overtake Athletic. Granada, with many casualties, was stunned by the Bilbao start and it was difficult for him to react, because his rival played happy, brave and without complexes. Villalibre's power unraveled the centrals, Sancet boiled in the midpoint and Morcillo made Foulquier work more than expected.
Athletic commanded and Granada held on, which only in the last minutes of the first half loosen the queue on the way towards the goal of Unai Simón, although his late rebellious spirit was only sustained by a high header from Puertas after a lateral center, too little.
Granada came out more convinced after passing through the changing rooms, and tightened the nuts to the rojiblancos, although without endangering the goal of Unai Simón, who swelled up to catch lateral centers with solvency. Diego Martínez moved the bench, took out Soldado and Kenedy, but Marcelino replied with Raúl García and De Marcos. As soon as he entered the field, one of the new ones, Kenedy, tripped Vencedor, and another of those who were released, Raúl García, could not convert him, because Rui Silva responded with a spectacular save.
It could have been the sentence, but The missed penalty left Granada alive, which in an action that ended in suspense due to the VAR review, Jorge Molina pushed a pass from Puertas with his chest to tie the game, and put on the scoreboard the result that Marcelino hates the most, the tie at one. But there was Berenguer, fresh out of the field, as a desperate resource because fortune seems to accompany him in his last games. He had barely touched the ball, when after a rebound in a lateral center, he spliced a left foot that knocked out Granada.