On Wednesday, Real and Athletic Bilbao were held to a 1-1 draw at the Reale Arena. Real were looking forward to meeting again, following a previous defeat to Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao are struggling for form following a draw in their last match. At the moment, Real are in 5th place, with 46 points from 29 matches, while Athletic Bilbao sit in 10th, with 36 points from 29.
Following a goalless first half, Athletic Bilbao took the initiative in the second half, thanks to Asier Villalibre giving The Lions the lead, on 85 minutes. In the end though, their lead was short lived, as Roberto Lopez equalised for Real just before the final whistle. The final result, Real 1, Athletic Bilbao 1.
For Real, Nacho Monreal, Andoni Gorosabel, Adnan Januzaj, Portu and Roberto Lopez, came on for Yeray Alvarez, Oscar De Marcos, Yuri Berchiche, Raul Garcia and Iker Muniain. Athletic Bilbao brought on Unai Nunez, Ander Capa, Mikel Balenziaga, Asier Villalibre and Inigo Lekue, to replace Yeray Alvarez, Oscar De Marcos, Yuri Berchiche, Raul Garcia and Iker Muniain.
There were bookings for Aihen Munoz, Igor Zubeldia and Martin Zubimendi from Real, and Dani Garcia, for Athletic Bilbao.
Real will play away against Valencia, while Athletic Bilbao will face Alaves at home.
|Real Sociedad:||Unai Simon, Oscar De Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berchiche, Alex Berenguer, Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain, Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams|
|Athletic Club:||Alex Remiro, Aritz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand, Igor Zubeldia, Aihen Munoz, Ander Barrenetxea, Ander Guevara, Martin Zubimendi, Carlos Fernandez, Alexander Isak and Mikel Oyarzabal|
|Stadium:||the Reale Arena|
|Goals:||Asier Villalibre (0-1, min. 85) and Roberto Lopez (1-1, min. 89)|