Two penalties broke Hertha on San Mamas, Östersund is already on the 1/16-finals
After a strong second half Athletic Bilbao turned Hertha (Berlin) 3:2 and made a big step towards the standings for the elimination phase of League Europe. Aritz Aduris made two penalties and Inyaki Williams brought the Basque victory in the 82nd minute. Herta led twice but did not withstand the house pressure after the break and stayed at the bottom of group J and forgave her chances to move forward. For the 1/16-finals, the Swedish Oosterzund thinks that he has managed 2-0 against Zorja (Lugansk) and with a 10-point lead he heads the table. In the last round, the Ukrainians host Athletic and will also play in the tournament by volleyball picks in the spring. For the Bilbao team, it will be enough.
At San Mamas Athletic played tragically before the break, but after it found the strength to reach the three points. Again, a hero for Jose Siganda`s team was Aritz Aduris, who did not hesitate and scored two penalties for the hosts. It was Matthew Leakey and Davey Selke. Pal Dardai`s men scored fifth consecutive loss as a guest in the European Tournaments and will have to focus on their performance in the Bundesliga.
Both teams had a lot of changes compared to the teams they started in their last championship matches. The host`s coach blamed Aritz Adouris on the tip of the attack, and Iyani Williams and Inigo Cordoba acted on the wings. For Hertha, the only clean striker was Davey Selke, but he was backed by Matthew Leakey and Maximilian Mittelstet. The start was definitely better for the guests, but three times Atletic goalkeeper Jagi Erein showed an impressive reflex. In one of the situations, he saved consecutive dangerous blows to Zelke and Fabian Lustenberger. By the middle of the half-century, the Basques did not organize any meaningful attack, and the pressure did not fall before their door. This resulted in the 26th minute when Leky headed a centrist from the left flank and opened the score for Hertha. Contrary to logic, Athletic managed to equalize in the 35th minute. Iwani Williams turned well in the penalty area and was defeated by Sebastian Langkamp. Referee Paolo Talyavento immediately pointed to the white point and Aris Adouris realized the penalty. As a matter of fact, Hertha`s watchman Krassut felt the direction of the strike, but could not reflect it and Adouris scored another goal in the tournament. The experienced striker is one of three players, together with Oscar Cardoso and Radamel Falcoo, with over 20 goals in Europa League. However, the scandalous performance of the hosts in the defensive plan continued. As early as next minute, Valentino Lazaro was allowed to move forward and focus on the naked Zelke who, with his head, backed the advance of the Berliners. The San Mans fans did not hide their disappointment in the game of their own, and they boomed them at the end of the half-time. The second part was radically different. In a game for Athletic came Markel Susaeta and Ander Ituros, who helped the hosts to stay permanently in the opposing half. The centering of Aduris followed one after another, and Herta`s defense did not look strong enough. In the 65th minute, the captain of the Germans Langkamp played by hand in the penalty box after?
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