Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao: Points shared after Ángel strike

Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao: Points shared after Ángel strike

January 20, 2018 Off By Henry Flynn

Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to move above Getafe in La Liga, as home striker Ángel Rodríguez scored a second half equaliser in an entertaining match where three penalties were awarded.

Iñaki Williams’ sensational effort gave the visitors an early advantage, but Jorge Molina’s penalty restored parity before half-time.

Raúl García’s spot-kick put the away side ahead once again, but after Molina missed the chance to score another penalty, Ángel converted from close range to earn his team a draw.

Getafe went into the match unbeaten in their last six La Liga home fixtures, but started the weaker of the two sides.

Williams struck a shot just wide on six minutes, after finding space to run at the host’s defence.

Getafe threatened with Molina’s powerful header, but his effort was saved comfortably by away stopper Iago Herrerín.

Williams found the net shortly after, as he exquisitely cushioned a first-time volley beyond the reach of goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, after being picked out by long-range ball from the defence.

The superb strike was soon cancelled out as Molina calmly placed home a penalty, after he had been unfairly obstructed by the goalkeeper.

Getafe almost went ahead but Mauro Arambarri’s reflex shot narrowly missed after Herrerín fumbled a dangerous free kick.

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Athletic had an opportunity to score again before the interval, but forward Sabin Merino’s header drifted marginally off target.

Early in the second half, the visitors regained the lead through García’s assured penalty, after a foul was given because of blatant shoving in the box.

But Getafe had the opportunity to reply almost immediately. Molina was brought down once again by Herrerín, but this time the striker’s penalty attempt was excellently saved.

Getafe were not finished, however, and after Francisco Portillo nodded down Vitorino Antunes’ lofted pass, substitute striker Ángel was unmarked to stab a finish past a helpless Martínez in goal.

Athletic are next in action at home to Eibar in a week’s time, while Los Azulones travel south to play Sevilla next Sunday.