ATHLETIC DE BILBAO managed to put together a good performance at home against French team PARIS ST GERMAIN winning 2 - 0. The Group F match saw the first goal arrive in the 14th min when Bilbao player GABILONDO got onto a winger pass in acrobatic fashion to lift the roof off the "San Mames" stadium. It was see-saw stuff from here with PSG missing some real "sitters" that they would play for later. The second goal for Bilbao came via SUSAETA in the 45th min which basically sealed the match.
PSG lost SISSIKO to a red card in the 52 th min ( 2º nd yellow) which left the French down to 10 men & they dedicated the rest of the game defending & halting any more Bilbao advances. Good result for Bilbao which notches its second win in Europa League.
|Juan Fran saves At.Madrid with equalizer.|
ATLETICO DE MADRID travelled to France & played RENNES in their Group I clash. The match ended in a 1 - 1 draw which saw Atletico de Madrid substitute JUAN FRAN save the team from defeat with a 87th min equalizer. Earlier Rennes had got ahead in the 56th min when MONTAÑO drove home a long range shot that took a deflection.
Atletico played way below their level & questions arise about Coach Manzano & his line-ups & field placements. The Atletico Coach was heavily criticised after Atletico lost 5 - 0 to Barça in the Liga, & tonight we again saw a lack of ideas & reaction from the Coach. Mistakes in defence for Atletico & little midfield play or discipline that saw how luck played a part & Rennes didn´t put in a great match themselves.
Positive result for Atletico, but a poor image & worst, increasing doubts on how long their "luck" will last.