FULL TIME: Rakitic floats in a free-kick that is cleared by the Bilbao defence, and the final whistle goes. An impressive win for Marcelo Bielsa's side, and that is 11 games unbeaten now after that shaky start. Thanks for joining us for live commentary.
- 2nd Half
- Iñigo PérezRamalho86'
- De Marcos71'
- San José48'
- 1st Half
- De Marcos43'
Sevilla FC - Athletic Club
Liga - 21 November 2011
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Two minutes added time.
That is a terrible hack by Spahic on Muniain, and he gets a yellow card. The home side's frustration is coming through.
Perez is coming off limping, replaced by Ramalho, and then Llorente comes off, with Gaizka Toquero on.
Sevilla are asking for a penalty as the ball hits San Jose's shoulder in the area, but he was taking evasive action and it hit the chest anyway. So no way, San Jose.
Martin Caceres fouls Perez on the edge of the area, but Herrera's floated free-kick into the box is easily cleared.
Bilbao are showing off now, with about 20 passes in midfield, before Spahic tires off it all and tackles De Marcos hard on the left flank.
The third substitution for the home side, as Argentinian midfielder Emiliano Armenteros replaces Perotti.
De Marcos makes it 2-1 for Athletic Bilbao. He robs the ball off a sleeping Sevilla defender to feed Muniain, who slips the ball down the channel. His initial shot is saved by Varas, but the ball drops straight at his feet, and he is able to tap in to an empty goal.
Piotr Trochowski is off for Sevilla. He is replaced by Ivan Rakitic.
Bilbao go so close. A lovely chestdown in the box by Herrara to Llorente takes the striker wide, but he cuts the ball back for the midfielder to shoot, only for Emir Spahic to clear off the line. Llorente wastes the rebound.
The striker Manu del Moral is coming on for Sevilla, to replace Negredo. Sevilla manager Marcelino Garcia Toral obviously thinks his side need more, or rather better, up front.
It is impossible to know which way this will go. Navas is looking dangerous for Sevilla, but Bilbao are making the better chances. Llorente tries for a diving header, but he fails to get enough on the ball.
That is a real chance again for Bilbao, as Markel Susaeta receives the ball on the left-hand edge of the box, but he tries to find Llorente rather than taking responsibility himself.
Where did that come from? Perotti had five defenders in front of him as he cut in from the right, but unleashed a piledriver that Iraizoz did well to save.
Inigo Perez is limping after colliding with Kanoute as the pair jumped for a high ball. He should be all right, though.
Mikel San Jose goes in the book for tripping Perotti on the edge of the box.The Argentinian's free-kick hits the wall, however.
A Perotti free-kick from 35 yards goes through a mass of players but Iraizoz keeps his eye on the ball rather than the bdies in front of him to save.
Just looking at the stats, the visitors have had 55 percent possession, and eight shots at goal compared to Sevilla's four. Sevilla were late out of for the restart. I wonder if that is a portent?
That's half-time. All-square, but Bilbao looking the better side.
A combination of Navarro and Escude seemed to bundle Llorente off the ball as he went to try and head home a cross. The Spain striker was most unhappy at the challenge, but no penalty.
Oscar de Marcos given a deserved yellow card for pulling down Navas on the right touchline.
Irao'a chips to the far post when released down the right channel. He had a clear shot at goal, and really should have shot himself.
You can see why the Basque club have gone 10 games unbeaten, as they are really sharp on the ball, but there are gaps in defence that the Sevilla strikers are looking to exploit.
Negredo shoots right-footed from 30 yards, but his snap effort is dealt with by Iraizoz low to his left.
Llorente forces a mistake from Sevilla defender Julien Escude, and pulls the ball back for Herrara, who sweeps his right-foot shot just wide.
There is plenty happening at both ends, with Bilbao's trickery in the final third prompting a number of fouls from the Sevilla defence. Sevilla look sharp up front, with Kanoute and Perotti linking well.
Perez's looped free-kick with his left-foot is well over the Sevilla bar.
Foul by Navarro on the edge of the box on Muniain earns him a yellow card.
Varas produces a good punched clearance to deny Inigo Perez from a free-kick.
Llorente skips down the left and cuts the ball back across the six yard box, but his low cross is cleared by Navarro. That was a good chance for the visitors.
Navas with a far post header is well wide, but Sevilla are making all the running here.
Sevilla had plenty of the ball, with a corner being cleared by the Bilbao defence. But the ball found its way back to the goalkeeper Varas, who punted the ball forward for Kanoute to flick on, and Navas finished coolly with a right-foot finish across Gorka Iraizoz in the Bilbao goal.
GOAL for Jesus Navas for Sevilla. It is 1-1.
Dreadful foul Llorente on the left, but the Sevilla free-kick comes to nothing.
Free-kick to Bilbao, and the ball drops to Andoni Iraola on the edge of the box after a dreadful half-clearance, and he drills the ball past Javis Varas low to the left of the goal.
GOAL: Andoni Iraola for Athletic Bilbao.
Slow start so far. Free-kick to Sevilla from 20 yards taken by Perotti. Headed out for a corner, that comes to nothing.
And we are off in Seville.
Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente picked up a knock to his knee while on duty with Spain, but is fit to start.
As expected, strikers Alvaro Negredo and Freddy Kanoute and Argentinian midfielder Diego Perotti start for Sevilla.
SEVILLA: J. Varas; Caceres, Spahic, Escude, Navarro; Navas, Fazio, Trochowski, Perotti; Negredo and Kanoute...Subs: Palop, Alexis, Rakitic, Armenteros, Manu del Moral, Coke and Salva Rivas./// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz; Iraizoz; San Jose, Javi Martinez, Aurtenetxe; Iraola, Iñigo Perez, Herrera, De Marcos; Susaeta, Llorente and Muniain...Subs: Raul, Toquero, David Lopez, Ibai, Gabilondo, Jonas and Koikili.
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