A great show of counter attacking football by Las Palmas has seen them pick up a 3-1 home victory against Athletic Bilbao.

This was a really entertaining game to watch for anyone who did tune into it.  It took a little bit of time for the game to get started and both teams to develop but as the game went on it certainly delivered what we expected, an entertaining game.

The teams lined up as follows:

Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga, Boveda, Lopez, Laporte, Balenziaga, San Jose, Benat, Williams, Garcia, Lekue Martinez, Aduriz

Las Palmas: Varas Herrera, Macedo, Santana, Bigas, Lopes, Mesa Quevedo, Dominguez, Viera, Gomez Umpierrez, Boateng, Livaja

Match Review and Analysis

The first key thing that did happen in the game was in the third minute when Athletic Bilbao should arguably have been awarded a penalty through Aduriz going down in the box.  The referee looked like he was going to point his hand to the spot but nothing was given.

Off the back of this there was some significantly good attacking play within the first 10 minutes of the game by Bilbao and its fair to see in that first part of the game they dominated.  Las Palmas themselves, really struggled to get out of their own half during the first quarter of the game and their only real chance during that time was a free kick, which led to no goal.

However, Las Palmas did develop as the half went on with some good chances being made on the break by their midfield.  A notable chance came from Michel Macedo in the 27th minute when an excellent ball was played to him down the right, he should really have touched the ball down and hit it across goal, but instead he tried for glory on the volley and failed, hitting the ball high and wide.

In the 30th minute, the first yellow of the match was awarded to Athletic player Laporte, for an accidentally bad timed challenged.

In the 40th minute the scoring was finally opened by the hosts through Kevin Prince Boateng.  This was brought about through some great work down the right by Las Palmas with a dangerous low cross into Boateng by Macedo, who then hit it into the bottom right from the right edge side of the six yard box.

The score stayed the same going into half time.  At half time, Momo came on for Kevin Prince Boateng.

Las Palmas, again started the second half strongly and contained any attacks that Bilbao attempted to make way.  In the 50th minute, this great defensive work was rewarded as they intercepted the ball from Athletic Bilbao and went onto the attack, this counter attack ended in a well placed shot across goal by substitute Momo.

Great build up play continued throughout the second half for Las Palmas with some great chances created, they kept possession well and remained good on the ball throughout the rest match making great use of their attacking players on the wings when going for counter attacks.  Despite the good counter attacking play in the second half, it really was the Athletic centre halves who saved the day for Athletic helping to fend off many counter attacking chances created by Las Palmas.

In the 67th minute, Las Palmas had a real chance to seal the match for a 3-0 victory with some great play down the wing by Jonathan Viera who put anoth dangerous ball across the box to Tana who stupidly instead of placing the shot thought it would be a great idea to try and showboat with a back heel flick on the ball, this hit the right post and made Tana look like a bit of a spanner.

Things got a bit worse for Athletic Bilbao with their top scoring striker, Aduriz being sent off in the 73rd minute for having cross words with the referee.  However, this was remedied as in the 77th minute Athletic Bilbao received a penalty which was neatly converted by Raul Garcia.  This really made me think game on as Athletic Bilbao are a team you should never count out.

However Las Palmas’ momentum kept going into the dying moments of the game.  Despite some real chances for Athletic in the 79th with subsitute Elustondo and Lekue Martinez, Las Palmas did end up sealing the game, again on the counter attack with a magnificently chipped shot by Jonathan Viera.

5 minutes were added on at the end to account for the many stoppages during the game, but these were of no use to Athletic who saw Las Palmas run out as 3-1 winners.  Athletic’s torrid away from home record continues…

Overall a really entertaining game to watch and if you have a chance to watch a replay or highlights of this match make sure you do!

Key Match Statistics:

  • Possession: LP 53.6% – 46.4% AB
  • Total Shots: LP 10 – 10 AB
  • On Target: LP 4 – 3 AB
  • Off Target: LP 6 – 6 AB
  • Pass Completion: LP 78% – 73.9% AB
  • Key Passes Made: LP 9 – 5 AB
  • Clear Cut Chances: LP 2 – 1 AB

Changes to the Table

  • No Change

Match Rating

A really good entertaining match, with plenty of excellent attacking football to witness.  8.3.