Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Amorebieta,
Gurpegui, Castillo (Ruíz de Galarreta 81'); Iturraspe, De Marcos;
Susaeta, Muniain, Isma López (Llorente 46'); Aduríz (Ibai
Gómez 58'). 4-2-3-1.
Kiryat: Amos; Gabai, Tzedek, Hasarma, Matovic; Tasevski, Rochet (Elisha 74'), Gazal, Eibinder (Vahaba 89'); Abuhazira (Porokara 79'), Lencse. 4-4-2.
0-1. 13. Lencse. Deflection from Rochet's shot which wrong-footed Iraizoz.
1-1. 40. Susaeta. Collected Isma López cross and fired angled shot past Amos.
Last season's losing finalists Athletic Bilbao had more problems than expected against little known opponents Hapoel Kiryat, the Israeli side coming away from the San Mamés stadium with a point after a 1-1 draw. Lencse deflected Rochet's shot past Iraizoz to open the scoring early on, but after that it was all Athletic, with Susaeta, De Marcos and Aduríz all going close before Susaeta picked up an Isma López cross to equalize. After the break Bielsa brought on the reinstated Llorente to a mixed reception from the fans, but despite numerous occasions even he was unable to beat Amos and his defence. The statistics say it all, 70% possession, 27 shots at goal, but in the end a home draw against the weakest opponents in the group, and that could cost them dearly later on.