First Division - Day 14

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Atlético Madrid 1

Athletic: Aranzubia; Iraola, Luis Prieto, Murillo (Tiko 53'), Lacruz, Casas; Etxeberría, Gurpegui (Dañobeitia 80'), Orbaiz, Yeste; Urzaiz (Julen Guerrero 75'). 5-4-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco (Falcón 38'); Valera, Perea, García Calvo, Molinero; Gabi, Zahinos; Maxi, Ibagaza, Petrov; Kezman (Mario Suárez 87'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Athletic: Urzaiz for Llorente / Atlético: García Calvo, Molinero, Zahinos, Ibagaza for Pablo, Antonio López, Luccin, Fernando Torres.

0-1. 12. Kezman. Ran on to long Zahinos pass and poked shot under Aranzubia.
1-1. 96. Orbaiz. Header from Yeste cross which bounced in off post past Falcón.

A goal in the sixth minute of injury time saved a point for Athletic Bilbao against Atlético Madrid in the San Mamés stadium, taking the Basque side off the bottom of the table. The visitors were missing four of their first choice players through injury or suspension, Antonio López dropping out of the line up late on and Fernando Torres, Luccin and Pablo all sitting out a one match ban. But although Gurpegui headed wide early on, Carlos Bianchi's side took the lead in the twelfth minute when Kezman picked up a long pass from Zahinos to beat Aranzubia.

Javier Clemente urged his players forward in reply, Gurpegui shooting just over the bar, Urzaiz failing to take advantage of Exteberría's pass and Luis Prieto heading another good chance wide. But Kezman should have put his side further ahead when Ibagaza and Petrov combined to put him through, the Serbian striker shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.

Leo Franco had picked up an injury in the opening minutes, and after holding out until shortly before the break he finally had to limp off. With second choice Cuéllar also injured, B team keeper Falcón came on to make his debut, and he got off to a confident start with a string of fine saves, including a first class block from Urzaiz early in the second half.

The clock ticked on, and it appeared that the visitors were going to take the three points until a loud firecracker thrown from the crowd exploded in the goalmouth. Falcón and a couple of defenders fell to the ground clutching their ears, but when they recovered referee González Vázquez decided to extend time added on by a couple of minutes to compensate. And as luck would have it, Orbaiz took advantage to head Yeste's cross down past the young keeper for the equaliser. For the fourth time this season Atlético had thrown away points in injury time, and Carlos Bianchi was not a happy man.