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0-0: Athletic Club held to goalless stalemate in Almería

The Rojiblancos, despite being down to 10 men from the 52nd minute, came closest to winning. Marezi hit the woodwork in the 89th minute. The team were class and confident defending against mighty Athletic Club de Bilbao

UD Almería could have won the match, but they could also have lost it. It seems cliché, but it is the reality. In the 86th minute, a point against Athletic Club when they were reduced to 10 men, seemed to be fair enough since opponent Raúl García crashed a ball into the post. With 89 minutes on the clock, with Marezi's chance denied by the woodwork, there was that feeling that has haunted UD Almeria since the 2023/24 season kicked off with another squandered opportunity. 

Several significant changes were made to the starting XI. January transfer window's recruit Radovanović made his UD Almería debut. In the midfield, Baba took Melero's place, while Choco replaced suspended Léo Baptistão. In addition, it is relevant to mention that Edgar returned to the axis of defence as a centre-back. 

In the opening exchanges, both teams looked well organised with fighting spirit, showing defensive solidity and avoiding dangerous plays that could end in goals. Moving the ball with fluidity became a difficult task and scoring opportunities were scarce for much of the first forty-five minutes, however, after the first third of the match, Athletic stepped up a gear and the first clear scoring opportunities began to emerge. Among them, a powerful header from Paredes stood out, coming off a corner, which seemed destined to find the back of the net, but was blocked thanks to a superb save by Luis Maximiano, which could become the best save of Matchday 24 as he stretched until he reached the ball to deflect it. 

The visitors from Bilbao dominated play throughout the last minutes of the first half, yet it would be UD Almería who whipped in the last big chance before the break. Choco headed in after a great cross from team-mate Pubill. His shot was planned away by Unai Simón who was well positioned between the sticks. Some positive signs but both teams were deadlocked at half-time (0-0).

The second half did not start well at all for the Indálicos since Ramazani received his marching orders after being shown the second yellow card in the game, and thus reducing the offensive capacity of the hosts. From that moment on, the Rojiblancos were forced to adopt a defensive approach, concentrating on maintaining the score nil-nil and trying their hardest to surprise on the counter-attacks. That was the game plan. 

Athletic piled forward on the attack, but lacked pinpoint precision, which allowed Garitano's 10-man squad to clear all the balls fired by the Basque Country outfit. Both sides reserved the clearest opportunities for the final stretch of the match. The visitors struck first with a strike booted by Raúl García that hit the post within 86 minutes. 

Just three minutes later, Marezi missed an incredible chance for UD Almería to celebrate their first victory, in an epic situation that took place almost in added time. It was the perfect script to earn three points in one go for the first time this season. Unfortunately, his shot was denied by the woodwork. What a shame! 

UD Almería are unable to break their hoodoo as they remain winless one more match week despite plucking up the courage against opponents of enormous potential on the South coast.

Once inicial UD Almería
Radovanovic debutó con el equipo
Ramazani fue muy incisivo toda la primera parte
El encuentro fue muy disputado hasta el final
Ramazani vio la tarjeta roja tras una doble cartulina amarilla
Marezi, en el 89, tuvo una ocasión muy clara de gol
El equipo no se podía creer la oportunidad perdida
Los rojiblancos se dejaron todo sobre el césped
Match summary
UD Almería
UD Almería
Power Horse Stadium
Athletic Club
Athletic Club
Maximiano photo
Unai Simon photo
01Unai Simon
Edgar photo
Paredes photo
Radovanovic photo
Yeray photo
Marc Pubill photo
18Marc Pubill
Yuri photo
Centelles photo
De Marcos photo
18De Marcos
Baba photo
Vesga photo
Robertone photo
Berenguer photo
Lopy photo
Williams photo
Ramazani photo
R. De Galarreta photo
16R. De Galarreta65
Arribas photo
Unai G. photo
30Unai G.45
Lozano photo
Villalibre photo
Gaizka Garitano
Ernesto Valverde
D. Mariño photo
01D. Mariño
Agirrezabala photo
Fernando C.s. photo
13Fernando C.s.
I. Lekue photo
15I. Lekue
Alex Pozo photo
17Alex Pozo
Imanol photo
Bruno Langa photo
24Bruno Langa65
Prados photo
Paco Sanz photo
27Paco Sanz
O. Sancet photo
08O. Sancet65
Jonathan Viera photo
08Jonathan Viera
Dani García photo
14Dani García
Melero photo
Ander Herrera photo
21Ander Herrera65
Embarba photo
Raul Garcia photo
22Raul Garcia45
Marezi photo
Jaureguizar photo
Muniain photo
Adu Ares photo
23Adu Ares73
Match officials
Victor García Verdura
Joan Méndez Mateo
Julián Villaseñor Julián
Jorge Tarraga Lajara
Fourth official
Mateo Busquets Ferrer
Video Assistant Referee
Valentín Pizarro Gómez
Assistant VAR Official