Athletic Bilbao: And suddenly the red VAR

“Once the match was over and while he was still on the pitch, he hit an opponent in the face with excessive force. This fact was communicated to both delegates in the changing room tunnel, since the player involved had left the field ”.

This is what the official record says Diaz Mera on the expulsion of Iñigo Martinez once the Ciutat de Valencia clash was over. The news jumped in the middle of the press conference of Marcelino. The Athletic coach confirmed that his center-back had seen the red in the changing room tunnel. Shortly after, the rojiblanco club itself published that “after consulting the VAR, the referee showed Iñigo Martínez a red card for a game with Sergio Leon”. It remains to be seen how many games Competition puts in. Doubt for Thursday.

Levante and Athletic, in the absence of the return of this cup event scheduled for next Thursday, faced their third direct confrontation of this season yesterday. Many significant changes in both sets compared to the first time they met. The lions won that October 18, 2021 by 2-0.

One of the main variations in the Bilbao team since then has been the change of coach. Marcelino now occupies the position he held before Gaizka Garitano. That first eleven rojiblanco starter against the granotas was similar to yesterday.

Just three changes: Yeray replaced by Nuñez and the sanctioned Unai Lopez Y Dani garcia for Victor Y Vesga. Muniain, by the way, that time he exercised as a right-handed interior with Berenguer in the other band, contrary to what happened yesterday at the Ciutat de Valencia.

The Levante is more striking. Of the eleven starters in San Mamés in the League, only two players repeated yesterday on the local side: Clerc Y Morales. Aitor
Fernandez that shock was lost due to the death of his father, the injured man today Melero He played at the start and the remaining seven starters yesterday were then reserves. Almost nothing.

Taking as a reference the first leg of the Cup on the 11th in Bilbao, Athletic had four changes yesterday (Yeray, Yuri, Of
frames Y Dani
Garcia this time they stayed on the bench) and in Levante they amounted to five (Cardenas, Shutter, Radoja, Melero Y Bardhi). You only need to see how each side ended to understand the importance of the fourth and final duel.