Athletic-Real Madrid: Mateu, always Mateu

Perez He returned to the San Mamés box. The president of Real Madrid got to know the rojiblanco stadium for the first time after the change of tenant in the Ibaigane chair. With Urrutia He did not get along since that Cup final that could not be played at the Bernabéu because the bathrooms were under construction. After the arrival of Elizegi, everything has changed.

Athletic, by the way, took advantage of this last League match in San Mamés to pay their particular farewell to Iago
Herrerín. The Bilbao goalkeeper, who has defended the rojiblanco club’s shirt for eight seasons, announced last summer his intention to change of scene despite having one more year of contract with the Ibaigane entity, but did not find any destination. Neither Garitano neither Marcelino They have had their services at the level of official matches this season, despite being one of the squad.

Herrerín, who yesterday jumped onto the grass escorted by Iribar and Iraizoz In the middle of a hall of honor formed by his teammates to receive a box with a shirt with the number 13, he was the starting goalkeeper of Athletic in the first official match played in the new San Mamés on September 16, 2013, a match that concluded with an Atletico victory over Celta 3-2. His background as a lion includes participation in 119 official matches, with a loan to Leganés in the middle of the 2016-17 campaign included, and two Super Cups.

An old acquaintance

Another of the protagonists of this classic was, of course, Mateu
Lahoz. The Valencian referee had whistled 34 league matches against Athletic and another as many against Madrid. Baggage with the lions: 6 victories, 5 draws and 23 defeats. Balance with the meringues: 25 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.

The trajectory of lost encounters of Bilbao with this referee continues on an upward trend. The same as that of the whites, but at the level of triumphs with their arbitrations. Yesterday, from the start, sticks fell on him in the merengue environment for not whistling a penalty by the hand of Black pudding and even a fall of Benzema in view of Yeray. The goal of Nacho, with the French striker offside, leveled the balance. To finish off the task, as stated in his minutes “in minute 88 the player (22) Garcia
Squire, Raul he was expelled for the following reason: to address an assistant referee looking him in the face in the following terms: your fucking mother now ”.