Ter Stegen against Bilbao for the Cup

THE GOALKEEPER WAS THE BEST OF BARÇA

Ter Stegen dressed as a hero and avoided a win in San Mamés

Published:21/01/2022 - 10:42h

Updated:21/01/2022 - 17:32h

Marc-André ter Stegen showed that he still has the level of elite goalkeeper that he boasted a few years ago. The German kept the match closed with his interventions, against an overwhelming Athletic

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The crossing between the Barça and the Athletic Bilbao in Glass of the King already would have to be considered like a Classical. Both have the greater quantity of titles of this competition, and the crosses between himself rare time disillusion. This Thursday went back to be the sample that between the two no 'give' at all, and that each opportunity created is a small victory in a battle of 120 minutes that put to the fan to 'vibrate' until the last second.

However, for Xavi Hernández the party was pure agony, more when the best player that dressed the elastic culé was Marc-André ter Stegen. The German saved to the Barcelona in several occasions, and went the manager that the party kept 'closed' during big part of the meeting. At all it had to do in the first goal of Iker Muniain, the one who with a derechazo put the balloon in the square. In front of the constant desbordes of the brothers Williams showed solid, taking out a finish important of Nico, lower brother of Iñaki, that had changed his direction by a rose in Ronald Araújo.

To the 44 minutes of the first time also 'win' the wage, when it attained to do a double unemployed. First, it diverted a head butt of Dani García that arrived from a corner and afterwards detained the shot of Raúl García that had direction to door. In front of the second goal, that came also of a played to unemployed ball, detained the first finish of head of Berenguer, that afterwards would fall in the feet of Íñigo Martínez to put the (2-1) to the 86 minutes of the complement. Nevertheless, in spite of the been bulky final marker, Marc-André had a 'good night' and showed that it still is an important goalkeeper without mattering the defeat.

The defensive difficulties of the Barça have remained exposed again, and the guardameta German avoided what could be a goleada unprecedented in Saint Mamés. Of the seven finish to door that ocasionó the Athletic, four were detained by the germano, to the one who only was missing him detain the penalti of Muniain for 'plant the layer' and perhaps attain the classification in Bilbao.

The Europe League, a new challenge

It will be the first time that Ter Stegen contest the UEFA Europe League with the elastic of the Barça. In fact, it is a title that jamas has achieved, and that would not be badly to increase his list of winners. In spite of this, the Teutonic has to keep an enormous discipline under the arch, and go back to be leading in a Barcelona that needs him with urgency. The Barcelona have defensive problems, and is the ex Mönchengladbach the one who can close the coladero.

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