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10-man Athletic Bilbao earn dream United clash

sports Updated: Feb 25, 2012 02:50 IST
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Ten-man Athletic Bilbao beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 to reach the Europa League last 16. Athletic, led by eccentric former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa, will now meet Manchester United in the last 16 having qualified on away goals.

Athletic struggled to claw back a 2-1 first leg deficit against Lokomotiv and their cause appeared to be lost when Fernando Amorebieta was given a second yellow card for a trip of Roman Shishkin on the hour.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/25feb_pg-22b.jpg

Yet, two minutes later, teenager Iker Muniain scored at the far post to send Athletic through on away goals. “To lose a man and then get a goal left things in the balance, although we achieved victory by not being able to play as we wanted,” said Bielsa. “And playing against Manchester United will not be just any other game.”