Llorente stars as Athletic beat Santander 4-3 as Bilbao maintain their Champions League hopes

Athletic Bilbao 4 – Racing Santander 3 (La Liga, March 29, 2010) Fernando Llorente scored Bilbao’s opener and then set up strike partner Gaizka Toquero to make it 2-0 after 17 minutes. Racing pulled a goal back just before the break through Mohamed Tchite but Llorente then won and scored a penalty 13 minutes from time to put Athletic 3-1 up. The visitors hit back again with a brilliant overhead kick from substitute Ivan Bolado, but they suffered a setback almost immediately when defender Lozano Oriol picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes to be sent for an early bath. Athletic took advantage of their numerical superiority when Markel Susaeta made it 4-2 in the 88th minute, and although Racing pulled another goal back through Bolado deep into injury-time, it was not enough to deny the hosts.


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