LLORENTE LAUDS GREATEST GOAL

Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente has reflected on the "most important goal" of his career.

Last Updated: 27/04/12 at 09:36 Post Comment

Fernando Llorente celebrates

Fernando Llorente celebrates

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente described the late goal which sent his side through to Europa League final as the most important of his career.

Llorente struck two minutes from full-time to earn Athletic a 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in Thursday night's semi-final second leg at San Mames and seal a 4-3 aggregate victory for the Basque side.

An emotional Llorente broke down in tears at the final whistle as his side booked a final showdown with Primera Division rivals Atletico Madrid in Bucharest next month - Athletic's second European final after finishing runners-up in the 1977 UEFA Cup.

He said: "The truth is that what happened in San Mames is incredible.

"It's the first time that I've cried while playing a football match."

The Spanish World Cup winner added in AS: "Without doubt, it's the most important goal that I've scored in my entire career. It's got us into a final and with that we've also gone down in history.

"But now we have an opportunity to win the tournament and hopefully we can continue contributing to making this history even greater."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ashely Young: Louis Van Gaal reignited my love for football

Ashley Young has praised Louis van Gaal, stating the Manchester United coach reignited his love for football.

Sepp Blatter: Tiny minority to blame for FIFA crisis

Sepp Blatter has told FIFA's annual congress he had no way of monitoring "a tiny minority" of officials accused of corruption.

Sepp Blatter lies low as David Cameron joins opposition to FIFA president's re-election

Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Thursday morning as David Cameron joined those calling for his head.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company