Llorente puts Bilbao in final

Athletic Bilbao are in their first European final for 35 years after beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 (4-3 on aggregate) in San Mames.

Last Updated: 26/04/12 at 22:34 Post Comment

Susaeta: Bilbao celebrate his goal

Susaeta: Bilbao celebrate his goal

More of the games that matter

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

The Basque side turned around a one-goal deficit from the first leg to win the semi-final 4-3 on aggregate and set up a Europa League final with Atletico Madrid in Bucharest.

Both sides had chances to win, with the game played at an astonishing pace throughout.

And it was appropriate that it was Athletic's talisman Fernando Llorente who prodded home with just minutes remaining to send San Mames into rapturous delight.

Markel Susaeta had given Athletic the lead early in the first-half after Llorente cleverly chested the ball into his team-mate's path inside the Sporting penalty area.

At that stage it seemed as though the electric atmosphere inside the stadium was set to overwhelm the visitors.

But Sporting recovered well with Anderson Polga forcing a smart save from Gorka Iraizoz, before Ricky van Wolfswinkel silenced the home crowd with a cleanly struck 43rd-minute equaliser.

The response from Marcelo Bielsa's side was swift and Ibai Gomez put Athletic back in front on the night and level on aggregate when he took advantage of Llorente's delicious drag-back pass.

The second half saw both teams hit the woodwork as Javi Martinez headed onto the bar for Athletic before Sporting's Emiliano Insua drilled a left-footed effort against the post from distance.

And just when it looked as though the game was heading for extra-time, Llorente prodded home to break Portuguese hearts.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Thursday, 14 May 2015
20:05
Dnipro 1-0 Napoli  
Fiorentina 0-2 Sevilla  
Thursday, 07 May 2015
Napoli 1-1 Dnipro Report
Sevilla 3-0 Fiorentina Report
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Dnipro 1-0 Club Brugge  
Fiorentina 2-0 Dynamo Kiev  
Napoli 2-2 Wolfsburg  
Zenit 2-2 Sevilla  
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Club Brugge 0-0 Dnipro  
Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Fiorentina  

Footer 365

Eden Hazard is open to another 10 years at Chelsea

Eden Hazard wants to stay at Chelsea for years and join football's elite by leading the club to Champions League glory.

Rafael Benitez '99 per cent' certain to be next Real Madrid boss

Rafael Benitez is '99 per cent' certain to be Real Madrid boss, says Carlo Ancelotti's representative Ernesto Bronzetti.

Manuel Pellegrini confident Man City will be stronger next season

Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will regain the Premier League title next season.

Mail Box

Who Is The Most Complete Striker Ever..?

...the answer is the original Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Cristiano or Alan Shearer, depending on who you talk to. We also have one signing per Premier League (and promoted team)...

Reviewing Every PL Side's Season...

Time to half-heartedly agree or furiously reject some ratings. The mails also discuss the most complete striker ever in football, as well as Rodgers, Falcao and Bill O'Herilhy.

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