Since he was in the same field as a month ago, this time before Intercity, Athletic applied the same recipe: a strong start. And he mixed the Las Llanas formula against the Sestao River: a deep pass from Iñigo Martínez for the race, in this case Williams was then Yuri, to define against the rival goal. The line-up did not give rise to speculation: many of the main actors went out to the franchised fief. All but Dani García, Muniain and Yuri. He missed the absence of an Unai López who is sanctioned for Saturday against Espanyol, so he was vaccinated against the brake of fatigue.The goal stunned Elche for a few moments, but very few. These people, perhaps boosted by the previous rounds and the desire of the Pacheta meritorious to look into the eyes of the second most successful team in the Cup in history, soon removed the grief and began to braid plays judiciously. In one of these, Milla rehearsed the shot from the crescent of the area and had to deny Herrerín with the right mitten. Pacheta has its ranks perfectly organized and with clear ideas. Jason delved into the Balenziaga area, which claimed too much and allowed a great center, which headed completely alone Fidel. The new Copa format was about to run over the most lazy and clueless Athletic of the Garitano era. Although the deriotarra coach does not relax even in a jacuzzi, his team should not have understood clearly the message that came from the lineup, with very few roosters resting. Perhaps seeing Elche, with unusual players in Second, he assumed that with a task of dressing it would suffice. But it was not so, the small fish grew and almost ate the LaLiga whale. After the draw to one in the regular time and being paralyzed, he felt the extra time, they won the lions in the penalty lottery and blessed that there is no VAR, because Herrerín took a couple of steps in the shot of Iván Sánchez, the fifth, and it must have been repeated. The 3-3 was reached in the penalty shootout. The drama was growing. Yuri and Dani Calvo were amazed. Also Vesga, who adjusted it very well to the post. And Tekio threw it out. The world came over him, thinking he was the villain. It was a bitter brooch on a great night all over Elche. The match went on extra time and continued to move the Garitano pieces. Williams was again the battering ram and Raúl García went to the right wing. Not even in the supplement did Elche give up its football principles. The panorama was to recalculate the route and go for the shortest. Villalibre had his own, but it was taken out by a San Román that was growing in the face of possible penalties. Núñez finished off a corner by touching the post and since there was no way up close, and Iñigo Martínez tried to surprise the goal goal almost from his own area. Elche ended up attacking in an enemy area. The epic peeked out her window, but on the penalties she ended up kneeling. After the break, he stayed in the Cordoba locker room, almost an unfair routine in recent times, whenever he plays because he had five calls away, and the disposition of the offensive front was changed. Muniain left for the midfielder, which Williams went to the right, Raul Garcia got nine and Lekue ran for the left-handed end. A score more in line with what has been seen in the League.In the last half hour a Bilbao monologue began. The franjiverdes are elegant in dealing with the ball and blunt when it comes to cutting off the rival danger, they do not go around with rails, Raúl García was half lost between two waters, neither in front of the band nor in the back. His first shot was in 67 and encouraged him to do three in four minutes, one of them near the post of San Román after downtown Balenziaga. The thing painted in extension and they launched their last challenge the locals, with Iván Sánchez progressing on the right, yielding to Folch, who focused only to the heart of the area for an Oscar Gil who wanted to place it and did not need an obvious shot. The stopped ball is a torture, the greatest weakness, for the lions: 15 corners and they didn’t even tickle. No auctioneer is found when the balls go to the area. Pacheta: “I don’t want to give prominence to the penalty, only to the great game of my team”Great team match, swim to die on the shore: “Today he won’t be able to do anything with me because of my team’s feelings. It’s a game in which I have seen my players grow. I am extremely proud and excited about what this team does. Athletic has 24 Copa del Rey. There are two or three children who have played and made a master’s degree, they are going to give us a lot until the end of the season, their performance has been of the highest level, it does not give us the machine yet to finish to the fullest, that is why we have ended up so tired. We compete honestly and loyally, it has been a battle that I am very satisfied with, it is the feeling I have, we had it in the 85th minute (Oscar Gil’s chance) We have to congratulate Athletic because they have been better in computing global. We defended well because although they had more possessions, they didn’t have great chances. “Herrerín advanced in the penalty of Iván Sánchez: “That’s what the VAR is for. That’s why we have to impose the technology. We have to incorporate it. If it’s ten or twenty centimeters, you have to leave it. If it’s true that it’s only one meter, repeat it. It was a risk to play with children. It was a risk to play with boys of the soccer base, but what I am going to say of his party. My feelings are of hardness “.It hurts to fall eliminated or fail both chances in the batch: “I am not going to charge against that action. If so, I should have repeated it. It is the most normal thing in the world, but the truth is we have had it to pass. Also they, with whom St. Roman saved her. sensations that my team is growing. When Juan Cruz could not play because of fever, three options appeared. “Mood of Yacine, Tekio and Iván Sánchez, who failed in the penalties: “Everyone has been vindicated. Penalties can be ruled out. Everyone has done the job they were supposed to do. World championships are won and lost because of these situations. I cannot claim anything from my players.”Attempt blocked. Óscar Gil: “We had it and against rivals of this nature you can not fail. In the 88th minute Oscar arrived very tired. Nacho Pastor, Mourad and he have made a master’s degree, with two balls. I’m excited for what I see. Now I still have to see how far the machine gives us. There are many hungry players that come from Second B and make us this game. “Change the chip: I hope we don’t pay for this fatigue: “Thursday’s training will be different to recover players. This defeat strengthens. Those who have played know that they can be protagonists in LaLiga. Pere Milla and Mfulu are growing, the three extremes are changing, Manolo is the most important player I have, Nacho Pastor and Mourad are giving us things. Now we have to train little and recover a lot. “A lot of tiredness and side effects: “In the 90th minute we had three players to change. We arrived just because Athletic demands you a lot. And this rival, more. On the bench we were about to ask for the fifth change. The effort has been fat and I hope not to pay it. Moral injection is important because everyone has realized that he can play. “Hobby Behavior: I am not able to discern what I give more importance: “I have been here almost two years and soon we get communion from the stands. People know what they have in their hands. We have received ovations several times tying or losing. 14,000 spectators have come. , and it has been a party, cheering and without insults. You have to enjoy it. Nacho Pastor and Mourad are knocking at the door, like Oscar Gil who is already an important player. If you have to fall before a large team, so be it. We’re sad for the tie, but excited for everything I see from this group of guys. “Garitano: “We had him lost, but this team never gives up”The Athletic Club coach of Bilbao, Gaizka Garitano, acknowledged, after overcoming the Cup qualifier against Elche in the penalty shootout, that his team was on the verge of elimination, but indicated that his players never give up. “The penalties are a lottery. We could win or lose. No one wins easily. We had almost lost it, but it is no accident. This team never gives up,” said the Basque, who declined to comment on whether his goalkeeper came forward in any of the key releases. Garitano said his team started the game well, but acknowledged that Elche was better in the first half. “Then we have owned the game, but we have trouble scoring,” he explained. As for the aspirations of his team in the Copa del Rey, the coach said that Athletic will play “butt” the tournament “because it is a very beautiful competition.” “These matches are like that and nobody wins easily. I think we deserved to pass, although I also congratulate Elche, who has played a great game,” said the Basque coach.