Basque Country and Catalonia drew 1-1 in their friendly match on Sunday at the new San Mamés, Bilbao.
The match, commemorating the one hundreth anniversary of the first match ever between the two sides, happened on a festive evening in the newly-constructed stadium, which will be one of the 13 venues for UEFA Euro 2020.


Xavi running with the ball as Beñat Etxebarria (8) watches on.

Basque Country took an early lead after Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored in the third minute, after getting the ball from a teammate in the penalty area to simply open the score in an exciting match between the two sides. Catalonia became stronger after that, with a goal from Jonathan Soriano not being counted due to him being flagged offside. Gerard Deulofeu was close in scoring the equaliser, but his shot hit the post. Just before half-time, Sergio García made the score level for the Catalan side with a sensational finish ending with a shot in the bottom-left corner.

Basque Country 1-1 Catalonia (28-12-2014)

Basque Country 1-1 Catalonia (28-12-2014)

Match facts:
Basque Country:
Gorka Iraizoz (Irureta, 65'), Carlos Martínez (born 1986) (Bóveda, 45'), Balenziaga (Etxeitia, 45'), Ansotegi (San José, 45'), Iñigo Martínez (Aurtenetxe, 45'), Iturraspe (Dani García, 45'), Ander Capa (Bergara, 45'), Beñat Etxebarria (Susaeta, 45'), Aduriz (Roberto Torres, 45'), Xabi Prieto (Arruabarrena, 45'), Ibai Gómez (Berchiche, 65')

Kiko Casilla (Masip, 45'), Jordi Alba (Sergi Gómez, 60'), Marc Bartra (Martín Montoya, 45'), Gerard Piqué (Fontàs, 45'), Sergio Busquets (Samper, 60'), Xavi (Moreno, 60'), Aleix Vidal (Piti, 45'), Sergio García (Álvaro, 60'), Jonathan Soriano (Víctor Álvarez, 60'), Gerard Deulofeu (De la Bella, 45')

1-0 / Aduriz (3')
1-1 / Sergio García (44')

Iñaki Bikandi Garrido
San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao (Attendance: 44.000)

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