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Real Madrid Castilla - Athletic Club B

2-2: Castilla let victory slip against Athletic B

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REPORT | 08/02/2015 | Bárbara Jiménez | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pedro Castillo

The reserves could not hold on to their lead after coming from 0-1 down, and earned a point in a game that saw Odegaard make his debut.
  • 2 Division B Group II
  • Matchday 24
  • 08/02/2015
Castilla proved unable to come away with the win in the duel of the reserve teams against Athletic. The Whites, who came from behind having gone 0-1 down to the visitors, could not hold on to their lead at the Di Stéfano and picked up a point. The encounter saw Norwegian Odegaard enjoy his first competitive minutes with Madrid's second team.

The hosts made their intentions clear from the start and did not take long to serve up a warning, with a powerful shot from Aguza that was parried by Remiro after 3'. Despite Castilla's intensity, it was the visitors who opened the scoring through a goal created from a 14th-minute corner and finished off by Santamaría, although a foul on Derik as the players jumped for the ball went unseen by the referee. The Basques' joy was short-lived, and three minutes later it was all square courtesy of an own goal by Magdaleno.

Castilla were spurred on by the equaliser, and went all out to complete the turnaround. Álvaro and Aguza were close to making it 2-1 but were both out of luck with efforts. Before the break, Burgui had the clearest chance for the home side with a shot from the edge of the area that the guests' keeper stopped with his feet.

Castilla made it nine matchdays unbeaten.

After the restart, Castilla flew at their opponents in search of victory. Javi Muñoz and Narváez had attempts in the early stages of the half, but the former's header went over while the forward's opportunity was snuffed out by a defender before he could shoot on goal. The game's negative note came on 48' with an injury to Llorente. However, there was better news two minutes after, as an angled drive by Burgui from the left deflected off a defender, surprised the goalkeeper and found its way into the net. 

Debut for Odegaard
There was no stopping Castilla, as time and again they put Remiro's reflexes to the test. Javi Muñoz could have settled the match on 63' with a shot that was only just off target. After 70', Odegaard took to the pitch in place of Álvaro to enjoy his first competitive minutes in the Madrid shirt. And, just when a third for the Whites seemed at its nearest, Athletic B equalised with a neat overhead kick from Santamaría on 82'. The Castilla players offered no let-up and looked to make it 3-2 right to the end. Narváez came within a whisker with two chances in time added on, but thanks to a spot-on Remiro the goal did not come.