Athletic beat Mallorca and confirms its good start to the League

Williams celebrates his goal, the final 2-0.

Williams celebrates his goal, the final 2-0.

Athletic Club won by 2-0 to Mallorca in San Mamés with goals from Dani Vivian and Iñaki Williams, both in the second half, and extended his good start to the season in which he remains undefeated and that allows him to sleep as leader in the absence of completing this fourth day of The league.

The rojiblanco team had to work hard to defeat a vermilion team that lost its undefeated condition in San Mamés after neutralizing its rival with solvency, to end up giving clearly after conceding the first goal when the game was already entering the final stretch .

He wanted to start Athletic trying to stifle the exit of the ball from Mallorca and he succeeded in the first few measures to try after looking for the backs of the Balearic defense, especially through the right side of the attack.

At eight minutes, a center from Vencedor that did not get to head for very little Raúl García reaffirmed the intentions of the rojiblancos against a Mallorca that suffered during that first phase, but that endured accumulating players in their field and with the passage of minutes began to feel more comfortable.

Athletic lacked precision in his approaches to create real danger in the area of ​​Reina, who was brilliant in the only shot between the three suits of the rojiblancos.

He arrived at half an hour in a foul that Iker Muniain threw from the right and Iñigo Martínez headed in, totally alone, so that the Mallorcan goalkeeper could shine.

By then Luis García’s team had already managed to balance the match with Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta as orchestra conductor. The ex-rojiblanco oxygenated the game of the vermilions and gave amplitude to the field so that his teammates began to show signs of life near the Unai Simón area.

In the 32nd minute, a shot from outside the area by Pablo Maffeo that narrowly went wide and was the first shot by a Majorca who reached the break with the goal accomplished without too much trouble.

The tonic of balance, with a more intoned Mallorca, was maintained in the first bars of the restart until Marcelino decided to intervene with a triple change at game time.

The Asturian coach put Nico Williams, Zarraga and Villalibre and Athletic’s face changed. Six minutes later the rojiblancos opened the can with a great goal from Dani Vivian. The center-back, one of the great protagonists of the lions’ good start to the season, came in with everything to head a free kick by Iker Muniain and make it 1-0.

Mallorca accused the blow and Athletic took advantage of their positive inertia to sentence shortly after. A new action by Muniain on the left was culminated by the captain with a center to the heart of the area that Iñaki Williams did not miss to close the game when there was still a quarter of an hour to go.

With 2-0, Athletic controlled the game without too many problems against a touched rival and was even able to achieve the third in an individual action by Iñaki Williams that the ‘9’ ended up crashing into a post shortly before being relieved to give the alternative in First Nico Serrano, another of the pearls of the red and white quarry.

Athletic Club: Unai Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Iñigo Martínez, Balenziaga; Berenguer (Nico Williams, m.63), Dani García (Vesga, m.75), Vencedor (Zarraga, m.63), Muniain; Raúl García (Villalibre, m.63) and Iñaki Williams (Nico Serrano, m.83).

RCD Mallorca: Queen; Maffeo, Valjent (Sastre, m.75), Sedlar, Oliván; Baba (Battaglia, m.70), Ruiz de Galarreta (Febas, m.70), Mboula (Kang-in Lee, m.70), Take Kubo (Abdon Prats, m.75), Dani Rodríguez; and Fer Niño.

Goals: 1-0, m.68: Vivian. 2-0, m.74: Iñaki Williams.

Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian Committee). He showed a card to Dani García (m.60), from Athletic, and to Baba (m.65) and Sedlar (n.87), from Mallorca.

Incidents: Match of the fourth day of LaLiga played in San Mamés with 14,566 fans in the stands, according to official data.


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