A goal from Raul Garcia at the edge of rest allows the Athletic club sleep in a European position, since with that goal the Bilbao team won the Alaves in the Basque duel played in San Mamés which served to open the eighth day of LaLiga Santander.
Raúl García finished off an accurate header at the far post and adjusted to the post impossible to Fernando Pacheco, who was the best of his team, in the center of Íñigo Lekue after a corner kick in which Iker Muniain and Alex Berenguer distracted the visiting defense.
Raúl already put Athletic ahead in the 8th minute, but missed the penalty that the referee had taken five minutes to whistle by Ximo Navarro after Daniel Vivian’s header in another corner thrown by Muniain, the best of the rojiblancos.
With this victory, Athletic joins the sixth place in the table, with 13 points, to one of the Champions League, while Alavés remains penultimate with only the three points that they added by beating Atlético de Madrid in Mendizorroza the previous day.
With the coaches repeating the line-ups from the last day, in which Athletic lost the victory in the discount at Mestalla, Athletic started much better.
Those of Marcelino quickly locked up those of Calleja and, after several corners and dangerous forced fouls, Raúl García enjoyed a penalty to open the scoring that From Cerro Grande it took almost five minutes to beep after viewing the play in the walk at the request of the VAR. But the Navarrese shot was caught by Pacheco, the best player on his team in the first half.
Although Athletic accused the failure of the maximum foul, the lions quickly recovered and, led by a brilliant Muniain, They closed in on the visiting area again.
Where successive headshots by Íñigo Martínez, Muniain himself and Vivian, the last two very clear, they threatened a firm Pacheco at the top of the second and brave to abort a Williams casting in his large area.
After half an hour, Alavés rebuilt somewhat, which until then had looked at Simón with loud shot from afar from Loum that caught the international goal well placed.
Within minutes, the slime foxes produced three corners and Sylla and Miazga also had their headshots. Although less dangerous than in the other area.
And, when the shock seemed to have matched and that Athletic had missed their chances before the break, From another corner kick for the locals, who bounced half a dozen, the goal with which Raúl García opened the scoring was born, making up for the failure in the penalty.
Muniain and Berenguer They distracted the defense and Lekue focused so that the Navarrese, at the far post, beat Pacheco with a header adjusted to the post.
Alavés tried to stretch, already with Joselu in the field, at the beginning of the second half, in which Luis Rioja was searching aimlessly for Simón’s goal after several rejections in the area.
But he received a quick response from Bilbao with two occasions in which Williams showed why he has been fighting with the goal for a while. In the first, Pacheco shortened the space he had gained in a counter after theft by Dani García, who rushed into the pass; in the second he ‘kicked’ bitten a good pass from Muniain.
Alavés had their moment again and it was thanks to good foot from Toni Moya in two corners. The first was cleared by Íñigo Martínez in a hurry and the second was finished off by Laguardia.
A continuous round trip, with the 2-0 chewing on the environment and a couple of options from Alavés in the discount minutes, kept the uncertainty until the end.
– Data sheet:
1 – Athletic: Unai Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga; Berenguer (Nico Williams, m.66), Vencedor, Dani García (Vesga, m.86), Muniain (Zarraga, m.77); Raúl García (Sancet, m.77) and Iñaki Williams.
0 – Alaves: Pacheco; Martín (Pina, m.74), Ximo Navarro, Laguardia, Miazga, Duarte; Loum (Manu García, m.74), Luis Rioja, Toni Moya (Pellistri, m.82); Sylla (Joselu, m.46); and Miguel (Guidetti, m.61).
Goals: 1-0, m.44: Raúl García.
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Madrid Committee). He showed a yellow card to the locals Vencedor (m.38), Berenguer (m.40) and Raúl García (m.73), and the visitors Ximo Navarro (m.8) and Pina (m.84). VAR Referee: David Medié Jiménez (Catalan Committee).
Incidents: Match day 8 of Primera, played in San Mamés before 28,666 spectators. Before starting the match, Athletic paid tribute to Iñaki Williams for the record of consecutive matches that he beat today with 203. For this reason, he received a shirt with the number 203 from the hands of the captain, Iker Muniain, and his brother, and teammate team, Nico.