Athletic wins a tough duel in Getafe and improves its chances for fourth place


Athletic Club won this Friday 0-2 during their visit to Getafe CF, thanks to a double from forward Iñaki Williams and a great performance from goalkeeper Unai Simón, in a match on matchday 34 in LaLiga EA Sports and which served to the people of Bilbao to speed up their options to chase fourth place in the classification.

At the Coliseum, the locals warned when Ilaix Moriba shot high in the 7th minute after a set-piece mess. Athletic responded in the 22nd minute with an unlucky shot from Álex Berenguer, a prelude to the 0-1 lead. It was forged by Nico Williams, who, leaning to the left, passed to his brother Iñaki; He advanced from the peak parallel to the front of the area and, without looking up, shot with his right hand at the far post of David Soria’s goal.

At the other goal, on half an hour Unai Simón shone, repelling a low and dangerous left foot shot from Mason Greenwood. Berenguer and Nico made it 0-2 before the break, but the ‘7’ pass was long and the youngest of the Williamses did not reach it. The locker room suited Getafe well, and on Greenwood’s left foot they enjoyed another opportunity, also ruined by Simón.

In the next incident, the Azulones claimed a penalty due to a handball from Aitor Paredes. The VAR consultation rejected it and Athletic scored another goal in a counterattack guided by Nico until he again assisted his brother Iñaki, who achieved the double with a dry and running shot inside the area. José Bordalás’s pupils continued to attack, but their lack of aim and Simón’s stops prevented the Azulones from scoring.

Even the visiting goalkeeper saved a penalty against Greenwood in the final stretch, after Gil Manzano penalized Raúl García’s handball on a Luis Milla cross. The Bilbao team held on with two men less, after two expulsions of Yeray Álvarez and Paredes, and Ernesto Valverde also received a red card for protesting. Despite everything, this victory placed the ‘lions’ with 61 points; In the middle of the table, with 43 points, Getafe follows.