LaLiga: Iñaki Williams sets record with 203rd successive game in Athletic Bilbao win

Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, just ahead of Barcelona, before the rest of the round this weekend.

The Associated Press October 02, 2021 11:23:46 IST
LaLiga: Iñaki Williams sets record with 203rd successive game in Athletic Bilbao win

Athletic Bilbao players celebrate a goal against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga. AFP File photo

Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao forward Raúl García scored to make amends for a squandered penalty and lead a 1-0 win over Alavés on a record-setting night for teammate Iñaki Williams.

Williams set a Spanish league record with his 203rd consecutive appearance by playing Friday's match at San Mamés Stadium.

The Bilbao striker has not missed a league match for any reason since April 2016. The prior mark of 202 straight league games was held by former Real Sociedad player Juan Larrañaga.


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García had a spot kick saved by Alavés goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the ninth minute after a long video review that spotted a handball by Ximo Navarro.

Pacheco kept Alavés alive against a dominant Bilbao by saving shots by Iker Muniain and Williams on the half-hour mark.

But the goalie could do little to stop García from heading in Iñigo Lekue's poorly defended cross a minute before halftime.

Williams drew in two defenders, leaving García free to nod home Lekue's long ball to the far post.

Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, just ahead of Barcelona, before the rest of the round this weekend.


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Alavés stayed in the relegation zone after their sixth defeat in seven games. They arrived to the match hoping to build on their shock 1-0 win over defending champions Atlético Madrid in the last round, but generated far too little in attack to dispute the Basque Country derby with Bilbao.

On Saturday, Barcelona visit Atlético with coach Ronaldo Koeman under extreme pressure following two embarrassing defeats in the Champions League. Leader Real Madrid visit promoted Espanyol on Sunday.

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