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Pure and hard pragmatism. It is the essence of Marcelino and this Athletic who needed two bites to subdue Mallorca. Vivian’s goal affected the vermilion mood and Iñaki Williams threw the bow. All this spiced up with two magnificent assists from that perennial with the face of a child that is Iker Muniain. The leadership rests in Bilbao.
Unai Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Iñigo Martínez, Balenziaga; Berenguer (Nico Williams, 63 ‘), Dani Garcia (Vesga, 72’), Vencedor (Zarraga, 63 ‘), Muniain; Iñaki Williams (Serrano, 83 ‘), Raúl García (Villalibre, 63’).
Queen; Maffeo, Valjent (Sastre, 77 ‘), Sedlar, Oliván; Ruiz de Galarreta (Febas, 72 ‘), Baba (Battaglia, 72’); Kubo (Prats, 77 ‘), Dani Rodríguez, Mboula (Kang-in Lee, 72’); Fer Child.
1-0 M.68 Vivian. 2-0 M.75 Williams.
Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian). Yellow to Dani García (60 ‘) / Baba (65’), Sedlar (87 ‘).
San Mamés. 22,000 viewers.
Few degrees in the caldera del Botxo. The entrance of the public in a trickle way affects a lukewarm San Mamés and that does not just get hooked on the football that Marcelino draws. The result, a first part to talk with the crew and to look little at the grass.
The surprising Mallorca deactivated the Biscayan push by agglutinating possession. Athletic skipped steps and bet on its characteristic ball-hit football above so that Raúl García would pick up balls or Williams would attack space. The offensive production did not appear, except for a double occasion by Iñigo Martínez and the ‘Pantera’, who caught a rejection with the shin guard.
Marcelino reacted. Triple change that raised you. The lions showed their teeth, stimulated by the cool legs, especially Nico Williams. And the Asturian played the key. In a lateral foul, Muniain assisted so that Vivian, feet on the ground, headed the time. Immediately afterwards, the one from Txantrea forced an error in Valjent’s departure to give the 2-0 to an applauded Iñaki Williams. Two claws and to sleep. Athletic will dream in style.