Athletic Bilbao ahead Raul Garcia scored to make amends for a squandered penalty and lead a 1-Zero win over Alaves on a record-setting night time for teammate Inaki Williams.
Williams set a Spanish league file along with his 203rd consecutive look by enjoying Friday’s match at San Mames Stadium. The Bilbao striker has not missed a league match for any motive since April 2016. The prior mark of 202 straight league video games was held by former Actual Sociedad participant Juan Larranaga.
Garcia had a spot kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco within the ninth minute after an extended video evaluate that noticed a handball by Ximo Navarro.
Pacheco saved Alaves alive in opposition to a dominant Bilbao by saving photographs by Iker Muniain and Williams on the half-hour mark.
However the goalie may do little to cease Garcia from heading in Inigo Lekue’s poorly defended cross a minute earlier than halftime. Williams drew in two defenders, leaving Garcia free to nod dwelling Lekue’s lengthy ball to the far publish.
Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, simply forward of Barcelona, earlier than the remainder of the spherical this weekend.
Alaves stayed within the relegation zone after its sixth defeat in seven video games. It arrived to the match hoping to construct on its shock 1-Zero win over defending champion Atletico Madrid within the final spherical, nevertheless it generated far too little in assault to dispute the Basque Nation derby with Bilbao.
On Saturday, Barcelona visits Atletico with coach Ronaldo Koeman beneath excessive stress following two embarrassing defeats within the Champions League. Chief Actual Madrid visits promoted Espanyol on Sunday.