BILBAO. Athletic Club bested Villarreal to win 2-1. It was Athletic Club to strike first with a goal of R. Garcia at the 14′. Then it was a goal in the 32′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, I. Muniain gave the win to Athletic Club in the 76′ minute with a penalty.
A. Berenguer missed a penalty (82′) for Athletic Club.
The match was held at the San Mamés Barria Stadium in Bilbao on Saturday and this began at 7:00 pm local time. In the presence of 38,698 spectators. The referee was Guillermo Cuadra Fernández who was helped by Roberto Alonso Fernández and Juan José López Mir. The 4th official was Jaime Ruiz Álvarez. The weather was clear. The temperature was cold around 11.8 degrees Celsius or 53.29 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 77%.
There wasn’t much of a difference in ball possession. Athletic Club was in possession of the ball for 52% of the time vs. Villarreal that controlled the ball for 48% of the time.
Athletic Club was more aggressive with 68 dangerous attacks and 14 shots of which 7 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Athletic Club won the contest.
Athletic Club shot 14 times, 7 on target, 7 off target. On the opposite side, Villarreal shot 12 times, 3 on target, 9 off target.
No yellow cards were issued to Athletic Club. On the opposite side, Villarreal received 3 yellow cards (J. Foyth, A. Moreno and P. Estupinan).
After playing this match, Athletic Club will have 16 points like Rayo Vallecano to stay in the 7th place. On the opposite side, Villarreal will stay with 11 points to stay in the 13th place.
Unai Vencedor (Penalty awarded)
Iker Muniain (Penalty)
Villarreal will host Cádiz on the 26th of October with a 3-0 head to head record in favor of Villarreal (3 draws).
Athletic Club: Formation and Lineups
Athletic Club adopted the conservative line-up (4-4-2).
The manager Marcelino García Toral chose to play with the following team: Unai Simón , Íñigo Lekue , Daniel Vivian , Iñigo Martínez , Mikel Balenziaga , Alex Berenguer , Unai Vencedor , Dani García , Iker Muniain , Iñaki Williams and Raúl García .
Athletic Club made 5 changes: I. Williams for A. Villalibre (73′), R. Garcia for O. Sancet (73′), A. Berenguer for O. Zarraga (87′), I. Muniain for N. Williams (87′) and D. Garcia for M. Vesga (90′).
Top player: Iker Muniain
The player who no doubt impressed Athletic Club the most was Iker Muniain.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 54 passes (83% accurate) and 5 key passes. He was won 5 duels out of 11. He performed 5 crosses.
Villarreal: Formation and Lineups
Also Villarreal adopted the conservative line-up (4-4-2).
On the other side, Unai Emery Etxegoien played with: Gerónimo Rulli , Juan Foyth , Raúl Albiol , Pau Torres , Pervis Estupiñán , Yéremi Pino , Dani Parejo , Étienne Capoue , Francis Coquelin , Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma .
Villarreal made 4 changes: G. Moreno for S. Chukwueze (21′), F. Coquelin for A. Moreno (62′), Y. Pino for D. Raba (63′) and J. Foyth for S. Aurier (66′).
Best player: Gerónimo Rulli
The player that probably impressed the most for Villarreal was the goalkeeper: Gerónimo Rulli. His rating is 7.82. He saved 1 penalty. He performed 5 saves.
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