Athletic Club showcased their prowess with a convincing 2-0 win against Atlético de Madrid at San Mamés, extending their positive streak in the league. Goals from Gorka Guruzeta and Nico Williams sealed the victory in a dynamic match that saw Ernesto Valverde’s team outclass the Colchoneros.
From the kick-off, Athletic Club displayed voracious intent, led by the Williams brothers on the sides and Ander Herrera orchestrating crucial plays. Despite Jan Oblak’s standout performance, denying Nico’s scoring attempts and saving Sancet’s penalty, the relentless pressure from the home team eventually found success.
The breakthrough occurred in the 51st minute when Ander Herrera’s corner found Gorka Guruzeta, who clinically scored with his right foot, leaving Oblak helpless. The dominance continued, and Nico Williams added another goal, skillfully finding the top corner with his left foot in the 61st minute, securing the 2-0 lead.
While Atlético sought a comeback, Unai Simón stood firm, neutralizing scoring opportunities from Lino and Marcos Llorente. Both goalkeepers, Simón and Oblak, paid homage to the legendary José Ángel Iribar with stellar performances.
In celebration of their 125th anniversary, Athletic Club’s victory solidified their position in European spots, sitting in 5th place with 32 points, just two behind Atlético, who holds one game in hand. The win also raised questions about Atlético de Madrid’s pursuit of Real Madrid and Girona in the league standings. The Champions League aspirations are now under scrutiny for Simeone’s team, while Athletic Club basks in the glory of a memorable triumph on their historic occasion.