On Monday night, Athletic Club put four past Real Betis in a confidence-boosting win which moved the Lions up to eighth in LaLiga Santander. We’ve decided to take advantage of Athletic’s big win by remembering the Lions’ biggest league wins (with four goals or more) at The Cathedral this century.
In chronological order, we start back in the 2000-01 season. The Lions thrashed Real Oviedo 4-0 thanks to a Fran Yeste brace and strikes by Javi Gonzalez and Julen Guerrero.
Three seasons later, in 2003-04, the Athletic fans experienced two goal-filled nights. Under the orders of Ernesto Valverde, Athletic defeated Real Mallorca 4-0 thanks to braces by Joseba Etxeberria and Ismael Urzaiz. Later on in the same campaign, Real Zaragoza fell victim to the Lions, with the same scoreline and goals by Etxeberria, Asier Del Horno and a couple from Yeste.
In the following season, Real Mallorca were on the receiving end of another 4-0 thrashing. Yeste got a brace and the score was rounded off by Santi Ezquerro and Carlos Gurpegui.
It would be three more seasons before the next goalfest. In 2007-08, Athletic beat Valencia 5-1 with two goals by Fernando Llorente as well as from Andoni Iraola, Javi Martinez and Aritz Aduriz.
The first season in the new San Mamés gave us two routs for the history books. First up, the Lions took Almería apart with a 6-1 win in which Ibai bagged two goals and was joined on the scoresheet by Mikel Rico, Ander Herrera, Aymeric Laporte and Aduriz. Granada were then beaten 4-0 thanks to an Aduriz hat-trick and a goal by Gurpegui.
The following season, there were also two big wins, both in the final stretch of the campaign. On matchday 32, Athletic beat Getafe 4-0 with a goal each for Ibai and Markel Susaeta and two for Aduriz. The Lions saw out the season in seventh place with a 4-0 win over Villarreal; Aduriz scored a brace and Iraola and Beñat also got on the scoresheet.
The last huge win at San Mamés, before Monday’s, came in the 2016-17 season. The Lions took on UD Las Palmas and crushed them 5-1. Mikel San José opened the scoring and braces by Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz sealed the deal.
Going for a third final in 2021
Athletic face Levante at the Ciutat de Valéncia on Thursday in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals (1-1 first leg).
Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
A game of two penalties, as both sides get a point
Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”
Marcelino bemoaned the defensive mistakes that led to Levante’s goal
Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante
Despite constantly threatening, Athletic only pick up one point from a match where both goals came from the penalty spot
Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club
The XI’s for tonight’s LaLiga match at the Ciutat de Valéncia
Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
When and where to watch Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga match against Levante UD
Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”
Marcelino looks ahead to Friday night’s LaLiga Santander match against Levante UD
Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Marcelino has called up 23 players for Friday night’s clash with Levante UD at the Ciutat de València
A big week against Levante
Athletic will face Levante twice in six days, starting with a LaLiga fixture on Friday (21:00 CET)
Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”
After extending his contract with Athletic Club until 2022, Raúl García expressed his intention to keep going “as long as he was up to the task of competing for this Club”