Athletic Club remain unbeaten in pre-season, although they missed a two-goal cushion against West Ham…
Athletic Club remain unbeaten in pre-season, although they missed a two-goal cushion against West Ham in a fateful minute when they lost the lead generated by Unai Lopez and Williams. The draw was fair after what was seen on the London Stadium turf. The Betway Cup was decided on penalties in favour of Athletic, who scored in boots of Aduriz, Beñat, Sancet and Yuri Berchiche.
The match started in the most favourable way for Athletic, with a goal from Unai Lopez at a corner, in a ball deflected into the net by Haller, impossible for goalkeeper Roberto. After a moment of scoring, the Gaizka Garitano’s team hit for the second time in a delicious collective play, loaded with touches, that Williams sent to the meshes after a great assistance of Muniain from the right.
However, West Ham have a lot of fantasy on their attacking front and equalised in just one minute. Lanzini, after Fornals’ bycicle kick, and Wilshere, after a brilliant move from Haller, put the tables on the scoreboard. Londoners began to dominate the game
The match was very open in the second half. Unai Simon, who entered in the break, made a good stop to Felipe Anderson. Yuri Berchiche also had his chance in a shot crossed outside after a good wall with Williams. And Raul Garcia was canceled a goal for offside after Yuri’s center. Athletic led but took a scare with Diangana’s header outside and Simon avoided defeat in a hand to hand to Chicharito.
West Ham: Roberto; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Declan Rice, Felipe Andreson, Wilshere, Lanzini; Fornals and Haller.
Changes: Antonio for Fornals (46 ’), Yarmolenko for Felipe Anderson, Snodgrass for Wilshere, Obgbonna for Balbuena (65’) -. Carlos Sánchez, Chicharito, Masuaku and Diangana (75 ’) also came in for Rice, Cresswell, Lanzini and Haller. Zabaleta by Fredricks (82 ’).
Athletic Club: Herrerín; Capa, Núñez, Yeray, Yuri Berchiche; Dani García, Unai López; Muniain, Raúl García, Córdoba; Williams
Changes: Simón for Herrerín (46 ’), Ibai for Córdoba and Sancet for Unai López (70’), De Marcos for Muniain, Beñat for Raúl García and Aduriz for Williams (81 ’), Vivian for Yeray (82’).
0-1. M. 1.Unai López
0-2. M. 15. Williams
1-2. M. 21. Lanzini
2-1. M. 22. Wilshere
2-3. Aduriz goal
2-3. Chicharito, Simon stops the ball
2-4. Beñat goal
3-4. Snodgrass goal
3-4. Ibai, Roberto stops the ball
4-4. Yarmolenko goal
4-5. Sancet goal
5-5. Diangana out
4-6. Yuri Berchiche goal
Referee: Michael Oliver. Yellow card to Fredericks 49’.
Stadium: London Stadium