Athletic, with sky-high morale, thrashed Valladolid 1-4, with goals from Unai López, Raúl, Williams and Córdoba
A state of optimism has been declared. Three days after getting a place in the Copa final, the lions have resoundingly won 1-4 in Valladolid today. Fantastic news for the team, who see their possibilities for climbing the table open up. Unai López, Raúl García, Williams, and Córdoba were the ones who shaped the sound victory.
The squad may have been physically tired, but their morale was undoubtedly high and they were quick to let it show. Unai López scored his first goal as a lion thanks to a masterful free kick on 3 minutes. Sandro gave the visitors a first scare, but Yuri Berchiche responded with a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box. The left-back is unstoppable lately.
Sancet, whose level was remarkable during the whole match, started the play that led to their second goal, setting up Córdoba on the flank. The left-footed player, who has put his foot down on several occasions in the last few games, sent a cross towards Raúl García’s head that the player from Navarre unerringly finished off.
Valladolid enjoyed several clear chances, especially those created by Unal, but none of them seemed to find the goal. On 58 minutes, Vesga missed a clear opportunity to score by firing off target after a brilliant play between Córdoba and Yuri.
Just a minute after Williams’ attempt to score the 0-3 goal, a cross-shot from Sandro made it 1-2. It did not cause a panic, although Yuri had to intervene defensively shortly afterwards. Finally, Williams and Córdoba, with their right feet, put the icing on the cake to the red-and-white celebration in Valladolid. It is now time to get our breath back and get ready to look for one more win, this time against Atlético at San Mamés, in what will be another exciting fixture.