Iñaki Williams brace downs Real Sociedad
Iñaki Williams brace downs Real Sociedad

Iñaki Williams brace downs Real Sociedad in La Liga

Athletic Bilbao's Ghanaian striker, Iñaki Williams, scored twice to secure a vital 2-0 win over Real Sociedad and boost their chances of qualifying for European football. 


The win ended Bilbao's five-match home winless streak in all competitions. The Ghanaian who went 24 games without a goal has now scored four goals in his last three games for Athletic.

The match started evenly, with both teams fighting for a place in Europe. However, as the game progressed, Athletic started to dominate. Nico Williams came close to scoring, but was denied by a strong save from Álex Remiro.

Athletic finally took the lead from a corner, with Iñaki Williams controlling Mikel Vesga’s flick-on before forcing the ball into the net from close range, despite claims of a possible handball.

At halftime, Athletic's slender lead meant that all but one of Real Sociedad’s last 12 league games had produced under 2.5 goals. Despite a record of six defeats from six games against top-four sides in La Liga this season, Athletic looked set to win.

Real Sociedad started the second half strong, and Unai Simón had to make a double save to keep the visitors at bay. However, Athletic broke down the other end of the pitch, and Iñaki Williams scored an incredible goal from a tight angle, extending Athletic's lead.

With time running out, Real Sociedad's chances of a comeback were slim. Simón made another double save, denying Alexander Sørloth’s close-range follow-up. Moments later, Simón made an error, presenting Real Sociedad with a chance to score, but Ander Barrenetxea horribly missed the target.

The result dealt a blow to Real Sociedad's UEFA Champions League hopes, although they remained fourth. Athletic, meanwhile, are now two points off Real Betis in sixth, with European qualification within reach.

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