La Liga Santander Athletic Bilbao inflict Sevilla defeat in first game of the year

Goals from Vesga and Paredes meant that Sevilla’s first La Liga game of the year ended in a 2-0 defeat on Thursday night.

Athletic Club struck in both halves on their way to victory in what was Quique Sanchez Flores’s first game at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

The opening 20 minutes were quiet as the players attempted to adjust to the wet conditions with the rain hammering down from the night sky. Despite periods of possession for both sides, it was the visitors who looked more menacing.

Looking to exploit Sevilla in the wide regions through Berenguer and Nico Williams, Athletic had the first real chance of the game. Sancet’s pass found Guruzeta on the left-hand side of the box, who shimmied well and cut inside, but his effort from 18 yards was tipped past the far post by a diving Dmitrovic.

However, Athletic’s sustained pressure soon paid off as they took the lead on the half-hour mark. De Galarreta whipped in a cross from the right flank which found Mikel Vesga in acres of space. He made no mistake with the header, going back across Dmitrovic, who stayed rooted to his spot.

With the equaliser proving elusive for Sevilla, Athletic extended their lead in the 76th minute through a tidy Paredes finish. Ander Herrera’s cross from the right found Paredes in the centre of the box, who neatly tucked it into the bottom corner.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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