African players abroad Inaki Williams on target as Athletic win thriller against Girona

Ghana international Inaki Williams was among the goals as Athletic Bilbao produced a stunning 3-2 La Liga victory against Girona on Monday night.

The superb Alex Berenguer netted a brace while Inaki Williams scored his 10th of the season before the magic of San Mames helped the Lions hold on for a thrilling victory.

It was their seventh straight win at home this campaign. Dani Vivian was crucial too, the centre-back heading a Jon Solis shot off the line in the 93rd minute to preserve Athletic’s victory. The win means Los Leones are nine point clear of sixth-placed Real Sociedad and just two points off Atlético Madrid in fourth.

If the reverse fixture was a classic, the game in Bilbao disappointed no one. Each side played to their own style. Míchel’s Girona played out from the back knowing how hard Athletic would press and the Lions looked to steal possession and hit on the transition.

Girona controlled possession, but Inaki Williams had the clearest chances of the first half. Aside from two Viktor Tsygankov efforts and another by Yangel Herrera, Athletic had the better opportunities.

Inaki never gave up and was rewarded with a goal for his persistence. His faith is unshakeable. In the 23rd minute he hit the post after being played through by Benat Prados.

The Black Star almost made it four from a press and just when it looked like Girona were dead and out, they got back into the game when an Alex Garcia set-piece found Eric Garcia’s head.

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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