BILBAO. Athletic Club prevailed over Rayo Vallecano. Rayo Vallecano was surely superior in terms of ball possession (61%).
The match was played at the San Mamés Barria stadium in Bilbao on Saturday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz with the collaboration of Pau Cebrián Devis and Rubén Porras Rico. The 4th official was Sergio Escudero Guzmán. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant at 16.6 degrees Celsius or 61.88 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 66%.
Rayo Vallecano had a strong ball possession 61% while Athletic Club was struggling with a 39% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Rayo Vallecano was more pushing with 54 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 5 were on target. Nevertheless, Athletic Club was able to find the solution to win this match.
Athletic Club shot 16 times, 10 on target, 6 off target. On the opposite side, Rayo Vallecano shot 13 times, 5 on target, 8 off target.
Athletic Club received 1 yellow card (D. Garcia). On the other side, Rayo Vallecano received 2 yellow cards (O. Valentin and P. Ciss).
After this contest, Athletic Club will have 13 points to sit in the 3rd place. Regarding the opposition, Rayo Vallecano will stay with 7 points like Girona, Real Sociedad and Celta de Vigo to remain in the 11th place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Athletic Club will host Almería on the 30th of September with a 7-2 head to head stats in favor of Athletic Club (3 draws).
Rayo Vallecano will play away agasint Almería on the 8th of October with a 9-5 head to head in favor of Rayo Vallecano (1 draw).
Athletic Club – Formation
Athletic Club adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Ernesto Valverde Tejedor decided to play with the following team: Unai Simón, Óscar de Marcos , Yeray Álvarez , Iñigo Martínez , Íñigo Lekue , Oihan Sancet , Dani García , Nico Williams , Iker Muniain , Álex Berenguer and Iñaki Williams .
The home team had on the bench: Gorka Guruzeta, Jon Morcillo, Unai Vencedor, Ander Capa, Raúl García, Ander Herrera , Oier Zarraga , Asier Villalibre, Ander Iru and Aitor Paredes Casamichana.
Athletic Club made 5 changes: O. Sancet for A. Herrera (65′), I. Muniain for J. Morcillo (79′), N. Williams for O. Zarraga (80′), A. Berenguer for A. Paredes (90′) and I. Williams for R. Garcia (90′).
Best player: Iñaki Williams
The most impressive player for Athletic Club was Iñaki Williams.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 25 passes (64% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 3 duels out of 6. He performed 3 crosses.
Rayo Vallecano – Formation
Also Rayo Vallecano adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
Andoni Iraola Sagarna played with: Stole Dimitrievski, Ivan Balliu , Florian Lejeune , Alejandro Catena , Fran García , Óscar Valentín , Santi Comesaña , Isi Palazón , Óscar Trejo , Álvaro García and Sergio Camello .
The following players were sitting on the bench: José Pozo, Bebé, Ismaila Ciss, Abdul Mumin , Radamel Falcao , Pablo Muñoz, Mario Hernández, Esteban Saveljich, Mario Suárez, Diego López, Unai López and Randy Nteka.
Rayo Vallecano made 5 changes: O. Valentin for P. Ciss (46′), S. Comesana for U. Lopez (69′), S. Camello for R. Falcao (79′), F. Lejeune for A. Mumin (79′) and O. Trejo for Bebe (90′).
Best player: Isi Palazón
The player that probably impressed the most for Rayo Vallecano was Isi Palazón.
His rating iswith 52 passes (90% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 8 duels out of 13. He performed 9 crosses. He hit the woodwork once times.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.