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La Liga: Inaki Williams’ late winner dampens Sevilla’s title dreams

Athletic Bilbao beat Sevilla 1-0 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Monaday to pull them away from the title race.

Inaki Williams scored the later winner for Athletic Club at Sevilla on Monday; Credit: Twitter/@Athletic_en
By Sreejith C R | May 4, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Inaki Williams scored a late winner to give Athletic Club a 1-0 La Liga victory at Sevilla on Monday night. The loss left Sevilla six points adrift La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with just four games remaining. Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon had an excellent game in between the posts to keep a clean sheet.

Sevilla came into the match on the back of five consecutive victories and were looking to continue their winning form, but the Athletic goalkeeper Simon denied them.

In the 22nd minute, Marcos Acuna’s cross from the left flank found Youssef En-Nesyri inside the penalty box. The Moroccan striker headed the ball down to the goal but was well saved by Unai Simon’s strong right hand.

Seven minutes before the half time, Acuna and En-Nesyri combined again to trouble Simon. Acuna’s low hard cross from the left side found En-Nesyri inside the penalty box, who fired a low shot to the goal. Simon made a diving save to the left to deny Sevilla the breakthrough.

Inaki Williams scored the winner against the run of play in the dying minutes of the game. Sevilla went all out attack in search of the winning goal and were caught behind on the counter attack.

Oihan Sacet made a darting breakaway run and gave the ball to Williams on the edge of the box. The substitute curled the ball past advancing Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou to the top left corner of Sevilla goal to seal the three points for the away team.

La Liga race heats up

The win helped Athletic Club to ninth spot with 45 points from 34 games. It was their second win in last three League games. They are just six points away from seventh placed Real Betis with four games remaining.

The loss pulled Sevilla further away from the top three. They are now four points adrift third placed Barcelona and second placed Real Madrid with 70 points from 34 games.

Sevilla have a 17 point lead over fifth placed Real Sociedad and have already secured Champions League qualification for next season.

Atletico, Real Madrid and Barcelona won their previous games to keep things tight at the top and the top four is now separated by just six points.

Barcelona and Real are just two points adrift leaders Atletico. Barcelona will host Atletico on Saturday and Juan Lopetegui’s side will next play away to Real Madrid on Sunday.

This week could be the most important one in the title race.



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