Real Sociedad B 1-0 Bilbao Athletic: Katxorros Suffer Second Straight Loss On The Road
Bilbao Athletic played the first Basque Derby of the season on Saturday when they traveled to Zubieta to take on Real Sociedad B. In what has been a grueling stretch of the season, Gaizka Garitano’s side were facing another difficult test and the match proved to be taxing on the players. The Katxorros were in need of valuable points on the road, but their rivals were a daunting host.
The first half saw Bilbao Athletic enjoy the majority of opportunities in front of goal. Gaizka Larrazabal, Iñigo Vicente and Unai Vencedor all had chances while Asier Villalibre tested the goalkeeper twice. La Real’s goalkeeper did well to keep the Katxorros from finding the back of the net and their defense held strong to make things difficult. The halftime whistle finally came with the match still scoreless.
Things began to open up in the second half with both sides enjoying possession. Villalibre had another chance that was sailed out and ten minutes later Iñigo Vicente set up Larrazabal for a shot in the box that skipped wide. Vicente would then have a look himself from outside the box that was just off. All three chances looked as though they should have been goals, but Bilbao Athletic still couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
In the 79th minute the match would be decided when Thior Zourdine beat Hodei Oleaga to give Real Sociedad B a 1-0 lead. The forward received the ball in the box with plenty of space, settled, and placed his shot in the far corner where Oleaga was unable to make the save. Bilbao Athletic pressed for the rest of the game in hopes of finding an equalizer but the whistle finally sounded with the Katxorros not able to restore parity. Despite the dominant display Bilbao Athletic suffered their second straight loss on the road.
After picking up 13 points over the first five games of the season Gaizka Garitano’s team have now earned just one point from the last three and are in danger of dropping out of the promotional playoff zone of the table. The schedule doesn’t get any easier though, with Mirandés coming to Lezama next weekend. Impressively, Bilbao Athletic haven’t lost at home in over one year and will be looking to get back to their winning ways against a difficult opponent.