Athletic Club 1-1 Real Valladolid: Postgame Player Ratings

Inigo Martinez

Iñigo Martinez put in a strong defensive performance (AC)

Athletic Club saw their 1-0 lead over Real Valladolid slip away in stoppage time on Saturday, leaving the Lions with just one point. The Basques have now escaped the relegation zone, thanks to a great performance from Aritz Aduriz and a few others, and the team can now start looking to move even higher up the La Liga table.

Iago Herrerín 5/10

It was another easy game for Iago Herrerín who didn’t have much at all to deal with. He claimed crosses, fell on low passes, and did well to organize the defense. However, he was unable to save Óscar Plano’s equalizer in stoppage time although the shot did come from close range.

Ander Capa 7/10

With every passing game Ander Capa is playing even better. The right-back made things hard for Valladolid all night by putting in three crosses, a key pass, and forcing the goalkeeper to make a save. He drew fouls in the open field and didn’t allow any opportunities while in defense.

Yeray 7/10

Yeray continued his spectacular form with another solid performance at the San Mamés. He completed 91% of his passes, won 4 aerials, and made four clearances. The center-back never put a foot wrong and his positioning severely limited Valladolid’s ability to attack through the center.

Iñigo Martinez 6/10

For the second game in a row Iñigo Martinez was terrific. He won 8 aerials, made a key tackle, provided a key pass, and even forced the keeper to save a strong volley from outside the box. The only negative moment came when he was out of position in the box and allowed the forward to win the ball and put a shot on goal.

Benat

Benat pulled the strings in midfield (AC)

Yuri Berchiche 4/10

Yuri Berchiche had an underwhelming night and found it difficult to provide anything going forward. His passing and crosses were off, but he was able to help out defensively. The 28-year-old had 2 interceptions, 2 clearances, and made one key tackle yet he and Iker Muniain just couldn’t get anything going together on the left side of the field.

Dani García 5/10

Dani García played a great game throughout regulation time. He completed 80% of his passes, made two interceptions, and won an important tackle in the midfield. As usual, he was the cog that made everything work for Athletic, but his back heel in stoppage time led to Valladolid’s equalizer. It was just one small mistake that cost the team two points and for that his score drops.

Beñat 6/10

Beñat rebounded well from Monday night’s terrible performance against Alavés. The midfielder completed 91% of his passes, 6 of 8 long balls, won 2 aerials, and even made a couple of tackles. He helped keep possession at important times in the match which was his biggest contribution. Truthfully Beñat didn’t put a foot wrong the entire match, but he also wasn’t able to create anything in the final third.

Iker Muniain 4/10

Making his first start under Gaizka Garitano, Iker Muniain had a very quiet night with not much to show. He led the team in passing, completing 96%, but did very little else. He had a few tackles and won some fouls, but also lost the ball three times.

Aritz Aduriz Valladolid

Aritz Aduriz celebrates his penalty goal against Real Valladolid (LaLiga)

Raúl García 4/10

Often the pinnacle of consistency, Raúl García had an off night against Real Valladolid. The midfielder completed just 46% of his passes and failed to connect on any of his 3 crosses or 4 long balls. He did win 3 aerials and made 2 tackles, though his only shot didn’t even test the keeper. A rare substandard performance from Rulo.

Iñaki Williams 3/10

It wasn’t the best night for Iñaki Williams. The forward tried to use his pace to cause problems and had a few good moments, winning 2 dribbles and drawing 2 fouls. That was really it. He lost the ball 5 times and was the reason that Athletic failed to capitalize on a few counter attacks because of his inability to pick out the right pass. The Lezama product did complete 80% of his passes and had 2 interceptions, but he was often a major liability going forward.

Aritz Aduriz 8/10

Aritz Aduriz was the best player on the pitch at the San Mamés. The striker tested the keeper with every shot, provided a key pass, had a successful dribble, won 5 headers, and scored an amazing penalty to give Athletic a first half lead. Valladolid struggled to mark the 37-year-old all game. The only negatives were that Aduriz completed just 67% of his passes and committed a few fouls. Still, it was a fabulous performance that deserves praise.

Gorka Guruzeta

Gorka Guruzeta was active in his five minutes off the bench (AC)

Iñigo Córdoba 5/10

After coming on for Iker Muniain there just wasn’t enough time for Iñigo Córdoba to make his presence felt. He won a header, completed a dribble, and lost the ball once.

Mikel San José 5/10

Mikel San José was brought on late for Beñat with the goal of controlling the midfield and didn’t really make much of an impact. He completed 60% of his passes, made a tackle, and completed a dribble.

Gorka Guruzeta 5/10

Gorka Guruzeta came on with just 5 minutes left and didn’t have the opportunity to do much. He had only one touch but was still very active and gave plenty of effort.

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