Bilbao Athletic Draw Badajoz In The First Round Of The Promotional Playoffs
Bilbao Athletic will have the reward for an outstanding season. The remainder of the Segunda B campaign was canceled as a result of the pandemic, but the promotional playoffs will still take place in July. As a top four finisher in Group II, Bilbao Athletic will compete in the playoffs and now know their first opponents.
The draw for the opening round was held on Thursday with Bilbao Athletic being matched up against Badajoz. Both teams finished the season with an identical 49 points, though Badajoz also enjoyed an exciting run in the Copa del Rey where they eliminated Eibar in the Round of 32 before being knocked out by Granada.
Along with being a strong test for Joseba Etxeberria’s side, Badajoz also have a familiar face who will take the field. Gorka Santamaria, who graduated from Lezama and played for Bilbao Athletic, currently leads Badajoz with 10 goals this season. Bilbao Athletic must be at their best to advance to the next round and continue fighting for promotion.
Unai Vencedor and Dani Vivian will compete with Bilbao Athletic despite currently training with the first team. Oihan Sancet’s status is currently unknown. The match is scheduled to take place on 18 July at Nuevo Mirador De Algeciras. In total, Bilbao Athletic will have to win three straight games to earn promotion to the second division.