Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams breaks La Liga record of most consecutive appearances after he was been named in the starting 11 against Alaves

By not missing any match for his side since 2016, the Bilbao striker now has 203 consecutive appearances to his name. The previous record was 202 appearances and was held by the former Real Sociedad player Juan Larranaga. Williams had a tamed night on the field though and could manage only two shots throughout the game.

Spanish club Athletic Bilbao’s forward Inaki Williams on Friday broke the record of most consecutive appearances in La Liga against Deportivo Alaves. The game was played at San Mames Barria, the home ground of Bilbao and the hosts managed to get a 1-0 victory over their rivals.

By not missing any match for his side since 2016, the Athletic Bilbao’s striker now has 203 consecutive appearances to his name. The previous record was 202 appearances and was held by the former Real Sociedad player Juan Larranaga. Williams had a tamed night on the field though and could manage only two shots throughout the game.

It was Raul Garcia that made all the difference for his side, by the means of a headed goal to correct his earlier mistake. In the early minutes of the game, Bilbao was awarded a penalty kick, and Garcia had stepped up to take it. However, Pacheco, the Alaves goalkeeper was up to the task as he made a good save to keep the Spanish forward out. It was not before long that Garcia got another opportunity and this time he buried it past the goalkeeper to give his team a lead which remained till the final whistle was blown.

With this victory, Bilbao jumps up to the 6th position on the points table. They have a one-point advantage over Barcelona who is placed 7th. On the other hand, Alaves who stunned the defending champions in last week’s La Liga encounter, are still in the relegation zone and battling hard to survive in this early stage of the season. They host Real Betis at home in their next La Liga fixture.

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