Athletic Club edge ahead of European rivals Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas
Athletic Club boosted their chances of securing a European spot in 2022 with a narrow 1-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.
The Basque giants enjoyed a strong start to 2022 with a final appearance in the Spanish Supercopa and a 3-2 Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid earlier this month.
However, their league form has also looked impressive in recent weeks, with seven points from three games so far this year.
The visitors looked lively in the early stages with academy star Nico Serrano scoring his first ever senior goal to rightfully edge them past.
An absolutely brilliant finish by Nico Serrano! 💥
The 18-year-old propels Athletic Club ahead in Vallecas with his first first-team goal 🦁 pic.twitter.com/cDyFmKbW11
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) January 23, 2022
Marcelino’s side continued to have the best of the contest after the restart with Serrano and Inaki Williams both wasting key chances.
This lack of edge was almost punished by Rayo in the last 15, as Alvaro Garcia saw a clear effort off the line, but the opposing team ultimately held on.
Both sides are taking a break next weekend before a Copa del Rey return in early February, with Athletic Club hosting Real Madrid and Rayo at home to Mallorca.
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