Nico Williams: a historic 18-year-old debut for Athletic

Two brothers play together with the red and white shirt for the first time in 35 years in the draw at San Mams against Valladolid

Nico and Iaki Williams congratulate Ral Garca after a goal against ValladolidLALIGA

At minute 62, history began to be written. Nicholas Williams, 18 years old, debuted with Athletic. In ’72, it was completed with the departure to the field of Iaki. For the first time in 35 years, two brothers played at the same time with the red and white jersey. The last had been the Salinas (Patxi and Julio). There were others, such as Karanka o go Aketxe, who never played on the same team. The Williamss and that is why they are already Athletic history.

The pity for them was that such an unforgettable game for the family could not be crowned with a victory. Valladolid asserted its need to scratch a tie in San Mams, which momentarily removes it from relegation, although with the same points as Elche. For Athletic, the tie means that their already few chances to climb to Europe are definitely forgotten. Everything already happens to think about the future and that’s where Nico Williams fits, more technical and slower than his brother, more extreme and less forward.

With the same men who had defeated the Attico three days before, except for the injured Cover and the sanctioned Winner, Athletic started the game quite bro, dominating Valladolid without too many difficulties. That superiority materialized in the 14th minute, when Morcillo He picked up a rebound at the front of the area and, very free of mark, prepared the throw with the left mark, sending the ball close to the base of the stick. Masip, that little could do to avoid the goal.

Very comfortable

From then on, the team of Marcelino I lived very comfortable. By no means did he display brilliant football, he barely enjoyed one more chance, a Morcillo volley stopped by Masip, but being correct was enough for him not to suffer against a very poor Valladolid, lacking in ideas and above all precision with the ball. . He lost it right away against the solid red-and-white defense and always recovered it too close to his goalkeeper. It was only in the final five minutes that he woke up, finding stationary solutions. In a skull, Weissman He came to celebrate the tie, but ended up offside.

Athletic was losing steam and that is when Marcelino activated his bench, introducing Nico, Ibai Y Ral Garca. Valladolid tried, but without many arguments until they found the exit again in a crner. Heads it Orellana, 168 centimeters of auctioneer that revealed the red-and-white behind. It was then that the Asturian technician decided to complete the event: Nico to the field.

The older brother was decisive for Athletic to go ahead again, as he gave Ral Garca an accurate death pass after a good start at speed. Valladolid, however, did not give up and ended up finding their prize with five minutes remaining. Weissman anticipated From Marcos Y Nose to pick up a lateral cross and send it to the goalkeeper from the penalty spot. The point does not remove the poor from the pucelanos, who only add a victory in the entire second round, but less does it give them a stone. And in the meantime, the Williamses couldn’t help smiling despite the tie. It was not be for lowerly.


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