Athletic Bilbao continued their strong start to the season by beating Basque rivals Real Sociedad 2-0 in La Liga on Friday with a dominant performance.
Inaki Williams gave Athletic the lead in the 11th minute by sending a first-time shot crashing into the net to complete a quick move sparked by a throw in.
Raul Garcia extended their advantage in the 28th with a strike from outside the area which looped into the net.
Sociedad had a penalty awarded in between the two goals but it was overturned after...
Iñaki Williams blazes a trail at Spain's historic Athletic Club: 'I have in my blood what it means to be Basque'
BILBAO, Spain -- Iñaki Williams made history on a night when he wasn't even expecting to make it on the pitch.
With Athletic Club Bilbao's main striker and goal scorer, Aritz Aduriz, sidelined by injury, then-manager Ernesto Valverde (now of Barcelona) bypassed proven veteran Kike Sola and tapped Williams, an unrefined, 20-year-old speedster, to make his Europa League debut on a chilly February evening. Maybe a shot of energy was what it would take to give his tired squad a chance in the...
Lionel Messi is in a race against time to be fit for Barcelona's La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Messi trained alone on Wednesday, working with fitness coach Juanjo Brau as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.
He picked up the injury in his first session of preseason last Monday and as a result missed Barca's tour of the United States last week.
There's a chance that Messi will return to full training on...