Inaki Williams finishes at the door of Cádiz before the harassment of Alcalá.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press
A dynamic and cheerful Athletic , refreshed by Marcelino with the entry of elements such as Vesga, Unai López and Berenguer, gave a review of a Cádiz in full crisis of soccer identity. The plan came out perfectly for Marcelino, who did not hesitate to look for his rival from minute one, aware of the doubts that plague the Andalusian team, which came to the game with three consecutive defeats and 11 goals conceded in those three clashes. Now, with 24 points, he sees three in the relegation zone.
Álvaro Cervera's face in the band was a real poem before the collapse of a team has entered a delicate phase after having shown a very competitive facet in the first section of the course. Athletic, driven by the effect of Marcelino, had an impeccable first half, winning 0-3 at halftime thanks to their ability to turn their dominance and good play into a goal. Goals with a very good bill from Berenguer and Unai López, the men for whom Marcelino bet. Cervera made up to four changes at one stroke at halftime. It didn't do much good. Williams made the fourth without Cádiz showing any signs of rebellion, surrendered to his sad fate in a match to forget. Athletic, for its part, is recovering the path of victory in LaLiga in a brilliant way and maintains options to fight for seventh place, which may be European.
Cádiz Jeremias Ledesma, Luis Espino, Alcalá, Isaac (Jose Alejandro Martin, min 84), Cala, Salvi (Ivan Saponjic, min. 45), Garrido, Perea (Rubén Sobrino, min. 45), Fali, Negredo (Jairo Izquierdo, min. 45) and Lozano (Iván Alejo, min. 45) AthleticUnai Simón, Yeray, Unai Núñez, Capa (Lekue, min. 78), Yuri, Berenguer (Ibai Gómez, min. 78), Muniain, Unai López (Unai Vencedor, min. 75), Vesga, Williams (Jon Morcillo, min. 65) and Raúl García (Villalibre, min. 65) Goals0-1 min. 4: Berenguer. 0-2 min. 14: Unai López. 0-3 min. 28: Berenguer. 0-4 min. 51: Williams. Referee Alejandro José Hernández Hernández Yellow cards Unai Núñez (min. 18), Cala (min. 32), Fali (min. 46), Vesga (min. 69) and Ivan Saponjic (min. 90)
Athletic, pure vitality, subdued Cádiz to brutal harassment , which resulted in two arrivals in the first minute of the game. The dominance and good football of the Basque team were translated into goals thanks to Berenguer's scoring facility and the poor positioning and lack of forcefulness of the Cádiz rear. After five minutes, Berenguer scored a delicious drop by Williams into a goal. Delicious was also the dribbling of the end to Alcalá, as well as his definition against Ledesma. The 0-1 soon reflected the enormous superiority of Athletic against a Cádiz absolutely overcome by circumstances. Muniain was a passer (with a great game) and also received a foul that led to 0-2 in the 15th minute. Unai López's hitting was excellent and Athletic scored two away goals in a quarter of an hour six years later. The last time he did it was in a Cup match that ended 2-4 against Celta and in which San José and Aduriz scored in that period.
Cádiz, out of position and without the ball, became a bag to receive blows . At 36 minutes, a great pass from Muniain enabled Berenguer, who made the third after a reverse and a subtle touch against Ledesma. The passivity of the Andalusian rear was striking, as was the quality of the execution of the winger, who completed his double. Athletic, unleashed and happy, did not stop before a Cádiz without an answer. Ledesma saved a shot from Williams and Vesga still shot wide with a good header. Orphan of the hallmarks that had made it a reliable team, Cádiz had collapsed at first where it offered disturbing signs. His lack of forcefulness and lack of intensity can condemn him to suffer a lot now that the decisive stretch of the season arrives. The numbers at halftime were evident: nine shots from Athletic to one from Cádiz spoke clearly of the visitor's superiority.
Cervera, desperate, made four changes at half-time. He changed the entire attack zone of his team with the intention of looking for, at least, a certain reaction. He met a goal from Williams after a great run by the striker. With the game more than resolved, Marcelino also took the opportunity to make changes and refresh his team. The broken Cádiz could even receive more goals on a sad and windy February night.