Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Don’t miss the complete playback and highlights of the Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid game. The game kicks off at 15:15 (GMT) on the 16th of December, 2023. Jesús Gil will be the referee for this match, which will take place at the San Mamés Barria. It’s a game in the Spanish La Liga, Week 17, Season 2023/2024.

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Full Match Reports

Athletic Club continued to impress in LaLiga at San Mamés, securing a 2-0 victory against third-placed Atlético Madrid and claiming 20 points from the last 24 available at home.

Seeking their third win in four home H2H meetings, Athletic initiated proceedings as the league’s most prolific scorers, boasting 22 goals in seven matches. Standing in their way was an Atleti side buoyed by their midweek triumph over S.S. Lazio, securing them a spot in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) last 16. The hosts started robustly, with Gorka Guruzeta testing Jan Oblak early on, and LaLiga’s top scorer, Iñaki Williams, rattling the left post. Athletic dominated and had an excellent opportunity to take the lead from the spot after Çağlar Söyüncü’s error, but Oihan Sancet’s penalty mishap sent the ball soaring over Oblak’s bar.

Although home fans might have been disappointed not to lead based on their first-half performance, any grievances were set aside shortly after the restart as Athletic broke the deadlock. Ander Herrera, following a corner kick, delivered a precise ball for the unmarked Guruzeta to sweep home at the back post. In need of a goal, Diego Simeone made the bold decision to substitute Antoine Griezmann—twice the hero in last season’s H2H league meetings—a choice that raised questions when Athletic extended their lead five minutes later. With limited options, Nico Williams found space in the area and curled an exceptional strike into the top-left corner, securing a well-deserved two-goal advantage.

The hosts maintained control, thwarting Atleti’s attempts and earning three crucial points in their quest for UCL football. The gap to the defeated opponents was reduced to just two points. Atlético Madrid, in their visits to six sides placed 11th or higher at the start of the matchday, have secured only one victory (D1, L4).

Man of the Match: Ander Herrera (Athletic Club).