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La Liga: Athletic down Sociedad 2-0 in Basque derby

Madrid, Aug 31 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/31/2019 11:18:17 AM IST

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 a VAR review deemed that the foul had taken place outside the area, and things got worse when they lost influential midfielder Asier Illarramendi to injury. Swedish teenager Alexander Isak did manage to put the ball in the net for the visitors after the interval but the effort was ruled offside after another VAR review.
Athletic continued to overpower their rivals as the minutes ticked by and they comfortably recorded another significant home win after beating Barcelona 1-0 on the opening day of the season, moving on to seven points after three games.
Sociedad have four points.
Sevilla held by Celta
Ghana international Joseph Aidoo featured for the entire 90 minutes of play as Celta Vigo drew 1-1 with Sevilla in Friday night’s La Liga clash at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Julen Lopetegui’s men have been dominant on their turf against La Celeste, winning the last three league matches.
It looked like they were going to make if four on the bounce for the first time since 1986 when Franco Vazquez scored nine minutes to the end of regulation time. Fran Escriba’s side however equalised in the 84th minute via Denis Suarez.
Sevilla looked more determined to score the winning goal, but Aidoo and the Celta backline held their nerve to take a point back home. 
The 23-year old Ghanaian – who is a recent acquisition from Belgian champions Genk - made nine clearances and one interception in this match.
He has now played 180 minutes in the Sky Blue shirt having been confined to the bench in Celta Vigo’s 3-1 season opening home loss to Real Madrid.
It’s now two games unbeaten for the Galician outfit, and Aidoo will be looking to inspire his team to victory when newly-promoted Granada come visiting the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos on September 15.

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