Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic picked up their third win of the season to move up to a provisional third place in the table with a crushing 3-0 victory over Cádiz in front of 42,881 fans at the San Mamés.
The home side had much the better of the first half and rattled the crossbar twice before the interval. They came close to opening the scoring on another couple of occasions before the breakthrough finally arrived mid-way through the second half. Oscar De Marcos surged forward from right-back and put in a fine cross towards the far post that Gorka Guruzeta met with a towering header past Ledesma in the Cádiz goal.
The lead was doubled only a couple of minutes later when Iñaki Williams bewitched the Cádiz defenders down the right flank and sent a ball into the box that was haplessly diverted towards their own goal by the out-stretched leg of a back-tracking opponent. It looped up kindly for Asier Villalibre, who calmly nodded it back across goal and into the far side of the net.
Williams himself added the third in the 90th minute by finishing off a classic route one move after a long punt up field from goalkeeper Unai Simón was flicked into his path by Villalibre. Simón was called upon to make a couple of fine saves at the death to protect his clean sheet as Athletic saw out a convincing victory.