Solid start for Athletic

Athletic Club have made a solid start to their 2023-24 La Liga campaign, winning two, drawing one and losing one match prior to the first international break of the season. The seven points that they have garnered thus far leave them in joint fourth place in the nascent league table.

Their solitary defeat came in the opening fixture, which was a tough assignment against Real Madrid at San Mamés Barria. First half goals from Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham sealed a 2-0 win for the Madrileños.

Seven days later, Athletic made the short trip to Osasuna and cancelled out that opening result with a 2-0 away win of their own. Iñaki Williams and Gorka Guruzeta were the goalscorers and both teams finished the game with ten men following a pair of dismissals.

Back at home on the third matchday, Athletic got off to a poor start against Real Betis, finding themselves two goals down after only ten minutes. However, they fought back strongly to take the lead before half-time via two Mikel Vesga penalties and a second goal of the season for Guruzeta. Unai Gómez added a fourth late on to seal the win.

Athletic were then held to a draw against Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium on matchday four as neither team was able to find the net.