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Eusebio bemoans poor second half as Girona’s April fixtures provide challenge

Eusebio bemoans poor second half as Girona’s April fixtures provide challenge

Girona boss Eusebio has bemoaned his side’s poor second half performance as they lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao on Friday evening.

What happened on Friday?

Before kick off, these two sides were fairly even, sitting around the midtable mark in La Liga but it proved to be a good night for the visitors as they secured an impressive win to give their European hopes a boost.

The opening goal of the came rather against the run of play as Williams and Oscar De Marcos both tested home keeper and former Athletic stopper Gorka Iraizoz during the opening twenty minutes.

Cristhian Stuani was the man celebrating as he found the back of the net after good work from left back Raul Garcia.

The game then was fairly even but chances fell few and far between as the hosts failed to build on their 1-0 lead and that was soon cancelled out by the lively Williams.

The Basque striker was on hand to bring his side level thanks to good work by Yuri Berchiche and it was just five minutes later than flipped the game right on its head as Athletic went ahead.

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This time Williams turned providor as he found Raul Garcia, who put the ball into the back of the net past Iraizoz and secured all three points.

What did Eusebio have to say?

“It hurts not to be able to win, to offer victory to our fans,” he told reporters. “We had the match under control, we could have won, but everything changed after the break.

“They were superior and we have not remained at the same level of the first half. We will analyze what happened but we do not have time to lament the result.”

Upcoming fixtures….

Girona travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday to face Atletico Madrid, before hosting Espanyol at the weekend. They then face back to back games with Celta Vigo and Villarreal, who are both scrapping for survival at the bottom of the table.