Big night for Garcia, Williams in La Liga

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Athletic Bilbao forward Raul Garcia missed a penalty before scoring to lead his team to a 1-0 win over Alaves on a record-setting night for teammate Inaki Williams in La Liga.

Williams set a Spanish league record with his 203rd consecutive appearance by playing in Friday's match at San Mames Stadium.

The Bilbao striker has not missed a league match for any reason since April 2016. The prior mark of 202 straight league games was held by former Real Sociedad player Juan Larranaga.

Garcia had a spot kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the ninth minute after a long video review that spotted a handball by Ximo Navarro.

Pacheco kept Alaves alive against a dominant Bilbao by saving shots by Iker Muniain and Williams on the half-hour mark.

But the goalkeeper could do little to stop Garcia from heading in Inigo Lekue's poorly defended cross a minute before half-time. Williams drew in two defenders, leaving Garcia free to nod home Lekue's long ball to the far post.

Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, just ahead of Barcelona, before the rest of the round this weekend.

Alaves stayed in the relegation zone after their sixth defeat in seven games.

They arrived hoping to build on their shock 1-0 win over defending champions Atletico Madrid in the last round, but generated far too little in attack to contest the Basque Country derby with Bilbao.

On Saturday, Barcelona visit Atletico with coach Ronaldo Koeman under extreme pressure following two embarrassing defeats in the Champions League.

Leaders Real Madrid visit promoted Espanyol on Sunday.

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