The defeat in the league premiere of Athletic in Granada left criticism towards Gaizka Garitano due to the scarce play deployed in the central plot with the duo Dani Garcia–Vesga. For the Ipurua appointment, the Derio coach decided to change and next to that of Zumarraga he placed Unai Lopez, who ended up being the decisive man of the game by scoring the two goals that gave the rojiblancos the victory in Eibar.
Although the Donostiarra has less physical power than Vesga, combines well in attack, has the ability to generate danger with the stopped ball and is a threat when it appears from the front, as was seen in Ipurua, where he scored for the first time a double in his career in the Athletic first team.
Ipurua is not the best scenario to shine in the creative section, but a field in which you have to go for everything in each dispute, in which you can be very involved in the game from the initial whistle and in which you can be protagonist both near the rival area and in his own area.
The arrivals from behind the Guipuzcoan defined the first triumph of Athletic
Thus, the first actions of Unai lopez They were defensive, attentive to stopping the actions of an Eibar that tries to put many balls near the area to take advantage of these direct actions or the continuation of them. Performed well Unai in that work, while in the offensive aspect he was seen less in the first half with little ball on the ground.
In one of his first approaches through the area he had a double option to put a cross from the right, but they were not good and the armera rear managed to clear.
Near the break, his first big appearance in attack served to release the score. Brave advance of Black pudding to the left after recovering a ball, combined with Williams and the sending of Iñaki receives it Unai lopez very loose at the front of the area. So comfortable that he had time to take a great tight shot that came in after hitting the post.
In the second half he grew in the offensive plane, although in the containment work he conceded two shots to Eibar in the second play, one to Exposito and another to Diop in actions in which he should have been closer to the rival to make his shot difficult.
In attack, he put a good ball from the front, but Villalibre Y Yuri they hesitated and missed a good goal option.
The one that did go inside was the one in the 86th minute, when it went well through the center of the area to give continuity to a good foray through the center of Sancet and receive from Cap. His cross shot beat Dmitrovic and it was the triumph.