Inaki brothers make 17 year laliga history
Inaki and Nico Williams created history in the Spanish top division when they both scored in Athletic Club’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano, becoming the first brothers to do so in 17 years, albeit they appear to be on track to represent different countries at the World Cup in Qatar.
The Williams brothers have had a wild start to the new season, and after scoring at the weekend, they will both be hoping to conclude 2022 at the World Cup in Qatar.
On Saturday, they became the first set of brothers to score in the same LaLiga match since Diego and Gaby Milito scored for Real Zaragoza against Barcelona in 2005.
The goals were enough to allow Bilbao come back from a goal down to overcome Rayo and go into the international break in fourth place.
Inaki Williams’ goal was the highlight of his 239th straight appearance in LaLiga, a record-extending match in a six-and-a-half-year run that appeared to be jeopardized when he had a muscle ailment earlier in the season.
However, his goal puts him in good stead for his first international window with Ghana, where he committed earlier this year, six years after making his last appearance for Spain.
Nico and Inaki Williams play for Athletic Bilbao together, but could represent Spain and Ghana, respectively, at the World Cup in Qatar. Nico, Inaki’s younger brother, scored his first senior goal against Elche the weekend before, and he backed that up with a lovely effort against Rayo.
This season, the 20-year-old has established himself as one of the brightest prospects in Spain’s top flight, and La Roja has quickly included him in their squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Switzerland and Portugal.
Williams’ call-up provoked predictable claims that Spain only called him up to keep him from playing for Ghana in the future.
“I’m not doing this to prevent [Nico] from going to Ghana; he’s young and a really attractive talent,” Spain coach Luis Enrique explained. “He’s getting more playing time with Athletic and is making great development.”
“I really like him. We’ve had him on the junior squad for a long time and have been watching him. I believe the family will be overjoyed. Imagine the celebration if they both go to the World Cup and make it to the final; it would be incredible.”
Only time will tell whether Nico, the more skilled and technically adept of the two, can have a more successful Spain career than his one-cap sister.