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First Division - Day 14

Eibar 5 - Almería 2

Eibar: Irureta; Bóveda, Albentosa, Raúl Navas, Lillo; Boateng, Dani García; Manu del Moral (Errasti 83‘), Arruabarrena, Saúl Berjón (Capa 44’); Piovaccari (Abraham 67‘). 4-2-3-1.
Almería: Rubén; Ximo Navarro, Fran Vélez, Trujillo, Mané; Corona, Thomas; Wellington Silva, Thievy (Soriano 33‘), Jonathan Zongo (Edgar 64‘); Hemed (Teerasil Dangda 46‘). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 03. Piovaccari. Picked up Bóveda pass and ran to shoot wide of Rubén.
2-0. 21. Saúl Berjón. Took Dani García pass and struck angled shot in off Vélez.
3-0. 30. Albentosa. Got above defence to head Saúl corner down past keeper.
3-1. 43. Soriano. Turned ball in from close to goal after Trujillo headed to him.
4-1. 57. Raúl Navas. Steered far post header past keeper from del Moral corner.
5-1. 74. Capa. Struck shot past keeper after Manu stepped over Abraham centre.
5-2. 77. Edgar. First time volley in to roof of net from long Ximo Navarro cross.

Yellow cards: Piovaccari 28’, Dani García 35’, Corona 47’, Thomas 53’, Boateng 70’, Capa 85’, Wellington Silva 86’.

With the midweek cup ties running on to Friday, there were two league games scheduled for Monday evening, a public holiday in Spain. Eibar hosted Almería in the first of those, and despite a constant rainfall, the Basque side ran out 5-2 winners in an entertaining match. With only half an hour gone the locals were already three up, Piovaccari opening the scoring in the third minute after turning past Trujillo to run on and score. Saúl Berjón added a second with a shot which took a deflection off Fran Vélez, and Albentosa headed the third from a Saúl corner. Francisco immediately brought on Soriano for Thievy, and the veteran midfielder got one back shortly before the break from Trujillo’s headed pass. But some twelve minutes in to the second half Raúl Navas headed a fourth from a del Moral corner, and Lillo and Capa went close before del Moral stepped over Abraham’s cross to allow Capa to fire home the fifth. Edgar fired home an impressive volley three minutes later, and Corona hit the bar later on, but the visitors stay just above the drop zone, level on points with all the bottom three after seven league games without a win. Eibar though are up to ninth, the highest ranking of the three Basque teams. Who would have thought that at the start of the season?