Not a second of pause, not a step back. That is the Eibar of Mendilibar, which is becoming an author's team, with a formula that seems simple. Which are usually the most complicated to implement. The second goal of the Guipuzcoans is the perfect example. He pulls out of center Charles, touches Cote, who throws in long, Sergi Enrich jumps head first, deflects to Charles, who sees Bono ahead and hits softly, in Vaseline. Eleven seconds have passed since the beginning of the second half and they have doubled the advantage of an accurate stab. The Girona knocked out
Eibar: Dmitrovic; Rubén Peña, Ramis, Arbilla, Cote; Diop (Sergio, m.82), Jordán (Escalante, m.66), Orellana, Cucurella; Enrich and Charles (Kike Garcia, m.73). Not used: Risk, Bigas, Paulo, De Blasis.
Girona: Bond; Valery, Ramalho, Alcalá, Juanpe (Pedro Porro, 63), Raúl; Pere Pons, Aleix Garcia (Lozano, 63), Granell (Douglas Luiz, 75); Portu and Stuani. Not used: José Suárez, Planas, Palk and Pachón.
Goals: 1-0. Rubén Peña. M. 36. 2-0. Charles M. 46. 3-0. Charles (pen.). M. 57.
Referee: González González. Yellow cards to Alcalá, Diop and Cucurella. Referee of the VAR: Alberola Rojas.
Ipurua, 4,419 spectators.
It is solidarity as a method of work. Let Orellana, a fine stylist, run and sacrifice himself in defense as if there were no tomorrow; that Enrich sticks a fifty-meter race to thank Cote for a good pass. Diop and Jordan do not stop stealing balls in midfield without a kick at the wrong time.
And while, the Girona looks, but does not learn, and after a few minutes he forgets to play with the same intensity as the locals, without realizing that he is disengaging from the game, for not attending that on the right wing is Orellana, but also Ruben Peña spectacular, which finds the space where the Chilean seeks to take two steps and launch a spectacular shot that sneaks through the squad.
The mud of Ipurua is not real mud anymore. It does not even come to a barrel. It is a decaffeinated mud, somewhat light. Nobody leaves the field of Eibar with the illegible number and half a kilo of weight in each half. Now the grass is brought in rolls, like carpets. February is still an inhospitable month, unpleasant to play football, but no one wallows in the mud, or disputes at the grass level end with attacker and defender chocolate. Everything is more subtle, until the game of Eibar. It no longer coils with base balls. He dismounts Girona in a different way, wearing him down in defense, where Ramalho, Alcalá and Juanpe suffer despite the help of the flanks, because the Eibar arrives in waves, like a wintry gale.
Eusebio's team leaves for the second part, because in the first, only a shot from Juanpe disturbs Dmitrovic, but eleven seconds after the return comes the technical KO, with the goal of Charles; and the third shortly after, in an unmitigated penalty from Ramalho to Enrich that, again Charles, transforms.
Girona knows that there is no hope left, that the match ends in that 57th minute. Eibar continues. For Mendilibar, that cliché that the best defense is a good attack is almost a religion. His team, not a step back, always in a rival field. The Catalans have no consolation even when in their most lucid attack, which ends in goal, Douglas Luiz gets out of play and the VAR ratifies it. It will be again, they will have to learn the lesson that Eibar gave them, which has a few in Ipurua.