The Spanish took air at the RCDE Stadium at the expense of Alaves, which is still bottom of Primera, with the first win of the season thanks to a penalty goal from Raúl de Tomás in minute 54 after some hands from Duarte.
Alavés went from less to more. He enjoyed two clear opportunities in the first half with Joselu and Rioja and overcame the host’s goal with force. However, with the game broken in the middle of the field in the final bars, the parakeets’ goal continued to count.
Espanyol took three minutes to sign the first notice. And it was very serious. A goal disallowed by Raúl de Tomás for offside by Embarba made the parakeets’ intentions clear. The host was looking for 1-0 insistently and, on the 18th, RDT again signed the same and was again canceled ruled out by the VAR.
Rare occasions of the ‘babazorros’
Alavés was missing in attack: barely connected with his references above: Guidetti and Joselu. The first, and practically only, opportunity for the Basque team came in the 32nd minute, with a whip from Rioja from the edge that Diego López blocked without problems.
The balance started clearly in favor of the host, but as the break approached, Vicente Moreno’s men slowed down their offensive momentum and the visiting team stepped on the blue and white area: Joselu was close to surprising the local goal with a cross shot in discount.
Balance after the first half
In any case, the first 45 minutes ended with balance at the RCDE Stadium. There were no changes in the resumption. The Catalans came out of the locker room with more force and RDT, their main offensive argument, tried against Pacheco and the ball crashed in Duarte, with a blue and white past.
Finally, Espanyol’s insistence won his prize in the 52nd minute. Rubén Duarte touched the ball with his hand, received a yellow and caused a penalty. Now yes, Raúl de Tomás scored from eleven meters and his goal went up to the scoreboard (1-0). Javi Calleja moved his bench to seek the tie.
Vicente Moreno also refreshed his eleven to maintain the result, since his dominance was somewhat timid and the coach did not want surprises. Alavés approached with centers from the band, although without specifying in the last meters.
The second part passed with rhythm and tension, but few occasions for both teams. The people from Vitoria failed to disturb Diego López and, in fact, the clash ended with Espanyol settled in the visiting field. With the game broken, without midfield, Wu Lei did not take advantage of a one on one against Pacheco.
1-RCD Espanyol: Diego López; Pedrosa, Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Óscar Gil; Bare (David López, min.74), Darder (Melendo, min.88); Morlanes (Fran Mérida, min.66), Embarba, Melamed (Wu Lei, min.66) and Raúl de Tomás (Dimata, min.74)
0-Alavés: Pacheco; Martín (Miazga, min.86), Tachi (Miguel, min.86), Laguardia, Rubén Duarte; Pina (Pellistri, min.71), Loum, Manu García (Toni Moya, min.86), Rioja; Guidetti (Sylla, min.60) and Joselu.
Goal: 1-0, min.54: Raúl de Tomás.
Referee: Melero López (Andalusian committee). He admonished Rubén Duarte (min.52).
Incidents: match corresponding to the sixth day of LaLiga Santander played at the RCDE Stadium before 14,254 spectators.