Liga Santander: A timely Borja Iglesias takes Espanyol out of the hole | sports

Liga Santander: A timely Borja Iglesias takes Espanyol out of the hole | sports


Although he ended up counting the minutes on the way to the final whistle, Espanyol breathes today something calmer after getting his first win of the year. And it did it in spite of the offensive framework devised by Pellegrino.

A team as well worked defensively as the Leganés must be caught in a disconcerting play. For example, with a kick from almost 50 meters. Like the one that was taken out of the manga David López. He caught the ball just crossed the midfield line and armed his right leg. I had seen Cuellar a little early. And, indeed, the goal did not reach the ball, which was stamped on the crossbar. But, luck was not complete. The rejection took advantage, of course, Borja Iglesias. Galician had been placed in position, crouching between two power stations, as soon as he saw the occasion. And the leather fell from the sky. Perfect for an empty header. Thus, Espanyol regained confidence. What was missing?



Spanish

4-2-3-1


Yellow card

Yellow card

Didac


Yellow card

Yellow card

Marc Roca


Change

Víctor Sánchez leaves

Óscar Melendo


Change

Sale Hernán Pérez

Leo Baptistao


Yellow card

Yellow card

Omeruo


Change

Sale El Zhar



Yellow card

Yellow card

Bustinza


Red card

Red card

Gumbau



Leganés

5-3-2

The feeling of the beginning of the course had remained, of blow, in an anodyne equipment, whose game liked the just thing, because it had lost effectiveness. In addition he had accumulated six consecutive losses in LaLiga, the worst streak in its history. This first game of 2019 was lived from necessity, tremendous, however good his coach insisted that the world was not over, as close as the blue and white of Europe were as the relegation posts before facing the Leganés, a direct rival , a team that, on the other hand, arrived at a sweet moment after scoring in nine of their last 10 matches.

The early goal by Rubi's fans waved theirs, who felt the rival goal with the boots (and the head) of Borja Iglesias and, especially, with a very personal play by Leo Baptistao at the beginning of the second half: after a long drive, the launch went over the crossbar. It was not the only opportunity he wasted. The Brazilian had the goal so close, on two more occasions, that, frustrated, ended between sobs on the bench after Rubi claimed to give entry to Hernán Pérez.

Although spurred the locals, more owners of the ball, as dictated by the principles of their coach, those of Pellegrino, arranged a line of three central back and rescued by Nyom and Silva, did not lose order. Although, sealed the goal, entrusted Leganés to counterattack and somewhat timid, Diego Lopez was hardly awakened by a free throw by Óscar Rodríguez. Until the entry of El Zhar revolutionized the game. The Moroccan became the coach's most effective message, which disarmed his defense and agitated Leganes. At last. Late. The party returned to move from goal to goal, as in the initial minutes. And the ball did not have an owner. But neither Espanyol, Melendo, was able to secure the victory before, nor the Leganés, who ended with 10 for the expulsion of Gumbau, to take advantage of his defensive proposal.



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