He had left but not qualifying because the Espanyol He arrived in Iceland with the duties done, with an expressive 4 to 0 of the first leg that erased all rival hope. The second challenge was also short-lived, just what Pedrosa wanted to give the reason to Gallego, who put a double side on the left -Didac behind and Pedrosa ahead-, worried as he was about the small dimensions of the field and the arrivals at the approach of Stjarnan, who tried to impose the physical but forgot the ball. An insipid recipe that took Espanyol to the next level, now in the penultimate previous round of the Europa League against the Swiss Lucerne.
Espanyol did not suffer the Icelandic outburst, beyond the artificial turf, the cry of his fan – the famous Huh! which infected the national team— and Halldórsson's penalty kick after an absurd blow by Javi López on Aegisson, which he received from behind at the apex of the area and dropped to the canvas to which he noticed the kick. A lost illusion for Stjarnan and a slap for Espanyol, who understood that without effort there is no reward, no matter how much the duel began in the best way.
Pedrosa Merit, who did not get carried away by laziness but asked for the ball and the prominence. It reached him with starting the motorcycle to understand that no one was running at his own pace, to throw centers to the penalty spot without success because the Icelandic defense can beat almost everything except a physicist, not even centimeters. So he decided to play inside and the first ball he received from rock, he turned, drew a zigzag to discount three rivals and, when he got the fourth step, he hit him with the right and the toe, a futsal player resource. He hit the punch and signed a delicious goal, somewhat closed the curtain when it had barely opened.
With Javi López worried about throwing Halldórsson the tie – the only one of the Stjarnan who wanted the ball at the foot and not the hole -, the right band of Espanyol barely produced football, also stuck Melendo when playing a changed leg. But on the left they fired rockets because Pedrosa continued with her recital of bankruptcies and skirts, well escorted by the climbs of Dídac. In one of those, he threw a measured center to the penalty spot that Borja Iglesias headed with all the intention, but the post denied him glory.
Did not give up the Stjarnan, that after the intermission advanced the lines to make up the result. And he got away with it because after two poisoned centers – one from Gudbjargason and one from Hauksson – that almost choked Diego López, a third of Hauksson on the horn walked through the area until Sigursson hunted her on the flight. made target. Before, however, Espanyol had already taken advantage of the rival license to disregard the rearguard, at last deep before the spaces offered by the Stjarnan. It was enough an assistance to the hole of Víctor Sánchez and a crossed shot of Churches to seal its target, the third European; and a Melendo pass to Ferreyra, which hit him from outside the area to also count three networks.
Sale Baldur Sigurdsson
Thorri Geir Runarsson
Solvi Snaer Gudbjargarson
Sale Nimo Gribenco
Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
Sale Gudmundur Steinn Hafsteinsson
Javi Puado leaves
Wu Lei out
It was not a night of emergency but of enjoyment, so the electric entered Wu Lei and the promising Puado, also Iturraspe, which premiered as blue and white as Bernardo did.
Meeting and simple triumph for Espanyol, which is finally four clashes of being European.