La Liga: Espanyol defeated Alaves 2-0 after goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco despatched off early for dealing with the ball outdoors the penalty space.
- Last Updated: June 13, 2020, 10:02 PM IST
Espanyol defender Bernardo Espinosa and ahead Wu Lei scored eitehr aspect of the break at hand the relegation-threatened aspect a 2-0 La Liga dwelling win over Alaves, who had goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco despatched off early in Saturday’s contest.
Victory of their first match on the league’s resumption after the COVID-19 stoppage took backside staff Espanyol to 23 factors from 28 video games, three factors off the security zone.
Espinosa gave Espanyol the lead within the remaining seconds of the primary half, heading Adri Embarba’s cross previous substitute keeper Roberto Jimenez earlier than Chinese striker Wu doubled the lead two minutes into the second interval having crushed the offside entice.
Alaves had been diminished to 10 males within the 19th minute when their beginning Spanish keeper Pacheco was proven a straight purple card after he misinterpret a protracted go and dealt with the ball simply outdoors the penalty space.
Espanyol had been unable to profit from the resultant free kick however they continued to create alternatives, forcing Jimenez right into a pair of very good double saves towards his former staff, earlier than finally making the breakthrough.
The Catalan aspect dominated possession and will have added a 3rd late on when striker Raul de Tomas discovered fellow substitute Sergi Darder unmarked contained in the field, however the midfielder failed to search out the goal with keeper Jimenez out of place.
Espanyol, who’ve been within the top-flight for 85 out of 89 seasons together with the final 26 years, face a tricky run-in with video games towards Real Madrid and native rivals Barcelona to return.