Mendilibar: Levante smarter than usMarch 19, 2018
Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has said Levante were smarter than his side on Friday evening in the 2-1 defeat.
The win lifted the Levante to 17th in the league standings and seven points clear of the relegation places.
Eibar started the better of the two sides but they failed to take the lead through their best chance, when Kike Garcia’s effort went wide.
Veteran Italian striker Giampaolo Pazzini was a constant threat for the home side but he couldn’t open the scoring, despite a couple of snap shots.
The deadlock was broken however, when Roger Marti profited off some superb wing play and tapped home.
Play then opened up as Eibar began to play but they found former Barcelona keeper Oier Olazabal in good form.
Charles and Takashi Unai entered the pitch for the away side in the second half and they looked a different threat and it was the former who got his side back on level terms after a corner in the 63rd minute.
Whilst most expected the game to then end in a draw; Emmanuel Boateng took full advantage of a mistake and restored the home lead, just one minute after the leveller.
Following the game, Mendilibar took to press to discuss his side’s defeat, saying they were second best for large parts of the game.
He later added that his side could not react to the strike from Boateng, which came instantly after his side’s leveller.