Espanyol continued their United States tour in similar vein to how they started with an emphatic 3-2 win over United Soccer League leaders FC Cincinnati.
Having come from behind in their first friendly against Richmond Kickers, it came as no surprise when Rubi’s men did the same at the Nippert stadium in front of a 16,135 crowd.
How it happened
It only took five minutes for the host side to show why they are six points clear at the top of the USL. A well-worked move was expertly finished by Russell Cicerone, whose strike goes down as FC Cincinnati’s first-ever goal in an international friendly.
FC Cincinnati had never scored in an international friendly, losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace in 2016 and fellow La Liga outfit Valencia last year.
Although the lead was short-lived as Victor Sanchez capitalised on some sloppy passing at the back. His interception provided space and allowed him to run into the box before smartly running the ball past the sprawling Spencer Richey.
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Both sides went into the break level and the interval saw a celebration of Cincinnati’s rise to Major League Soccer.
The advantages of La Liga soon took light as Espanyol took control in the second-half. Although it took up until the 69th minute for the visitors to take the lead as substitute Sergio Garcia broke the deadlock.
FC Cincinnati’s Emmanuel Ledesma grabbed the equaliser in the 76th minute with a long ranged effort that found the far post conrer.
Although the home side’s celebration were cut short as three minutes later Sergi Darder snatched the winner to end Espanyol’s United States tour unbeaten.
FC Cincinnati: Spencer Richey (GK) Matt Bahner-Paddy Barrett-Sem de Wit-Lance Laing Nazmi Albadawi-Will Seymore-Kenney Walker (C)-Jimmy McLaughlin-Russell Cicerone Emery Welshman
Subs: Evan Newton (GK), Mark Village (GK), Forrest Lasso, Tyler Gibson, Tomi Ameobi, Danni Konig, Michael Lahoud, Corben Bone, Dekel Keinan, Blake Smith, Justin Hoyte, Blake Smith.
Espanyol: Diego Lopez (GK) Pipa-Aaron-Victor Sanchez-Naldo Melendo-David Lopez-Alex Lopez-Pablo Piatti
Subs: Roberto (GK), Eduardo Frias (GK), Oscar Duerte, Borja Iglesias, Sergio Garcia, Sergi Darder, Leo Baptistao, Didac Vila, Javi Lopez, Hernan Perez, Marc Rosa, Mario Hermoso, Granero, Sergio Sanchez, Lluis Lopez.