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Ruben Duarte discusses cancelled Espanyol goal

Ruben Duarte discusses cancelled Espanyol goal

Alaves defender Ruben Duarte has discussed the win over Espanyol and the disallowed goal for the away side.

The home side were in search of their first win of the season as they hosted a good looking Espanyol side, who had drawn with Celta Vigo and beaten Valencia prior to the game.

The away side in truth – had the majority of the football in the first half and as they pressed, it looked increasingly likely that they would take the lead.

Just moments before the break, they did – when Leo Baptistao was awarded a penalty courtesy of a VAR decision and the striker gladly opened the scoring.

Whilst, the second half was much of the same – in terms of dominance in possession from the away side – Alaves seemed buoyed and they attacked with real purpose.

The leveller would come in the shape of former Swansea City striker Borja Baston just before the hour mark, and Abelardo’s side would then go on to take the lead and seal all three points, thanks to a goal from Ruben Sobrino.

Speaking after the game, Duarte spoke about how his side reacted following the disallowed goal from Sergio Garcia, which would of seen Espanyol lead 2-0

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“The cancelled goal changed our mentality, we were down when it happened, because it would have been difficult to come back, but VAR changed that and we fought hard to win the game.

“We knew it was very complicated against a good opponent, but in the Mendizorroza, we know we can beat anyone.”