Leganes shocked La Liga as they produced a good performance to beat Alaves on Friday evening.
The win for the home side sees them move out of the relegation places with 13 points from 13 games, whilst Alaves, who could have gone top with a win, settle for fouth, however, Espanyol will play on Sunday and could go ahead of them.
Abelardo’s side have been in fine form this season and another three points would have seen them go top of the La Liga table, albeit until Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played their game on Saturday evening.
The home side started the game well but in truth, both sides played a cautious approach – something both Abelardo and Mauricio Pellegrino had discussed during their pre match press conferences.
Leganes’ strike force En=Nesyri and Guido Carillo were both looking sharp and they tested away keeper Fernando Pacheco during the first half.
Dimitrios Siovas fired over the cross bar through another chance for Leganes, before En-Nesyri broke the deadlock just moments before the interval.
The former Malaga man’s goal was enough to see out the game as visiting boss Abelardo was left frustrated with his side’s dull performance.
Alaves did show more effort in the second period but Pellegrino’s side weathered any chance for the visitors and held on for a vital three points.