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Real Valladolid 2-4 Leganés: Visitors grab first away win in 13 months

Real Valladolid 2-4 Leganés: Visitors grab first away win in 13 months

Leganés secured their first away win since October 2017 by beating Real Valladolid 4-2 on Saturday.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side moved out of the relegation zone last weekend by ending their four-match winless run with victory over Deportivo Alavés.

However, Leganés arrived at the Estadio José Zorrilla with 5 players sidelined and no away win in 22 attempts.

But, in front of around 500 of their travelling supporters, Leganés set about changing that with Allan Nyom testing the Valladolid defence early on.

The visitors’ strong start was awarded in the 11th-minute with Dimitrios Siovas heading in a corner on the left-hand side.

Eight minutes later and the Valladolid fans were fuming after Toni Villa fell in the area before Kenneth Omeruo. But the referee awarded no penalty as Villa slipped while trying to rotate.

As the first-half went on, Valladolid began to establish some control but were unable to create any danger due to the impeccable Leganés defence.

Valladolid coach Sergio González switched Daniele Verde to the centre of the field and moved Óscar Plano to the right side in an attempt to improve things up front.

But a lack of speed and control in their play proved costly for Valladolid with an in control Leganés punishing them with a second goal before the break.

Jonathan Silva’s corner-kick was scored by Óscar Rodríguez on the rebound in the 42nd-minute with Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip helpless to prevent it.

Into the second-half and Valladolid had dropped their usual defensive focus in favour of an all-out attack on goal.

La Pucela needed a response and some good play by Verde gave Enes Ünal the chance to get one back – only for the returning Leganés goalkeeper Iván Cuéllar to deny him.

But, just five minutes after the break, Valladolid finally got one back with Villa scoring his first ever La Liga goal by slotting home Nacho’s rebounded shot.

Now back in the game, Sergio’s side continued their offensive focus in an attempt to put the scoreline level at 2-2.

But the home fans’ joy proved to be short-lived with a mistake from Masip enabling Guido Carrillo to add a third goal for Leganés in the 65th-minute.

The Argentine forward then scored another goal nine minutes later before being denied a hat-trick after the referee disallowed a goal a minute later for fouling Antoñito.

But with a big advantage, Leganés began to ease off the gas with Ünal scoring a stoppage-time consolation goal for Valladolid.

Team Line-Up

Real Valladolid (4-2-3-1): Masip; Antoñito (Keko, 84), Kiko Olivas, Calero, Nacho; Verde, Alcaraz (Cop, 63), Míchel, Toni (Leo Suárez, 69); Óscar Plano y Ünal.

Leganes (5-3-2): Cuéllar; Nyom, Tarín, Omeruo, Siovas, Jonathan Silva; Rubén Pérez (Gumbau, 82), Vesga, Óscar Rodríguez (El Zhar, 88); En Nesyri y Carrillo (Rolan, 80).