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Eibar 4-4 Levante: Last-gasp Mayoral goal saves point for Granotas in eight-goal Ipurua thriller

Eibar 4-4 Levante: Last-gasp Mayoral goal saves point for Granotas in eight-goal Ipurua thriller

A stoppage time leveler from substitute Borja Mayoral salvaged a point for Levante, as Eibar were held to a roller-coaster 4-4 draw at Ipurua.

After Sergi Enrich had given the hosts and early lead in the eighth minute, Jose Morales scored within a minute of the restart for the visitors signaling a frenzied lunchtime encounter in the Basque country, including a brace from Charles.

The result sees Eibar remain in mid-table, whilst Paco Lopez’ side miss out on the opportunity to climb into the top four.

Enrich lights touch paper on chaotic encounter

After defender Tono was booked within a minute of the opening whistle, few however could have expected the fireworks to come at Ipurua.

In what was a relatively cagey start for both sides, suddenly the play opened up approaching the ten-minute mark, as Enrich continued his goal-scoring form for the hosts to open the scoring.

After Marc Cucarella found space on the left, his cross found the head of Charles who flicked the ball on to the awaiting Spanish forward who thumped home a header past Oier.

Levante however, with the chance to fire themselves above Real Madrid temporarily drew level almost instantly as Eibar stopper Asier Riesgo’s aerial clearance was not dealt with.

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As the ball was fired back goalwards, Morales raced in a coolly converted to level the scores

Despite a wave of pressure from the hosts, Levante then came from behind via a Rober Pier effort after a hopeful cross from the right found the defender in space at the far post from a free-kick.

Eibar continued to throw caution to the wind with their opponents wide open on the flanks but failed to convert a number of chances, as the half-time whistle sounded.

Charles at the double for Eibar

As the game resumed after the interval, proceedings continued in their frenzied way, but Levante has seemingly began to take the sting from the host attack.

Eibar were not to be thwarted though, and after a five-minute spell of pressure Gonzalo Escalante struck to level the scores at 2-2.

With their tails up, Los Armeros surged forward again and after long ball forward ping-ponged around the edge the area, a loose pass fell to Charles in the box, who was then clipped by Jose Campana, as the midfielder attempted to clear.

As the referee waved away protest for a VAR review, Charles stepped up to convert his fourth goal of the campaign and his third from the spot.

The Brazilian then added a second four minutes later after strike partner Enrich again worked an opening, as Charles followed up following Oier parried save.

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Granotas storm back to snatch point

With a two-goal cushion, Eibar looked home a dry, but after Tono’s shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection off a defender and looped over Riesgo, Levante set up a grandstand finish.

The hosts sought to keep the ball as far from their goal as possible, but again the play broke down the home side.

With Levante awarded a free-kick from the right of the area, a cross was lofted goal-wards and as the Eibar defence was again thrown into panic, substitute and former Madrid forward Mayoral rode to Levante’s rescue to nod in from under the crossbar.

It was the final act of a thrilling encounter in the north of Spain, as the hosts were left to rue having the lion’s share of possession at Ipurua.