Eibar picked up their first win in six league games with a convincing 3-0 success over Espanyol at Ipurua on Monday night.
Goals from Sergi Enrich, Pablo De Blasis and Charles Dias eased Los Armeros to victory against the underperforming Catalans in Gipuzkoa.
The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts in the early stages of the match when Pablo De Blasis’ cross was flicked goalwards by Kike Garcia, but he was denied the opener by a fantastic save from Diego Lopez.
It was the Basques who had the majority of possession but Espanyol really should have opened the scoring on 17 minutes. Leo Baptistao burst into the box before checking back on to his right foot, but instead of finding the back of the net, he fired the ball wide.
Eibar were next to go close when Naldo’s backpass was intercepted by Sergi Enrich but he was denied by Lopez at the expense of a corner.
Los Pericos failed to clear their lines from the resultant corner however and when Marc Cucurella’s cross was met by a looping header from Papakouli Diop with the unmarked Enrich on hand to slot home the dropping ball.
De Blasis hit the target with a half volley and then a tame shot from distance, but both were easily held by Lopez with Eibar leading by one at the break.
Baptistao was persistent all night for the visitors and forced his way into a shooting position at the start of the second half but Pedro Bigas deflected his effort behind.
That block proved to be crucial as just four minutes later, it was 2-0.
Bigas’ ball in from the left found its way through to De Blasis who stuck the ball beyond Lopez into the roof of the net.
The second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the away side and when a chance did fall their way, Esteban Granero hit the ball over the bar after a poor clearance by Asier Riesgo.
Winger De Blasis was a constant menace to the Espanyol defence and almost turned provider when he slipped the ball through to Enrich but his sliding effort was easily held by Lopez.
They did add a third with six minutes of normal time remaining when a corner hit the head of Baptistao, deflecting to Charles at the back post who volleyed the ball into the bottom corner.
Enrich claimed for a penalty when he went down in the box after Joan Jordan’s pass, but instead he was booked for diving before Jordan had one last opportunity to round off the scoring but his shot from the edge of the box was straight at the keeper.
The win sees Eibar climb to 11th while Espanyol are down to 13th.
Eibar: Riesgo; Peña, Arbilla, Bigas, Cote; De Blasis (Escalante, 83), Diop, Jordan, Cucurella; Enrich (Cardona, 87), Kike (Charles, 78)
Espanyol: Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, Naldo (Iglesias, 62), Jose Lopez, Didac; Sanchez (Hermoso, 63), Roca, Granero; Melendo (Piatti, 75), Puado, Baptistao