Espanyol proved too good for Alaves on Saturday at the RCDE Stadium, condemning the visitors to another setback in their European football quest.
It proved to be the first time since October that the home side won back-to-back games on home soil, a record which has seen them struggle to move up the table beyond 10th position.
The visitors arrived in poor form, having slipped out of the top four and away from the likes of Getafe and Valencia, who are battling it out for fourth place.
In truth it was a fairly even game with both sides controlling an even share of the ball, but it proved to be the visitors who opened the scoring when Adria Pedrosa netted on the 19th minute mark.
In fairness to Alaves, they did attempt to get back in the game but their hopes of doing that seemed further hard to do when Victor Laguardia put the ball into his own net and gave the home side a 2-0 lead.
Jonathan Calleri did give Abelardo’s side hope with 30 minutes to play but they failed to really test Espanyol from that moment on and the game fizzled out in favour of the hosts.
The win means that Espanyol move to tenth, although that could change as Sunday’s results come in, whilst Alaves – drop to seventh.