Quique Sanchez Flores side recorded their first La Liga win of the campagin thanks to a 2-1 win over Celta de Vigo last night
The hosts got off to a quick start with Gerard Moreno putting Espanyol 1-0 just before the 10 minute mark. Juan Carlos Unzue has had a rocky start at his new club.
The visitors have lost three of their opening four games. Espanyol looked in control and intensity was clearly lacking in their Galician’s foes. Cabral caught in possession, Espanyol broke through Moreno, who set up Piatti for the second of the night. It was the seventh goal that Celta have conceded so far this campaign and they went in at half time with plenty of possession and very little to show for it
With their manager’s words ringing in their ears, Celta started the second half much improved as they searched for a goal to get back into the game. It was Espanyol, however, who looked the more likely to score. A cross from Victor Sanchez nearly trickled into the back of the net after some good Espanyol pressure.
The introduction of Pablo Hernandez was a turning point in this tie, starting with a set piece which Cabral nearly scored from, Celta pressed Espanyol into their own box and eventually found a lifeline through the strike of Pione Sisto.
The ball having been worked out wide was laid off to Sisto on the edge of D who struck it through the keeper’s hands and into the back of the net.
Pau Lopez will feel that he cost his side a clean sheet, but his defense ensured that Espanyol won their first game of the La Liga season and their first win at home in four.
Unzue will be encouraged by his side second half performance but its quite clear that there is a lot of work to be done at Balaidos.