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Alaves 1-2 Eibar: Eibar win increases pressure on Alaves

Eibar picked up an important three points on Saturday as they beat fellow strugglers and Basque rivals, Alaves, 2-1 at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.

Eibar took a first half lead through Joan Jordan and Charles doubled their advantage midway through the second half after Alaves had been reduced to ten men when Christian Santos was dismissed.

Charles was sent off late on and Burgui scored for the hosts in injury time but it was too little too late and Eibar managed to hold on for the three points which saw them go eight points clear of Alaves.

The early stages of the game were quite scrappy with chances in short supply but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute.

Ivan Alejo played a speculative ball into the box from the right which Alaves could only clear as far as Takashi Inui. Inui mishit his volley but was able to follow it up with a shot that was blocked by Manu Garcia but unfortunately for Alaves the ball fell to Jordan at the edge of the box and he fired a first time shot past Fernando Pacheco in the home goal.

Just before half time Alaves suffered a further blow when Santos was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Santos attempted an overhead kick but his foot ended up connecting with Anaitz Arbilla’s head as he made the defensive clearance. It was unfortunate for Santos but by the laws of the game the referee had little choice but to show him a second yellow.

In the 69th minute the game was put beyond Alaves when Eibar grabbed a second goal. The ball was played out to the right where Ivan Alejo was able to get to the byline before picking out an unmarked Charles in the six yard box and the strikers header found the net to put the visitors on the cusp of a second successive victory.

However, Eibar didn’t get it all their own way and suffered a blow when Charles was sent off after tangling with Garcia as he chased down a ball into the Alaves box. Charles looked to grab Garcia from behind and also appeared to kick out at his opponent and the referee felt it warranted a red card.

That sparked Alaves into life and they got a goal back in stoppage time when Burgui picked up the ball in attack before cutting onto his right foot and striking a low shot into the corner but it counted for nothing as Alaves were unable to fashion another chance and Eibar hang on for an important away win.

Alaves now find themselves joint bottom with Las Palmas on six points while Eibar are in 14th place, seven points ahead of Malaga who occupy the last relegation place.

Next up for Alaves is a trip to Catalunya where they will take on Girona. It is also Catalan opposition next for Eibar as they host Espanyol in a game where they will be looking to pick up a third successive victory.

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