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Eibar 3-1 Espanyol: Three and easy for Eibar

Eibar won their third La Liga game on the spin as they brushed aside Espanyol at the Ipurua to climb to 13th in La Liga.

Their last two games in the league had seen them score seven goals and pick up six points against Real Betis and Alaves.

They made one change from the side that defeated Basque neighbours Alaves in Vitoria last week, Kike Garcia coming in to replace the suspended Charles up front.

Espanyol went with the same side that defeated Getafe 1-0 on Monday night but were forced into a change after just six minutes, Sergio Garcia pulling up with a muscle injury and being replaced by Leo Baptistao.

Just three minutes later and things got worse for the visitors as Eibar took the lead.

Pau Lopez did well to tip Anaitz Arbilla’s free kick onto the bar but Kike was on hand to knock the rebound into the back of the net.

The game had a good tempo to it early on as both sides went looking for goals but it was the hosts who added a second seven minutes before the interval.

It was a fantastic goal as well as Sergi Enrich slipped the ball through to Ivan Alejo who fired home his first goal of the season, hitting a wonderful first time shot beyond Lopez and into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Things got better for the hosts and the majority of the 4693 spectators in the ground in the 69th minute when Los Armeros were awarded a penalty.

There were lots of complaints from the Espanyol defenders when Sergi Enrich went down under the high boot of David Lopez despite him not seeming to make much contact.

Anywhere else on the pitch and it would be a freekick for dangerous play however and referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco took that into account as he pointed to the spot. Ex-Espanyol man Joan Jordan slotted home the penalty.

Ten minutes later and Espanyol managed to get one back or rather, Eibar did for them, as Enrich headed Esteban Granero’s free kick beyond his own goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

However, Los Pericos weren’t able to get anything else to show for their efforts and Eibar picked up yet another three points.

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