REPORT. Eibar continue their positive streak after salvaging a last-gasp point (2-2)
Eibar continue their positive streak in the league after rescuing a point in the last breath of the match played in Cornellá against Espanyol (2-2).
Joseba Etxeberria's side have now gone nine league games and one cup game without defeat. Eibar's last defeat came on matchday 5 against Burgos. Since then they have won nine and drawn one.
The Armeros started the game very well, with clear ideas and with the firm intention of pressing in midfield, keeping the lines very close together, and hoping to surprise their opponents on the counter.
Jon Bautista issued a warning shot in the 3rd minute with a left-footed shot that was saved by Pacheco. In the 6th minute, Bautista, who today was named by La Liga as the best player of October in the division, proved his form and scored with his left foot, after cutting back inside his marker, taking advantage of an assist from Aketxe.
Bautista came close to scoring a second goal in the 35th minute from Stoichkov's pass, but it was disallowed by the VAR for a narrow offside.
Luca brought out his reflexes in the 42nd minute to prevent the equalizer and in stoppage time Espanyol's goal did come, with Puado on target.
Before the end of the first half, Stoichkov appeared to have been brought down inside the area, but neither the referee nor the VAR deemed there to have been a foul.
In the second half, Espanyol took the lead in the 55th minute thanks to a penalty converted by Puado.
From that point onwards, Eibar took control of the game in search of an equalizer and created numerous chances in the opposition's box. Without losing faith until the final whistle, the equalizer came in the 98th minute. A free kick from the left was headed in by Sergio Álvarez, and the ball, after hitting the post, was put into his own net by Puado.
The Eibar, players, staff and the travelling fans were sent into raptures after snatching a draw that was as hard-fought and agonizing as it was well-deserved.