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Fine Gálvez goal hands Eibar the spoils

Faithful to their trademark style of play, the Armeros' winner came after they regained possession and broke down the wing

A fine glancing header from Alejandro Gálvez, following a move that was very much in keeping with Eibar's favoured brand of football, saw the Armeros prevail over Leganés on a night when the rain threatened to steal the headlines.

The home side dominated for large spells, but the defensive organisation of a well-drilled Leganés side served to nullify Eibar's attempts to make any inroad into the visitors' box.  

José Luis Mendilibar's charges enjoyed some good spells, but lacked the cutting edge to really worry the Madrilenian outfit.

Throughout all of the opening period, both goalkeepers were only rarely called into action, with the extent of their work involving having to palm away or gather in any efforts which never really looked like troubling the scoreboard.

The game was very much locked in a stalemate and a moment of inspiration was called for to tip the balance in either side's favour.

The man to provide that spark was Gálvez, who halted a Leganés counter-attack as he nipped in to steal possession on halfway, before driving forward and pushing the ball out wide to Takashi Inui. The centre-back continued his run, bursting into the area to glance the Japanese international's inch-perfect cross from the left into the back of the net.

There were now 53 minutes on the clock and Gálvez had claimed his maiden goal for the club, which would ultimately be enough to see Eibar take maximum points. 

Leganés poured forward in attack, but the game really dragged for the visitors and they rarely threatened Marko Dmitrović's goal.

The moments of anxiety in the final stages, which owed more to Eibar's slender lead than any great threat posed by Leganés, gave way to scenes of delight amongst the home players and supporters as they toasted the team's first win of the season at Ipurua.