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Success at Riazor once again proves elusive for Eibar

A penalty that should never have been given in the first half and an inconsistent second half led to the defeat

Riazor once again proved to be a ground where success is elusive for Eibar, who lost 2-0 in a game they played against Depor on equal terms until the referee pointed to the penalty spot in minute 41 for an alleged foul by Asier Riesgo, who clearly touched the ball before colliding with a local forward. Lucas Pérez converted the penalty.

Eibar had been a match for Depor during the first half and had dominated at times, but lacked the depth to create danger in the rival’s goalmouth.

After replacing Saúl with Inui in minute 22 (the Asturian player came to the game with neck problems, although José Luis Mendilibar said the change was tactical) and the injury to Luna in minute 44, who suffered a muscle cramp, the armero's manager was left with few options to change the course of the game in the second half.

The good first half, however, gave hope for better in the second, but Eibar was out of sorts and Depor played better.

Not even the sending off of Luisinho in minute 68 led to the domination of the armeros. On the contrary, the Galicians continued to control the match without serious problems and increased their lead after 73 minutes thanks to Arribas, who headed home a cross following a short corner.

Unable to find any response, Eibar ended the match in disappointing style and without showing the intensity to which we have become accustomed.

After the game, the Eibar squad began a holiday break that will last until 26 December, when they will return to training at the Ipurua stadium in the afternoon.