Espanyol keeps Eibar on brink of relegation zone in Spain
EIBAR, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia and Christian Stuani scored to give Espanyol a 2-0 win at Eibar on Friday, dealing the Basque hosts a blow in their attempt to stay in Spain’s topflight a second season.
Espanyol provisionally rose into seventh place as it tries to secure a Europa League berth, while promoted Eibar was left one point above the relegation zone before the rest of the round’s matches.
Espanyol coach Sergio Gonzalez changed his usual lineup and aligned Garcia, Stuani and Felipe Caicedo together. The decision paid off with all three strikers contributing to both goals.
Garcia netted from a tight angle after both strike partners had gone close in the 29th.
Stuani then stabbed in Espanyol’s second in the 60th after Garcia crossed for Caicedo.