Eibar secured a big win at home to Valencia on Thursday night and pulled six points clear from the relegation zone of La Liga. Geoffrey Kondogbia’s shot settled the game in the 17th minute — the central midfielder accidentally fired past Jasper Cillessen following a tactical mix-up from an Eibar corner.
Perhaps Valencia only stayed in the game because of the performance of Dutch goalkeeper Cillessen, which yielded great saves from Jose Angel’s free-kick and also a brilliant save to prevent Sergi Enrich’s header from doubling the Eibar advantage.
The Basque club was on top of almost all of the game – Valencia had the lion’s share of possession but the hosts producing all the big opportunities and seven of the eight-goal efforts in the game came from Jose Mendilibar ‘s side.
Valencia remains eighth in the standings and with just seven matches remaining as their Champions League aspirations appear to evaporate, they ‘re now seven points behind fourth-placed Sevilla.
Eibar remains 17th, but six points are crucially ahead of Mallorca (26), while Leganes (25) and Espanyol (24 – although on Thursday night they meet Real Betis) continue to languish.