Leganes win Valencia and stay alive; Eibar avoids the drop-zone

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Leganes remained in La Liga to fight another day, celebrating their luck in a 1-0 home win to Valencia on Sunday after playing for most of the second half with 10 players and seeing their rivals squander a penalty.

Midfielder Ruben Perez put the Madrid minnows upfront in the 18th minute from the penalty line, scoring his first goal since 2013. But his side suffered a setback when the 54th saw a straight red card on Jonathan Silva.

after a handball by Leganes’ Rodrigo Tarin, Valencia scored a penalty shortly, but captain Dani Parejo ‘s spot-kick was pushed away by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and Leganes somehow clung to secure their first home victory since February.

The defeat was supposed to have condemned Leganes to relegation although they were seen falling to 18th place in the table with two games left, three points behind 17th-placed Alaves with a game in hand. Valencia is eighth, with 50 points.

In comparison, by beating relegated Espanyol 2-0 away from home, Eibar has effectively retained its top-flight spot elsewhere. Edu Exposito scored both goals in four matches to hand Eibar their first victory, gaining them the advantage in the 25th minute by scoring a penalty.

Shortly after, the visitors got a second penalty, and Exposito’s shot saved by Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez. The attacker pounced on the rebound in the 36th however to double the advantage on his stick.

The win put Eibar in the standings on 39 points to 15th. They will be assured survival if Real Mallorca loses in fourth-placed Sevilla later on Sunday, still in the 32-point relegation zone.

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