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Late header from Diop gives Eibar 2-1 win over Alaves

IANS  |  Eibar (Spain) 

A stoppage-time header from gave Eibar a late 2-1 win over Alaves in the derby on Sunday, earning its first victory in four games.

Video referee (VAR) gave Alaves an early lead, reversing the decision on the field and awarding a goal for Manu Garcia's header just three minutes into the match, reports news.

The quick goal came despite Jose Luis Mendilibar's decision to line up only one striker and three midfielders, apparently to avoid the defensive errors that had proved costly in recent matches.

Surprisingly, Alaves' starting lineup did not Fernando Pacheco Flores, replaced by of

VAR stepped in once again in the 22nd minute, when a penalty call by referee was overturned as it apparently showed that the foul committed by Alaves defender was outside the box, but the Spanish was sent off for preventing a promising attacking chance.

Outnumbered, Alaves brought on right back to replace Spanish striker Borja Baston, and managed to keep their 1-0 lead when the first half ended.

In the 68th minute, Pablo equalized on Joan Jordan's right-footed shot from outside the box, with an assist from left back

Apparently seizing the game's momentum, Eibar managed to pull off the win in the first minute of stoppage time thanks to Diop's close-range header.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 21:56 IST
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