Las Palmas make a splash in the Basque Country
The Canary Islanders took the spoils in a rain-soaked Ipurúa to climb three points closer to safety. Sevilla are now the only side left in La Liga without an away win.
Week 26 of La Primera got off to a slippery start as the Spanish top flight’s seventh and 18th placed sides locked horns in Eibar’s rain-soaked ground. The wet weather tore up the form book as it was the Las Palmas’ player who left the drenched Ipurua pitch the happier of the two sides after recording their first away win of the season.
The Canary Islanders dealt with the wet conditions better than their hosts in a first half replete with chances for the visitors. Wakaso terrorised the Basque backline on a number of occasions and if not for their off target shooting and a fine performance from Riesgo between the sticks, Las Palmas could have put the game to bed before the break. As it was, Pedro Bigas got the only goal of the first 45 minutes, popping up on the stroke of half time with a textbook defender’s header to make it 0-1.
Setien’s mens’ energy dropped off somewhat after the restart, but what they lacked in attacking prowess they made up for in intelligent defending. Eibar huffed and puffed as they tried to find an equaliser but despite the Basques’ best efforts Javi Varas never looked in real danger of conceding.