Joselu and Lucas are the best couple of Spanish gunners

first_imgLast summer Deportivo Alavés announced the arrival of two strikers with a great reputation in European football. They were Lucas Pérez (A Coruña, 09/10/1988) and Joselu Mato (Stuttgart, 03/27/1990), who arrived from West Ham United and Newcastle respectively. Two gunners who came from trying their luck in a Premier League who, unfortunately, had not repeated the taste of their goals so regularly as other leagues of the old continent had done. The ‘7’ Coruña scored an unprecedented personal record in the League: 7 consecutive days scoring, something that only he has achieved with the shirt of two different teams in Coruña and Vitoria. A vertiginous figures from which a Joselu has not taken off, who with the goal of last Sunday at Sánchez-Pizjuán shares the figure of top national scorer of LaLiga Santander together with Roger (Levante UD) and Ángel (Getafe CF).The 9 and 8 goals of Joselu and Lucas place them as the Spanish couple that makes the most goals in the league championship. Of the 23 goals that the Vitorian team has achieved, 17 have carried the seal of one of the two. Some figures that approach, but do not exceed, the 16 goals scored by Gerard Moreno and Santi Cazorla, of Villarreal CF. This Friday, before SD Eibar, Deportivo Alavés faces a very important clash facing the goal of permanence. Joselu already knows what it is to score a goal to the armorer team, and that is that ‘9’ was the author of the two goals that marked the first home victory of the course in the Basque feud. Lucas could not travel to Seville last weekend because of discomfort in the pubis but today he has trained with the group normally. His seemed to be a fierce battle to take the position of striker of a babazorra squad who wanted to forget the Calleri and Borja Bastón last year, and the first to hit was a Joselu Mato who scored his first two championship goals in the matches against Levante UD and Getafe CF. A drought scorer of Asier Garitano during the 4,5 and 6 days made fear that the goal albiazul lost his reference, but soon Lucas Pérez joined the cause.last_img read more

Real lose to Eibar, day after Ramos hit by anti-doping allegations

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Marcelo could not stop Eibar© AFP ANDER GILLENEAEIBAR, Spain, Nov 25 – Santiago Solari proved the perfect caretaker but his debut as permanent coach of Real Madrid on Saturday ended in a disastrous 3-0 defeat at Eibar. Four wins while in temporary charge earned Solari a contract until 2021 over the international break, only for Real to revert to the kind of chaotic display that cost his predecessor, Julen Lopetegui, his job. The defeat also brought into focus the mindset of Madrid’s players, after their captain Sergio Ramos faced allegations of an anti-doping violation on Friday night from German magazine Der Spiegel. The club denied any breach.Eibar were stronger, more aggressive and, worryingly for Solari, appeared clearer about the plan they wanted to carry out. Marc Cucurella, brilliant down the left, teed up all three goals, scored by Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike Garcia.Real’s loss halts their revival under Solari and cost them a golden opportunity to make up ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, before the pair face each other at the Wanda Metropolitano later on Saturday.Eibar shoot up to seventh, a reward for their first ever victory over Real Madrid at the 11th attempt.Ramos was not noticeably below par at Ipurua, but perhaps allegations that he failed to list the correct medication after the Champions League final in 2017, proved enough of a distraction for his teammates.Solari, meanwhile, must now reset his team ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Roma, which is likely to decide the winner of Group G.Real started well enough and Gareth Bale looked in the mood when he swivelled and sent a stunning shot into the top corner from 25 yards, only to be ruled offside.Karim Benzema went close, his finish cleared off the line by Jose Cote, but after surviving the early pressure, Eibar grew in confidence.Kike made the woodwork shake with a drive from 25 yards, with replays showing the dipping shot had been diverted by an excellent finger-tip save from Thibaut Courtois.Madrid’s goalkeeper came to their rescue again in the 16th minute, denying Enrich from Cucurella’s cross, but this time Escalante was on hand to bundle in the rebound ahead of the stumbling Dani Ceballos.Referee Juan Martinez consulted the video assistant referee but the delay only earned a repeat of home fans’ cheers.Bale’s free-kick was pushed wide and then he was booked for dissent as Madrid looked to be running out of ideas. Solari gave his first half-time team talk with his team behind, but their situation deteriorated in the second half.Toni Kroos’ misjudged and misdirected crossfield pass exposed  the unfortunate recipient Alvaro Odriozola. Cucurella pounced, pushing Odriozola off the ball and delivering for Enrich to score.Odriozola was forced off injuredFive minutes later it was three, this time Raphael Varane was at fault, allowing Kike to nip in and convert another whipped Cucurella cross.Madrid had more than half an hour to respond but it was Eibar who looked more likely. Fabian Orellana nutmegged Ceballos and drew a smart save from Courtois, before Charles Dias flicked an audacious volley, again blocked by the Belgian. By the end, Madrid were thankful it was only three.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more