Alavés will play against Levante in the final for promotion to the First Division. He beat Eibar with a goal at the beginning of Rebbach and another at the end of Villalibre, which gave him the opportunity to play the place that remains for glory. The Gipuzkoans, on the other hand, failed again, as the previous season, their attempt to touch the sky. Like a year ago, they touched it with their fingertips and sank in the last bars. This time it hasn't been so cruel, though. Its decline in the final phase has been evident.
Sivera, Abdel Abqar (Laguardia, min. 78), Rubén Duarte, Nahuel Tenaglia (Anderson Arroyo, min. 72), Sedlar, Luis Rioja, Guridi (Carlos Benavídez, min. 78), Abderrahman Rebbach, Antonio Blanco, Salva Sevilla (Toni Moya, min. 38) and Mamadou (Villalibre, min. 72)
Luca Zidane, Rober (Peru Nolaskoain, min. 69), Chema, Juan Berrocal, Tejero, Quique (José Corpas, min. 56), Javi Muñoz (Aketxe, min. 45), Matheus Pereira, Yanis Rahmani (Jon Bautista, min. 45), Sergio Álvarez (Gustavo Blanco, min. 79) and Stoichkov
Goals 1-0 min. 1: Abderrahman Rebbach. 2-0 min. 88: Villalibre.
Arbitrator Adrian Cordero Vega
Garitano's score was changed before the first minute. He had 90 more extra time to wear down Alavés with his particular Bolero de Ravel, that ostinato in crescendo waiting for any out-of-tune note from the locals to collapse the Vitorian orchestra, but the plans had to be modified, because he had not yet moved the baton and the albiazules had already put themselves ahead. It was a masterful move by García Plaza, who ordered Luis Rioja that, in the first play, instead of looking for the opposing area on the left, as usual, he did it on the right. The bewilderment of the Eibar defenders, who did not know how to stop the local winger, became a couple of dribbles, one for the right, another for the left, which opened enough space to center with the left and put it on the head of Rebbach, who from close up beat Luca Zidane.
Everything changed from that moment, and almost until the end. If Eibar had no interest in taking the initiative but in waiting for Alavés' mistake, before the first minute, they had to change their plans. Alavés gave him the ball and let him drown on the shore every time he reached his area. The gunsmith team tried with shots from outside the area. The best was Correa, who shot hard, but Sivera responded by putting his arms in. Alavés held up well until the break, knowing that Garitano would have to modify the pieces to try to turn the game around.
That's how it was. He put Aketxe and Jon Bautista on the field, to form a team with marked offensive eagerness, and pushed Alavés to defend near the area. Stoichkov had the best chance to equalize, but at first, Sivera deflected his hard shot, and the second two defenders put their foot to avoid greater evils.
With the referee, Cordero Vega, cutting the rhythm more than the Alavés players, who were the beneficiaries, Eibar again had another chance that ended with a high shot, but then it was Alavés, playing against with intelligence, who had the most diaphanous. Asier Villalibre had gone out to the field, cheered like a demigod, and immediately showed the reason for that reception, when he received in midfield, fought with the center, and put a delicious ball to Abde, who only before Luca, shot high. But it was again Villalibre who ended the concern of the stands, in the 88th minute, when he received on the left, sneaked between the defenders, and crossed in front of the Eibar goalkeeper to sentence the tie. Vitoria vibrates with the possibility of promotion, but Levante is there.
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