Added to Darder’s clairvoyance was the scoring power of Raúl de Tomás. Espanyol didn’t need anything else to beat Mallorca at the RCDE Stadium. In a duel that was expected to be rough, due to the anger that had been created between the two teams, but above all due to their needs in the League, Mallorca collided with Oier’s hands and won against Espanyol’s new partnership: Darder He has already given four assists to RDT. The blue and white duo makes Vicente Moreno breathe and leaves Luis García Plaza on the wire. Mallorca accumulated its sixth consecutive defeat in Cornellà.
Diego López (Oier, min. 45), Cabrera, Óscar Gil, Calero, Adrià Pedrosa, Yangel Herrera, Keidi (Manu Morlanes, min. 54), Darder, Tonny Vilhena (Aleix Vidal, min. 53), Embarba (Melamed, min. 70) and De Tomás (Loren Morón, min. 85)
Sergio Rico, Giovanni González (Fernando Niño, min. 89), Raíllo, Valjent, Jaume Costa, Antonio Sánchez (Save Sevilla, min. 59), Iddrisu Baba (Javi Llabrés, min. 81), Lee Kang-In (Take Kubo , min. 59), Dani, Ángel (Abdón Prats, min. 45) and Muriqi
goals 1-0 min. 41: From Thomas.
Referee Alexander Muniz Ruiz
Yellow cards Jaume Costa (min. 9), Keidi (min. 22), Muriqi (min. 36), Raíllo (min. 61), Manu Morlanes (min. 80) and Aleix Vidal (min. 80)
The rivalry between Espanyol and Mallorca has been strengthened in recent campaigns, first they challenged each other in the fight for relegation (2019-2020), then in the fight for promotion (2020-2021) and now for the zone of the tranquillity. This time, after two consecutive defeats against the Balearic team (in the first round and in the Copa del Rey, both in Son Moix), the Blue and Whites stayed with the duel and are already close to salvation after reaching 36 points in the League . Mallorca, on the other hand, still has work to do, with 26 points, two more than Cádiz, who play this afternoon against Villarreal.
More ambitious, Mallorca tried to stand on the blue and white field. He lacked, however, speed in the circulation of the ball. A slow rhythm that favored resistance, essentially Espanyol’s cunning to recover the ball and launch counterattacks. And for that, the Blue and Whites have two specialists: Darder in the pass and Raúl de Tomás in the definition. The midfielder added the eighth assist of the season for RDT to become the top Spanish scorer in the League (14). Confidence inflator for the striker, who next Saturday will form part of the Roja squad that will face Albania at the RDCE Stadium.
Mallorca accelerated after Raúl de Tomás’ goal. And he got even closer to Oier Olazábal’s area (he replaced the injured Diego López at half-time). But Espanyol did not change its strategy. In fact, RDT went back to stand face to face against Sergio Rico. On this occasion the goalkeeper of the vermilion team showed off, as did Oier with an imposing slap to reject Muriqi’s header. The lack of continuity did not weigh on the substitute of Espanyol. Quite the contrary. The Catalan goalkeeper showered the blue and white area with calm, just at the moment when Mallorca pressed the hardest. Oier completed the work that Raúl de Tomás and Darder had begun to build and Espanyol began to seal permanence.
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