Gunpowder was lacking and rhythm was lacking. Espanyol accused the holidays in a match to start the set-up against Las Palmas who took advantage of the only clear chance of the match to take the clash. His goal was scored by a former Barça player, Mujica, in a defensive oversight typical of the preseason.
Without new faces, against a rival who was an opponent in the second hell of last season and without news. Espanyol, without new faces, with last year’s block, debuted with a first half to load legs, to reactivate the body after weeks of inactivity. The Canarian team that had the first chance of the game started better at 20 minutes. It was Lemos who forced Oier to make the first stop of the season.
It served as a wake-up call to Espanyol, which accelerated the pace and began to poke its head out of offensive territory. Embarba put a great ball to him for the shot of a Dídac that touched the first goal of the game. Also De Tomás on the edge of the break that could leave Espanyol with an advantage before the break.
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The fresh legs of the second half did not jump in the rhythm of the match and the two teams continued with their more gray version. Something more than normal at this point in the preseason. Just one shot that came close to the goal of Diego López and no offensive production by the Blue and Whites.
Then came the defensive mess that cost a game that had the scoreboard written. A 0-0 book. But a bounced ball, into space, from Ariday left Mujica alone against Diego López and did not forgive. He lowered it with his head and released a flat whip of the book to put the 0-1 ten minutes from the end.
It was then that Espanyol had their best minutes but the gunpowder was not out of hand. First the assistant invalidated a play where Wu Lei was left alone in front of the goal of the Canarian team. Justito. But immediately afterwards the Chinese striker stood inside the area alone but the goalkeeper denied him a goal that has to be scored yes or yes.
The best news, this is only beginning. Everyone loves to start winning but the important thing in the preseason is far from the results. Next stop, Rayo Vallecano.