Darder’s head in the 96th minute is the metaphor for the idyll that Spanyol has kept with Europe since he last lost, 26 games ago. He was going to lose his undefeated universal record, the Ferencvaros had enjoyed two penalties, but tied ‘in extremis’ in pass from an almost unprecedented pipe this season but which became an incredible left winger. Espanyol secures first place. What LaLiga takes away, Europe gives it.
He surprised as unusual, in a lineup with ten Spaniards, the substitution of Bernardo, first in the Machín era, almost as much as the first time of Ferencvaros, two minutes later, when Boli overtook Calero and forced Diego López, in the style of 0-1 of the Getafe on Sunday. The other absent from the Hungarians in the clash of Cornell, Varga, retested the goalkeeper from the front, at six minutes. The locals won the award for their bright start with the Siger’s goal, more astute than all the perica lag to a ball that hit the stick in a lateral foul, another of the ‘must’ of this Espanyol.
As in the 1-1 of Cornell, it was his turn to row the blue-whites, who soon found the matchiness in a genius of Pipa, in his debut in the group stage and on a changed leg, by drawing a pipe and even a bicycle, overcoming three rivals, and giving in to Melendo, to score with the help of a local zaguero. He played his best minutes in Espanyol until the resumption, in which Siger prowled the second.
Crouching In Espanyol, Machín turned to Moha, on his professional football debut, to stretch. Within seconds, Campuzano and Dídac made Dibusz go from spectator to hero.
As it was a quarter of an hour from the end Diego Lopez, by guessing Isael was told to throw Calero’s rigorous penalty over Boli. Clearer was the maximum penalty committed by Iturraspe on the Brazilian, who this time executed successfully Skvarka. But Espanyol is another in this tournament, from dwarf to giant, and Darder emerged in the last breath to restore happiness in Europe.
Machín: “The tie was an important high”
The match: “We’ve been fine in the first part. We’re gone with the score exactly matched. We haven’t had overly clear occasions, but we weren’t suffering too much either. At the beginning of the second half they got into better and you could tell they needed the win. The first penalty has been very strange. The tiredness of our players has been noticed. A 12 for our hobby that has been noticed. Thanks to those 500 0 600 displaced fans”.
The draw and the joy at the end: “The joys, as they say, in the poor man’s house don’t last long, but let’s celebrate it with our people. This group is also in need of these moments of communion. In an unfair way it looked like we were going to lose it and the tie was a big big subid. The fact that Espanyol is in the next phase is meritorious enough for it to be celebrated. But we have to v smell reality, think of the League. The group keeps proving that they want, everything they bring. It’s key to growing in self-esteem and in the game, which is what will give us wins and points.”
Pipe: “He’s on the first roster, he’s training frankly well. Last week I had doubts about whether to put him in the eleventh or not. When people are in good dynamics, if they are in good dynamics, they take advantage. It has a huge advantage which is that it can come out through both profiles. The last goal gave an excellent pass, it will make her take confidence. He is a player that we already had and with the morals that he will have taken for the good match will give us better performance when he touches him either in League or in Europe.”
The reaction: “We all like to suffer as little as possible, but I’ve already experienced this. Experience tells me it’s not easy. Winning or taking points in Europe is not done without suffering. All footballers and teams grow when they play against blocks of the Spanish League. It’s hard to compete, and we’re not too much. I have to give the courage of the fact that before the last day of Europa League we are already ranked. We need to get in our stadium in League, that’s the reality.”
Defense: “It is obvious and obvious that we would all like to be more forceful in all actions. We have to improve, but also the means and forwards when it comes to finishing clear actions. But the difficulty is there. It’s not about making excuses, but it was hard to stand on the pitch because of how soft it was. At some stage we sin of being a little soft, knowing that I want to be very picky with the players.”
Rebrov: “We deserved to win”
“A lot has happened, it was a very complicated match. I’m proud of my players. We created a lot of opportunities, we would have deserved to win, but we couldn’t. The footballers were aware of the importance of the match and were seen on the pitch. We play two games a week and a lot of players aren’t used to this rhythm. They gave it and we should be happy about what Ferencvaros is doing in League and in Europe. Isael missed a penalty, but he missed another. It’s hard to assess who throws the penalties because everyone who throws them can fail. In the last game we will play everything and it is important for the club and all of Hungary. We haven’t been to Europe in 15 years and we’ll have to take advantage. We have to go and win.”
Zubkov (60′, Roland Varga), Moha (68′, Barn), Jonathan Calleri (80′, Oscar Melendo), Signevich (82′, Franck Boli), Skvarka (85′, Dávid Sigér), Darder (87′, Campuzano)
1-0, 22′: Dávid Sigér, 1-1, 30′: Oscar Melendo, 2-1, 90′: Skvarka, 2-2, 95′: Darder
Referee: Tiago Martins
Eldar Civc (11′,Yellow) Franck Boli (24′,Yellow) Abraham Frimpong (34′,Yellow) Lluis Lopez (41′,Yellow) Dídac (75′,Yellow) Calero (75′,Yellow) Moha (77′,Yellow) Iturraspe (89′,Yellow) Eldar Civc (93′,Red