RCD Espanyol secured another solid 2-0 win at home against AD Alcorcón on Sunday.
A second home game at the Stage Front Stadium in eight days was a welcome sight for fans and players alike, as Luis Miguel Ramis’ side looked to keep rising up the table. Espanyol were straight at it and almost scored on the opening minute mark, but Martin Braithwaite’s header from close range flashed wide of the target.
The hosts were dominating and throwing everything at the Alcorcón defence to breach them and get on the scoreboard. Braithwaite came close on a few occasions with plenty of balls coming into the box, but to their credit the visitors were defending well to keep the Mágico at bay.
Alcorcón’s Emmanuel Addai was through on goal in their first sniff at goal, though his effort was firmly snuffed by Omar El Hilali. Edu Expósito then tested goalkeeper Jesús Ruiz from range with a driven long shot, but the keeper met it with a strong hand.
With the clock ticking, Espanyol broke the deadlock in additional time: Expósito sent a searching cross into the box and, with a bit of good fortune, Pere Milla’s header found the back of the net for a deserved goal for the Mágico. They got some more luck when Pedro Mosquera’s goal was disallowed for offside, as the hosts led at half-time.
Alcorcón had ended the half with the aim of drawing level and began the second period in the same manner. Dyego Sousa broke through and aimed for the bottom corner, but was met by Fernando Pacheco with a top save.
Espanyol would catch them on the break with Álvaro Aguado and Jofre Carreras combining nicely, and Carreras tapped it in from close range to extend their lead. Alcorcón’s chance of getting something was quickly dwelled when substitute Victor García was shown two yellow cards and sent off, all inside 15 minutes of coming on.
As the game wound down, Espanyol saw out another comprehensive victory at the Temple, by the same scoreline as last weekend too. Consecutive home wins and up to third marks a solid week going into the final month of 2023.