Embarba (2) and RDT seal a comfortable victory in Malaga, in a match that Espanyol controlled from start to finish
This summer, in the team's pre-season stage in Marbella, we saw the first of the Malaga vs Espanyol games scheduled for this season. That game surely could have served to give both coaches a sense of what might happen tonight. That day was a rehearsal for both of them. Despite the Catalans' clear and comfortable victory that afternoon, Vicente Moreno is clear that the team they faced at the beginning of September is not the same one they are now: strong and dominant on the field, and with a game that was at times spectacular and organised. For this reason, Espanyol wanted to dominate from the start, and avoid any shocks.
Not 30 seconds had passed before the first blue and whites arrival, but Juande, very vigilant, blocked RDT's shot after an assist from Embarba. The winger, however, went on to open the scoring a few minutes later. Puado assisted him in a swift counter-shot, and he shot from outside the area with an unarguable shot.
With the advantage, the Catalans administered the time and began to command the game. Puado topped off a pass from Miguelon and RDT saw his goal disallowed due to being offside around half an hour in. The final minutes of the first half were an Espanyol monologue. Dani Barrio thwarted two consecutive shots by Melendo and RDT, and shortly after did the same again with a header from David Lopez.
Espanyol was determined not to miss any more chances in the second half, and achieved this very quickly. RDT created space for his 'partner' Embarba to assist him, as both have done countless times throughout their professional careers. A headed goal from the striker, and five minutes later, the reverse: RDT assist and goal by Embarba. With that, the game's uncertainty ended.
The advantage was so clear that, despite the home team's push to get close to Diego Lopez's goal, they never got a clear opportunity. Espanyol, on the other hand, continued to prowl Dani Barrio's goal hoping to increase their advantage, but the scoreboard would remain as it was.