Although starting the season with a victory doesn’t mean much, three points always come in handy to face the start of the competition with extra motivation. That is what Deportivo Alavés achieved this Saturday in Butarque, where they beat Leganés 1-2, thanks to a goal from Miguel De la Fuente and another from Mamadou Sylla; and, in addition, he learned the valuable lesson that the matches end when the referee blows the final whistle. Above all, in the Second Division, the category in which anyone can give a scare. True to the idea shown throughout the preseason, Luis García proposed a 4-2-3-1 scheme, ready for his team to take the lead in midfield, but with two big surprises among those chosen to start. Both, moreover, in the defensive line, where the homegrown players Abqar and Javi López formed together with Sedlar and Arroyo to protect Sivera’s goal. Ahead, Benavídez, Salva Sevilla and Guridi starred in the engine room; Alkain and Rioja occupied the bands; and Miguel was the spearhead. As expected, taking into account the usual lack of freshness at this time –and also the difficulty of the silver category–, equality was the majority on the Butarque pitch. Alavés and Leganés shared possession throughout the first half and, as always, it was the most effective, in this case the babazorro team, who managed to get ahead in the electronics and thus go to the locker room with the certainty of having done a good job. The latter happened in the 20th minute of the match, when Salva Sevilla, in his first show of differential talent of the course, leaked a ball to the band so that Javi López could hang it at the far post and, after a faulty clearance by Nyom, Miguel beat at will to Dani Jíménez (0-1). A target, it is worth mentioning, very important for the Valladolid attacker, because, given the possible arrival of a starting striker in the coming weeks, there is no better way to gain Luis García’s trust than with goals. Previously, yes, both teams had the opportunity to get ahead. Glorioso tried it first through Alkain, who was met by the intervention of the local goalkeeper after a nice cut, and then the aforementioned Nyom wasted a great strategic action executed by Rubén Pardo at the penalty spot. This, in midfield, and striker Arnaiz were the two pepineros who most tried to surprise, although with little luck, behind Gasteiz, whose performance was up to par. After passing through the changing rooms, the albiazules focused on defensive rigor and, consequently, the leading role was more for Leganés. Something that, at first, did not worry Alavés too much, because he knew how to give up the baton without this decision bringing him trouble, but which began to be a problem when the pepineros began to loiter too much in their area until they tied the match by Naim’s midfielder, who surprised with a shot from the edge of the box that hit Salva before beating Sivera (1-1). Fortunately, the lethargy the Babazorros had fallen into didn’t last long. The changes made by the Madrid coach, who brought in Toni Moya, Abde and Sylla after the local goal, reactivated the team and he once again punished the rival’s defensive weakness and, more specifically, Nyom’s. In the 74th minute, Benavídez recovered a ball in midfield, Guridi found the Algerian youth squad unmarked and he assisted the Senegalese nine to make it 1-2 with a tight cross shot. From that moment on, the Glorious One completely handcuffed the pepineros and was able to sentence through Javi López; however, the ending was not without tension. In the last action of the match, from a set piece, Omeruo took advantage of an error by Sivera at the start and scored the equalizer, but this was annulled by the VAR for the peace of mind of all the Alavesistas who had put their hands to their heads .
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