Surging Eibar edge Rayo Vallecano to climb La Liga standings
BARCELONA, Spain —
Eibar needed an own goal from a Rayo Vallecano defender to claim a 1-0 win that lifted the modest Basque side into sixth place in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Rayo centerback Diego Llorente slid toward his goal in an attempt to clear Borja ”Baston” Gonzalez’s cross, only to redirect the ball into his own net for what proved to be the hosts’ 21st-minute winner.
Sergio ”Keko” Gontan clipped the crossbar a minute later and Saul Berjon hit the post in the 64th as Eibar went close to extending its advantage.
Eibar ended a three-game winless run at its Ipurua Stadium.
Rayo remained in 14th place.
Athletic Bilbao visits Real Betis later aiming to extend its four-round unbeaten streak, while Espanyol hosts Granada and Malaga plays at Sporting Gjion.