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Goalkeepers make headlines as Deportivo and Eibar draw

Eibar’s goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic scored an own goal while Deportivo keeper Maksym Koval was sent off on his LaLiga debut.

Both goalkeepers played crucial roles as Deportivo and Eibar drew 1-1 at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor.

Deportivo keeper Maksym Koval came rushing out of his goal and was left in no man’s land as Takashi Inui fired Fabian Orellana’s cross into an open net to give Eibar the lead in the 11th minute.

At the other end, Marko Dmitrovic was credited with an own goal after Florin Andone’s 33rd minute header came off the post, hit Dmitrovic and ended up in the back of the net to give Deportivo their equaliser.

Koval’s night got worse as he became the first goalkeeper to be sent off on his La Liga debut in the 21st century after rushing out of his goal and bringing down Joan Jordan.

Even with the extra man, Eibar could not find the winner.

Two goals in seven second half minutes earned Leganes the points as they beat Malaga 2-0.

Javier Eraso opened the scoring in the 55th minute by heading in Diego Rico’s long ball into the box.

Nordin Amrabat doubled Leganes’ lead by firing low past Roberto Jimenez in the Malaga goal.

Sevilla boosted their chances of playing Champions League football next season by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-0.

Luis Muriel and Franco Vazquez scored within five minutes of each other in the first half to secure a win that moved Sevilla to within five points of fourth-placed Valencia.

Muriel hit the crossbar with a header shortly before he opened the scoring in the 27th minute, finding the net from a narrow angle after being put through by Pablo Sarabia.

Vazquez doubled Sevilla’s advantage with a powerful header from Steven N’Zonzi’s cross from the right.

Athletic’s best chance came at the end of the first half when Inaki Williams’ header went the wrong side of a post.

Girona moved to within one point of fellow Europa League hopefuls Villarreal with an impressive 2-0 victory at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani opened the scoring with a superb header after 15 minutes, giving home goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo no chance.

And Honduran forward Anthony Lozano – a 71st-minute replacement for Stuani – made the points safe 10 minutes from time with a brilliant strike into the top right corner.


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