Alcoyano suffered their third consecutive league defeat on their visit to La Linea de la Concepción, where they had not played for 32 years. Vicente Parras’ team seems to be more focused on the Copa del Rey, in which it will face Real Madrid, at Collao, on January 5, since in the last league games it does not seem to find the intensity and strength that is characterizing him in the KO tournament.
Before Real Balompédica Linense, perhaps the effort made just three days ago to eliminate Levante from the First Division from the Cup took its toll, since up to a total of 8 players who played that match as starters, also jumped onto the pitch against the team known as “La Balona”.
It was presumed a game that was very even due to the positions of both teams in the qualifying table, with only one point difference in favor of La Linea, and it was. In the first half, the match was short on scoring chances and there was no clear dominator. The game was locked and even, although the Linense seemed to print a little more speed in their plays and enjoy more approaches to the rival area. In fact, after ten minutes a goal was disallowed for offside that, although the illegal position was clear and did not admit discussion, it did show that the local team was putting more effort than the rival in finding the opposite goal. .
It was in the last minutes of the first half, when Alcoyano managed to take the game back to their land and took control of the situation, showing themselves more dangerous than they had done in all the previous minutes.
Shortly before the break, Leandro had to retire injured, so the local coach, Antonio Manuel Ruiz, gave in to Coulibaly who, curiously, would end up scoring the winning goal for his team.
The second half was very similar to the first, although with Alcoyano more balanced on the pitch, which made the equality even greater between the two teams, since Linense remained in line with the first period.
In fact, in the 73rd minute came the home team’s winning goal. It was an unfortunate play for Alcoy’s team, as there was a backward pass that hit a visiting defender to deflect the trajectory of the ball. Coulibaly benefited from this diversion to head as the ball arrived and introduce it into the goal to the surprise of José Juan, who was not expecting something like this.
After the goal there were moments of confusion in those of Collao that Linense took advantage of to generate danger. Thus, in minute 76 Borrio smashed the ball to the crossbar in a free kick. Alcoyano immediately recovered and went up in search of the tying goal that never came.
In this way, the Parras team says goodbye to the year 2021 with three consecutive defeats and waiting to return to the competition on January 5 in the Cup against Real Madrid and on January 8 in the league against Castellón. Both in the Collao.
R. BALOMPÉDICA LINENSE: Nacho Miras, Jesús Muñoz (Óscar Arroyo, 69), Loren, Leandro (Coulibaly, 43), Ñito González (Masllorens 84), Bandaogo, Borja López, Gerard Oliva, Víctor Mena, Chironi (Iván Martín, 84) and Dorrio.
CD ALCOYANO: José Juan, Lillo Castellano, Primi, Raúl, Ángel López (Toni, 77), Imanol (Antón, 59), Fran Miranda, Juanan, Javi García (Jona, 59), Dani Vega (Andy, 71) and Mourdad.
REFEREE: Alexandre Alemán Pérez (Las Palmas). He showed yellow cards for Linense to Loren and Chironi, and for Alcoyano to Javi García and Raúl.
GOALS: 1-0, minuto 73, Coulibaly.
STADIUM: Municipal of La Línea.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.