Mallorca came from a goal down to defeat Espanyol in Barcelona…
Espanyol suffered a rare home defeat as they let slip a one-goal advantage to lose 2-1 to Real Mallorca at Cornelle - El Prat in the Spanish Primera Division on Tuesday evening.
Alvaro Garcia gave the hosts the lead after 19 minutes but Mallorca had Pierre Webo and Emilio Nsue to thank for their 2-1 victory that deals a blow to Espanyol’s Europa League aspirations next season.
As a matter of fact, it was the visitors who commenced the match the brighter of the two sides with Gonzalo Castro, Nsue and Webo all trying their luck in the first five minutes.
Moments later Espanyol conceded a penalty when Jordi Amat committed a foul on Webo inside the area but Castro’s spot-kick was saved in the bottom left corner by Carlos Kameni.
A minute later the Barcelona-based side could have forced the Islanders to pay when Jose Callejon came close but his left-footed shot from the right side of the box hit the right post.
Then on 19 minutes Espanyol went ahead when Callejon sent Alvaro through on goal and the latter made no mistake in slotting the ball home from the centre of the Mallorca box.
Espanyol could have added to their tally in the subsequent minutes as Sergio Garcia and Luis Garcia both came close.
The first-half ended with Espanyol maintaining the lead but Mallorca commenced the second session with more intensity and intent.
Michael Pereira made an attempt on 52 minutes and a minute later Webo’s header from the centre of the 18-yard box went over the hosts’ crossbar.
Eventually three minutes after the hour-mark Webo equalised for Mallorca when he headed in Sergio Tejera’s delivery from close range.
The visitors continued to craft chances for themselves and got their reward seven minutes from the end when Nsue found the Espanyol goal from close range to win the game 2-1.