Oscar Duarte’s horror knee injury overshadowed a 1-1 draw at Ipurua on Saturday, which did little for Eibar or Espanyol.
Former Middlesbrough striker Kike got the ball rolling for Eibar when he sent a near-post cross past Diego Lopez.
Espanyol top goalscorer Gerard Moreno headed a corner wide in the dying embers of the first half, but Jose Manuel Jurado made no mistake with his first-time finish after he was level when meeting a swirling cross in the hosts’ box.
The Basques felt they should’ve been given a penalty when David Lopez appeared to push Pedro Leon in the Espanyol area, but Diego Lopez was still needed to keep out Bebe’s angled volley.
The game ended on a sad note, with Duarte collapsing unopposed after a clearance. The Costa Rican was later diagnosed with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is not expected back until the start of next year.
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