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Liga rookies Eibar humiliate Almeria 5-2

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

Sociedad Deportiva Eibar’s Raul Albentosa, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring in their La Liga match against UD Almeria in Eibar, Spain, on Monday.

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Sociedad Deportiva Eibar thrashed visitors UD Almeria 5-2 on Monday as the La Liga debutantes continued their impressive first season in the top flight.

Striker Federico Piovaccari got los Ameros going with a goal in the third minute, before Saul Berjon and Raul Albentosa scored to widen their lead.

Almeria substitute Francisco Soriano pulled one back two minutes before halftime, but Raul Navas and substitute Ander Capa then struck twice more for the hosts, before Edgar Mendez got Almeria’s second.

With the drubbing, the promoted Basque club rose into ninth place, just five points from sixth place — the last UEFA Europa League spot.

Eibar have played better away than at home so far this season, with Monday’s victory only their second on home soil at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua.

“In the previous games at Ipurua we lacked the intensity we showed today,” Eibar coach Gaizka Garitano said. “We took a small step forward today, but it’s going to be a hard road and we will suffer. We shouldn’t look at the standings very much and starting tomorrow prepare for our next game against Sevilla.”

The result put Almeria in 17th place, level on points with three teams at the bottom of the table. The struggling side remain winless in eight rounds.

“This was our most important loss of the season,” Almeria coach Francisco Rodriguez said.

Also on Monday, Getafe earned a 1-1 draw at Levante UD, leaving both sides in the lower half of the standings, but out of the immediate danger of the drop zone.

Getafe forward Abdoul Yoda sprinted to reach Mehdi Lacen’s pass and shot inside the far post in the 56th minute, but Levante substitute Rafael Martins headed in the equalizer for his first goal with the team in the 71st.

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