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Alavés were beaten 5-0 by second division Almería this Saturday in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, from which they were defeated.
A double by Nigerian Sadiq Umar (8, 45 + 1), a goal by Ager Aketxe (45), an own goal by Argentine Rodrigo Battaglia (52) and a final penalty goal by Juan Villar (81) awaited the premiere by Abelardo Fernández on the Alava bench.
The Asturian coach, who returned to Alavés after Pablo Machín’s dismissal on Monday, could not have had a worse start, against the third-placed in the silver division of Spanish football.
Alavés, who are two points behind the relegation places in LaLiga, was unable to overcome the pressure and intensity of Almería in a game that played with ten for almost an hour after the expulsion of Tomás Pina (35).
– Results and program of the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey (GMT hours):
– Saturday 16:
ALMERIA (2nd) – Alavés (1st) 5 – 0
Almería: Umar (8, 45 + 1), Aketxe (45, Battaglia (52 against), Villar (81 from the penalty spot)
(In play) Peña Deportiva (2nd B) – Valladolid (1st)
(15h00) Girona (2nd) – Cádiz (1st)
Rayo Vallecano (2nd) – Elche (1st)
(17h00) Fuenlabrada (2nd) – Levante (1st)
(7:00 pm) Leganés (2nd) – Seville (1st)
– Sunday 17:
(11h00) Espanyol (2ª) – Osasuna (1ª)
Malaga (2nd) – Granada (1st)
(15h00) Navalcarnero (2nd B) – Eibar (1st)
Sporting de Gijón (2nd) – Betis (1st)
(17h00) Alcorcón (2nd) – Valencia (1st)
Tenerife (2nd) – Villarreal (1st)
– Wednesday 20:
(18h00) Córdoba (2nd B) – Real Sociedad (1st)
(8:00 pm) Alcoyano (2nd B) – Real Madrid (1st)
– Thursday the 21st:
(18h00) Ibiza (2ª B) – Athletic (1ª)
(20h00) Cornellá (2nd B) – Barcelona (1st)
NOTE: the teams with their names entirely in capital letters have qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey.
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