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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Youssef En-Nesyri (42')

Alaves lose at Leganes, spurn chance to overtake Barcelona atop La Liga

Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates after scoring the only goal in Leganes' 1-0 win against Alaves in La Liga. Getty Images

Alaves spurned the chance to go top of La Liga on Friday with a 1-0 defeat at Leganes, who moved out of the relegation zone thanks to Youssef En-Nesyri's goal.

The striker fired home three minutes before half-time after Jonathan Silva cut the ball back into his path to delight a raucous Butarque.

Alaves, who started the season brilliantly but have now lost two of their last three games, remained fourth, one point behind leaders Barcelona.

"We have to give the boys credit, it's very hard for a team like Alaves to win in the top flight," Alaves coach Abelardo Fernandez said.

"It's a very tough competition, the best league in the world. Our team is having an extraordinary season. This was an equal game, we knew Leganes would be physical and direct."

En-Nesyri's strike earned Mauricio Pellegrino's Leganes a deserved victory, their first win in six games taking them 16th.

"We struggled at the start of the season but we are improving," Leganes captain Ruben Perez said. "Home matches are where we need to pick up the most points."

Champions Barcelona travel to third-placed Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 24 +38 54
2 Atletico Madrid 24 +17 47
3 Real Madrid 24 +12 45
4 Sevilla FC 23 +13 37
5 Getafe 24 +9 36
6 Alavés 23 -3 35
7 Real Sociedad 24 +5 34
8 Real Betis 23 -3 32
9 Valencia 23 +4 31
10 Eibar 24 -1 31
11 Levante 24 -7 30
12 Leganes 24 -5 29
13 Espanyol 23 -10 28
14 Athletic Bilbao 23 -5 27
15 Girona 24 -9 27
16 Real Valladolid 24 -10 26
17 Celta Vigo 24 -7 24
18 Rayo Vallecano 24 -14 23
19 Villarreal 23 -8 20
20 Huesca 23 -16 18