Goals from Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal and Rubén Alcaraz condemned the home side to a crushing 2-1 defeat despite Javier Aguirre handling the Super Eagles duo of Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo a rare start at the heart of Leganes defence.
A costly mistake from Awaziem contributed to relegation threatened Leganes in Saturday night’s LaLiga game.
A miscommunication between Awaziem and Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar handed Valladolid an early lead in the game.
A long ball from Valladolid half saw Awaziem get to the ball before an opponent, but his header to Cuellar went past him after the keeper had already rushed out of the box, which handed Enes Unal an easy tap in to put the visitors ahead on two minutes.
With that goal out of the way, the two teams could not fashion out any other clear-cut chances for the rest of the half, with a Guido Carrillo miss from an Omeruo headed pass the closest both sides came to registering another strike.
But despite seeing less of the ball and playing on the back foot for the most part, Valladolid doubled their lead when Rubén Alcaraz’s left-footed shot found the top left corner ten minutes into the second half.
Leganes’ Oscar Rodriguez pulled one back for Aguirre’s men from the penalty spot late in the match, but it was to be nothing more than a consolation for the homers.
The loss, Leganes’ 15th in 28 La Liga games, leaves the Cucumber Growers deep in relegation waters with only Espanyol below them in the standings on goal difference.