Preceded by a controversial yellow, and followed by a hitherto gigantic error Jan Oblakwho had avoided goals from Leandro Cabrera, Sergi Darder and himself Raúl de Tomás, the ‘top scorer’ perico and Espanyol themselves met again last Sunday against Atlético de Madrid, with a goal from a direct free kick. The first of the 2021-22 season, when it is coming to an end, and the first also in the highest category in 791 days.
It was Adrián Embarba the author of the previous target in Firston February 16, 2020 in a Seville-Spanish, and involved as now De Tomás in a certain carom, since the Seville placed Éver Banega lying behind the barrier to disable the low shot, and that is how he ended up entering the goal after the ball hit the Argentine. In the relegation season, they needed the parakeets 20 attempts of direct free kicks to score (12 from Embarba, three from RdT, three from Marc Roca, one from Víctor Sánchez and Matías Vargas). This course 23 have been needed (15 from Embarba, eight from RdT).
Neither in Second Espanyol was left unmarked in these circumstances, as it was achieved by himself Raúl de Tomás in Las Gaunas, in one of the 32 direct free kicks of the season, which were shared between him (six), Embarba (23) and Vargas (one). In fact, if the Cornellà-El Prat era is taken into account, since the 2009-10 campaign, RdT is already the second highest scorer of direct free kicks.
The first is indisputably Stephen Barn. I note two in the 2018-19 academic yearthat of the return to Europe, one before the Valencia who had the honor of becoming the first granted by the VAR in the Spanish LaLigaand another against Huesca. He was the one who persevered the most, in 13 of 25 times, followed by Mario Hermoso (seven), Roberto Rosales (two), Sergi Darder, Sergio García and Pablo Piatti (one). But the ‘Pirate’ also scored in a Espanyol-Villarreal of the 2017-18 seasonin which there was 17 attempts (three from Granero and Marc Navarro, two from Darder, Gerard Moreno, José Manuel Jurado and Sergio García, one from Piatti, Mario Hermoso and Víctor Sánchez).
Espanyol did not get goals from a direct free kick in the financial year 2016-17although shot 15 times (four Jurors, three Hernán Pérez and the ill-fated José Antonio Reyes, two Víctor Sánchez and one Álvaro Vázquez, Aarón Martín and Piatti). He didn’t make it either. 2014-15in which tried 23 times between Anaitz Arbilla (nine), Vladi Weiss (five), Salva Sevilla (four), Sergio García, Víctor Sánchez (two) and Víctor Álvrarez (one). Not in the previous 2013-14, with 15 shots (five from Manu Lanzarote, four from Luis Miguel Fernandes ‘Pizzi’, three from Simao Sabrosa, two from Sergio García and one from Gabriel Torje).
Yes, however, he had managed to score in those fights Save Sevilla in the 2015-16 season. And we didn’t have to wait long, since he did it on the opening day, a great goal in Espanyol-Getafe. It would be the first of 14 auctions free-kicks, led by the six from Marco Asensio and followed by the two from Seville, Víctor Sánchez and Joan Jordán, and by one from Víctor Álvarez.
The dripping did not stop in the first years of the now RCDE Stadium. Simao Sabrosa scored in Espanyol-Mallorca in the 2012-13 seasonin which he was the one who shot the most (four times, like Joan Verdú, followed by Wakaso Mubarak, Joan Capdevila and Sergio Tejera, with one). Philippe Coutinho did it with all the magic of the world, under the barrier, in the Espanyol-Malaga of the 2011-12 academic yearwith a whopping 36 shots (11 Christian Romaric, ten Verdú, nine Weiss, two Coutinho and Dídac Vilà, one Javi Márquez and Álvaro Vázquez).
Own Javier Marquez had scored a great goal at home, against Real Sociedad, in the 2010-11 campaignin which Espanyol finished in 29 times (13 Luis García, nine Márquez, six Jose Callejón and one Verdú). And he was the leader of attempts, Luis García, who inaugurated the goals from direct free kicks in the Cornellà era, at Almería-Espanyol in the 2009-10 season, in which he himself shot like the most. Of the 35 shotsnine were from the Spaniard, seven from Márquez, five from Nico Pareja and Shunsuke Nakamura, three from Callejón, two from Iván Alonso, Juan Forlín and Verdú.
Beyond the amalgamation of names and attempts, this cast leaves several curiosities. The first is that the last three goals from direct free kicks have been scored by Espanyol away from Cornellàwhere it has not been achieved since February 22, 2019. And the second, which in these 13 years have scored 11 goals like this in 295 attempts. Or what is the same, a 3.72 percent success. With Raúl de Tomás’ goal against Atlético, this season the vat rises to 4.34 percent. And it could be a record if Espanyol repeats something of these characteristics in the remaining six days.