This week’s game of the week saw mid-tabled Alaves hand out a 4-0 thrashing to the now relegated Las Palmas, as many of their top performers earnt a spot in the team of the week.
After a first half in which the two sides delivered an uninspired, often insipid, 45 minutes. Nobody could have anticipated the flurry of activity that would come after the break.
The dead-heat was broken just six minutes into the second half – as an on loan Munir put the visitors ahead, heading home an easy finish from the centre of the goal after Wakaso did well to keep the ball in play.
The once-capped Spanish international, then doubled his side’s advantage in the 73rd minute when he tapped home at the near post following a swift counter attack that carved through a disjointed Las Palmas back line.
The goal represents the ninth goal that he has netted this campaign, a tally that puts him on 41 points for the campaign.
There is no doubt that Munir will be hoping that his form for an Alaves side that has otherwise underwhelmed this season might just be enough for his parent club to recognise the ability that he has, despite the stiff nature of the competition.
With the hosts two goals down, all sense of belief drained from their game and they were quickly pegged back again when Sobrino out-muscled two Las Palmas defenders before setting Alvaro Medran up for a precision header that powered home from near the edge of the box as he bagged only his second goal of the campaign.
The rout finally came to its conclusion when Sobrino himself made it four in the first minute of additional time.
Again a header, the 25-year-old Spaniard rounded off an excellent individual performance to hit his third of the campaign and reach 12 points.
The Las Palmas capitulation was emblematic of an already relegated side that sit sixteen points below 17th placed Levante and are now destined to feature in the second tier of Spanish football in 2018/19.
Whilst the quality of the opposition was clearly a factor in the result, Alaves will take a lot of encouragement from their performance at Estadio Gran Canaria.
Sat in 14th place in the table, they will be hoping that their victory can be a springboard for an end of season run that can put a shine on their campaign.
Alaves next face the unenviable job of hosting Atletico Madrid whilst Las Palmas travel to Espanyol.
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