Juan Dominguez scored the only goal of the game as Deportivo La Coruna overcame Eibar 1-0 at the Ipurua to register their first La Liga victory of the season.
The midfielder struck what proved to be the winner just 13 minutes in, as the battle of the promoted sides went the way of Victor Fernandez’s men in the Basque Country.
Brancoazuis finished just two points behind their opponents in second place at the end of last year’s Segunda Division, but they established that margin between the sides in their favour, with their first win since returning to the top flight.
They suffered a 2-1 defeat at Granada on the opening weekend of the season before Isaac Cuenca’s equaliser deep into stoppage-time rescued a point against Rayo Vallecano last time out. Fernandez made six changes from that game and included three deadline-day signings, as Sidnei, Juanfran and Helder Postiga all made their debuts.
By contrast, the hosts had enjoyed a fairly solid start to their first ever season in the top flight under Gaizka Garitano. They opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Real Sociedad thanks to Javi Lara’s stunning free-kick, before they put up a good performance in their narrow defeat to defending champions Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.
And there were no surprises as the manager named an unchanged starting 11 for the third consecutive game.
The new Depor signings all made fairly swift impacts within the first 13 minutes of the contest. First Sidnei recovered from being outmuscled in the area by Angel to make a block and just about do enough to put the forward off.
The other two were then involved in the goal as Juanfran crossed from the right and, after Eneko Boveda inadvertently sent the ball back across his own six-yard area, Postiga got a toe to the ball for Dominguez to fire into the roof of the net.
At the other end, Eibar had a decent penalty appeal waved away by the referee. Angel went down after being bundled over by Luisinho and while awarding a spot-kick would have been soft, they have definitely been given for less in the past.
Garitano’s men then dominated the second half with substitute Vela Dani Nieto pulling the strings and carrying their greatest threat. He almost had the perfect start following his introduction, as he embarked on a strong run into the heart of the defence before German Lux was forced to push away his fierce strike.
He hit the side-netting not long after and then set up Javi Lara following another good run, but the opening day match-winner could not get his shot on target.
The visitors weathered the storm from there. Lux did well to hold on to Berjon Perez Saul’s drilled effort from 35 yards, as his side saw the game out for their first three points of the campaign.