Luis Alberto was again in fine form for Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday night, scoring a brilliant individual goal to help his side to a 2-1 win over Levante.
It has been a hugely positive season for Alberto at the Raizor where he has been one of the shining lights for Victor Sanchez’s side.
The Reds’ loaned man has become an important part of Depor’s team, and he enjoyed another influential impact on Saturday, scoring the opening goal of the game with an excellent solo effort.
With the score goalless heading into half time, a quick one-two and ball across into the six-yard box appeared to just be awaiting the touch of the on-rushing Alberto to turn home – but a last-ditch intervention forced a scramble.
The Reds loanee picked up the loose ball with his back to goal, and displayed some fantastic close control with a couple of drag-backs in a congested area, helping him twist and turn between two defenders before chopping back onto his stronger right foot, leaving another on the floor, and firing into the top corner.
In the heat of a goal-mouth scramble, it was a brilliantly composed and intelligent finish from Alberto, who was restored to the starting XI by Sanchez after dropping to the bench against Atletico Madrid last time out.
The strike takes the 23-year-old’s goal tally to six in La Liga this season, while the Reds loanee has also posted six assists in all competitions – an extremely impressive contributions total coming in 19 starts.
Six goals almost became seven five minutes from time as the home side pushed for a winner, but Alberto couldn’t convert at the back-post with his effort eventually being rebounded home by teammate Lucas for what proved to be the winner.
It was a vital and pressure relieving victory for Sanchez’s men, who ended a run of 13-games without a win, and it was perhaps fitting that it would come through the work of two of Depor’s most influential players this season.
Alberto will be looking to produce more of the same when the season recommences after the international break as Sanchez’s men look to secure a top half finish in the Primera Division.
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