Liverpool-owned Iago Aspas netted a late winner as his loan side Sevilla secured all three points in a thoroughly entertaining 3-2 victory over Espanyol.
The 27-year-old joined the Reds from Celta Vigo in the summer of 2013 but struggled to make an impact in his debut season on Merseyside, appearing in just 14 games in all competitions.
In the summer, he returned to Spain after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Sevilla with a permanent three-year deal as a subsequent buy option.
Aspas has regularly found himself lower down in the striker pecking order this season and has had to contend with a few minutes here and there coming off the bench.
On Sunday, however, he was handed his first La Liga start of the season, and he didn’t let his boss Unai Emery down as he was heavily involved in his side’s 3-2 victory over top half rivals Espanyol.
On 40 minutes, his attamept on goal was charged down by the opposing goalkeeper outside his area – resulting in Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla receiving his marching orders.
He saved his most important involvement until the final minute of normal time as he collected Carlos Bacca’s pass, turned wonderfully and arrowed a low drive in to the far corner.
Aspas’s goal – his first of the season – was met with euphoria inside the stadium and could play a huge role in the club’s bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four spot.