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Umar Sadiq misses a penalty but his strike edges Almeria closer to La Liga dream

Sadiq and Almeria take another positive step towards La Liga promotion

Going into the game, Sadiq had scored 16 goals in the Spanish second division this season. However, he missed the chance to reach 18 after missing from the spot.

Almeria sat in the top two before the game, but Rubi’s men still had to win to stay on course for promotion. Although they did manage to get the three points, it was not smooth sailing as the scoreline suggested.

Amorebieta proved to be a hard nut to crack for the home side in the opening half. Despite dominating possession and shooting eight shots, it was the away side that got close in the first half with two shots on target.

Almeria and Umar Sadiq turn it up in the second half

The second half was a different case, though, as Almeria took the lead through an own goal from Andoni Lopez in the 54th-minute. Lopez’s own goal opened the game up, with Almeria doubling their lead through Srdan Babic in the 75th-minute.

The home side had the chance to extend their lead in the 83rd-minute after they were awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

However, their top scorer, Sadiq, fluffed his lines from 12-yards out. But despite the miss, it was still a good outing from the Nigerian international, who had three shots on target and made one key pass.

Sadiq did atone for his miss by scoring the third in the 89th-minute. It was his 17th goal in the Spanish second division this season.

The win lifts Almeria to the top of the table with 76 points, two ahead of Eibar, who have a game in hand.

With three games to go, Almeria could secure promotion with a win in their next game, should third-placed Real Valladolid fail to win.

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