Friday, 26 September 2008

Late September Redux

1. The aforementioned game at Espanyol was a 1-1 draw
2. We narrowly lost to Atlético Madrid 2-1 at home midweek
3. Joffre Guerrón has twice almost got into fights in training - his rationale is that he is "envied" by the rest of the squad.

Let the good times roll!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Getafe Lineup At Espanyol

Marca have just confirmed our first eleven to face Espanyol at Montjuïc. It's live on Sky Sports in the UK for those lucky enough to have access; others can no doubt find streams online.

Anyway, the team: Jacobo; Cortés, Cata Díaz, Mario, Licht; Guerrón, Celestini, Casquero, Gavilán; Manu, Albín.

This means that the likes of Uche and Soldado are on the bench. Will it pay off?


Sunday, 14 September 2008

Getafe 0-0 Real Betis

How the game ended 0-0 is a mystery due to the wealth of chances at both ends. The Béticos had by far the best of the first period but Getafe came back strongly in the second half.


In any case,the lack of goals from the strikers is beginning to cause concern, but there were a few bright spots. Joffre Guerrón is starting to find his feet - let's hope he finds a final ball - while the defence was reasonably solid in the second half. Jacobo, too, had an excellent debut. Granero, sadly, could be out for a couple of weeks with a knock.

Geta are thus one of five teams on four points, two behind leaders Espanyol, to whom they travel next week for Jornada 3.

Also, Getafe B managed a 2-0 win over San Sebastián de los Reyes to remain undefeated in their Tercera campaign. Javi Robledo struck twice in the second half to seal the home victory, which sees Geta third, equal on points with leaders Fuenlabrada, Alcobendas, and Rayo Majadahonda. Next up is the short trip up the road to face Atlético Madrid C.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

International Round-Up

Seven Geta players were called up for internationals in the current break, with all of their countries now having played one game.

First, the worst news: Roberto 'Pato' Abbondanzieri lasted just fifteen minutes against Paraguay in Argentina's World Cup qualifier, which ended in a 1-1 draw. You may remember that Oscar Ustari was similarly afflicted by injury during the Albiceleste's Olympic campaign; now Geta have lost their first as well as second-choice goalkeeper to the Argentine curse. Having received five stitches on his knee, it remains to be seen how long he's out for. Daniel 'Cata' Díaz managed the latter 45 minutes without picking up a knock, at least.

Cosmin Contra played the entire 90 minutes of Romania's match against Lithuania on Saturday afternoon, although he'll wish he hadn't: the Tricolorii were thrashed 3-0 by the Baltic side.

Ibrahim Kas did not feature in Turkey's 2-0 victory in Yerevan against Armenia.

Ikechukwu Uche scored the only goal of the game as Nigeria kept up their 100% record with a WC qualifying win over South Africa away from home. In doing so he eliminated the Bafana Bafana from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

Joffre Guerrón played the whole 90 minutes as Ecuador beat Bolivia 3-1 to remain just about in the runnings for a place at the 2010 World Cup, unlikely though qualification is.

Esteban Granero opened the scoring against Kazakhstan in the Spain U-21 side's 2-1 win in Almaty before being substituted off with eight minutes left to go. According to Marca he "commanded" Spain's gameplay and was a worthy goalscorer. Great news there, at least, as he helped the young Spaniards to their seventh consecutive qualification win (although it was far from easy.)

Uche has fulfilled his international duties. Granero's U-21s meet Russia on Tuesday the 9th. Contra must still face Wales on the 10th; Cata could play against Peru on the same day (as Pato watches from the sidelines); Ibrahim Kas will meet Belgium, also on the 10th; Guerrón's Ecuador meet Uruguay on Wednesday, too.

Getafe B Draw At Fuenlabrada

Following up last week's 1-0 home win over newly-promoted Colonia Ofigevi - another club from the city of Getafe (I think that their stadium is here) - Geta B pulled off a draw at Fuenlabrada (their ground is here, I think.)

Indeed, they might have won but for a last-minute equaliser that set the scores at 2-2 at La Aldehuela.

Considering that Fuenlabrada were a Segunda B side last season this is a credible result away from home, and one that puts the Azulones in good stead for a crack at the 2B playoffs this year.