Thursday, 30 September 2010

Europa League: Young Boys 2-0 Getafe

1-0 Degen 11'
2-0 Degen 64'

A very disappointing match and performance in Bern saw Getafe lose 2-0 to a Young Boys side who in truth could have added far more.

The only silver lining to take from this performance is that it was far from the Geta first team. The likes of Albín and Miku did not take their chance to impress and both will be rotated out of the side at the weekend, when Geta meet Hércules at home.

Group standings after two games:

Group H

Team Pld Pts
Stuttgart 2 6
Young Boys 2 3
Getafe 2 3
Odense 2 0

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Jornada 5: Racing 0-1 Getafe

0-1 Victor Sánchez 16'

A deflected effort from loan midfielder Victor Sánchez was enough to give Getafe yet another victory at the Sardinero against a Racing side who will feel they should have at least managed a draw.

Although the visitors drew first blood, Racing were the better side for the vast majority of this game, and only poor finishing and some great saves from Jordi Codina kept Getafe en route for all three points.

In what was a dispiriting day for the Cantabrians, Markus Rosenberg was sent off minutes before full-time for a second bookable offence.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Jornada 4: Getafe 0-2 Malaga

0-1 Rondón 54'
0-2 Apoño (pen) 62'

A dreadful match with very, very little to recommend it for the Getafe supporter. Although we had most of the possession and most of the chances in a numerical sense, it was the visiting side that always lookedl ike winning: they had more pace, more confidence, more definition in front of goal, and more of a winning strategy. Full credit to Malaga: I tipped them, along with Racing, to struggle badly this season, but they show every sign of having what it takes to stay up.

Next up: a trip to Cantabria to face our pseudo-rivals, Racing Santander. Last time we played at the Sardinero was on the opening day of the 2009-10 campaign, where we won 4-1. Overall our record there is good, and I expect an away win.

Video of the Malaga shocker:

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Getafe 'B' 1-1 Leganés

0-1 Tonino 36'
1-1 Adrián Sardinero 55'

Geta's greatest rivals have been reduced to playing our reserves in the Segunda B. While both first teams used to attract bumper crowds against each other in the Segunda, these days 2,500 showed up to watch the second string of Geta come from a goal down to secure a draw. Fan-made videos of the goals below:

This result sees Lega stay top of Segunda B with 13 points - this being their first draw after four wins - while Geta B are second with eleven, pending today's matches, of course, which could see Celta Vigo B and Babajoz overtake them.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Jornada 3: Deportivo La Coruña 2-2 Getafe

0-1 Colotto (og) 33'
1-1 Guardado (pen) 49'
2-1 Guardado (pen) 56'
2-2 Arizmendi 69'

A massively entertaining second half saw three goals - two from the spot - as Getafe managed a draw at Riazor against Deportivo. This was without question the most entertaining game of the season so far and one that, had we eleven men and a charmed Jordi Codina, beatable only from the spot, for the entire second half, we might have won. As it stands a point in Galicia is nothing to be sniffed at. Nonetheless a lack of composure in front of goal remains a small source of concern: Arizmendi's wonder-strike, and Manu's hitting the bar from 30 yards notwithstanding, we passed up several opportunities (as did Depor.)


Thursday, 16 September 2010

Europa League: Getafe 2-1 OB

0-1 Arizmendi (og) 43'
1-1 Arizmendi 50'
2-1 Pedro Ríos 80'

This was the right result: 2-1 to the hosts. Jaime Gavilán went off with what looked to be a pulled muscle after just five minutes in what was a bad omen. The Danes were infinitely better in the first half but were still somewhat fortunate to take the lead after Javier Arizmendi scored an OG while defending a drilled free-kick.

Getafe came out looking completely different for the second period: there was just one substitution - Javier Casquero on for Borja - but it looked like a whole new eleven. Arizmendi equalised with a simple header before Pedro Ríos scored an absolutely beautiful free-kick to give Geta the three points.

Sadly the crowd can't have been more than 3,000 or so. Fans were boycotting the game because the price for socios was 15-30 euros and for regular fans 50-80 (!) euros. 80 euros for a Europa League group stage match against a modest Danish club! No wonder presi Torres was getting booed before kick-off.

An encouraging result for Geta considering that it wasn't a full-strength line-up and this is very much a competition that's secondary to surviving in La Liga. I wouldn't say the knock-out stages are beyond us at all but I won't be especially bothered if we finish a close 3rd, either.

Oh - and Getafe are the only Spanish side to not only win but avoid defeat tonight. Sevilla, Atleti and Villarreal all lost. Incredibly Sevilla lost at home to PSG, Atleti lost away to an underrated Aris, and Villarreal contrived to concede at Dinamo Zagreb.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Jornada 2: Getafe 4-1 Levante

1-0 Gavilán 5'
2-0 Colunga 10'
2-1 Rafa Jordá 13'
3-1 Gavilán 90'
4-3 Arizmendi 90+1'

A convincing win for el Geta in a match that saw the visitors rarely threaten.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Preview - Jornada 2: Getafe-Levante

After last week's disappointing season opener, El Geta have a great chance to get back on track as they meet newly-promoted Levante at home.

The Valencians lost 4-1 at home to Sevilla in their own Liga debut this season, with Getafe losing 3-1 against Espanyol in Barcelona.

Ibrahim Kas and Mario are out of the defence, while Juan Angel Albin and Pedro Rios will sit out in midfield. Pablo Pintos, newly-arrived from Lazio, is also absent. Of these Mario and - bizarrely - Pedro Rios have been left out by the coach despite not being injured.

Levante have never beaten Getafe at home in the Primera.