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.

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