Saturday, 27 November 2010

Jornada 13: Sevilla 1-3 Getafe

1-0 Kanouté 29'
1-1 Manu del Moral (pen.) 57'
1-2 Miku 59'
1-3 Pedro Ríos 74'

Getafe stunned Sevilla to pull off a vital 3-1 win at the Sánchez Pizjuán in a match crucial for both the Azulones' aspirations of league survival and coach Míchel's hopes of retaining his job.

Despite Geta chairman Angel Torres' recent statement of support for the tactician, it had been rumoured that a poor performance and defeat in Andalucia would spell the end for Míchel.

But such talk was rendered moot as Geta mounted a superb second-half fightback against a Sevilla side capable of far better.

In an uneventful first half the hosts took the lead after 29 minutes. Neither Cata Díaz nor Iván Marcano was on form, and this showed when the latter gifted Fredi Kanouté a tap-in chance by failing to clear a routine cross from Diego Capel.

Despite Geta's recent poor form, though, there seemed to be hope of a revival as the visitors began the second period strongly. Their pressure told as Getafe were awarded their second penalty in two games, Abdoulay Konko handling Marcano's cross in the box. Manu del Moral, having previously missed a sitter, stepped up for the spot-kick: home 'keeper Andres Palop got a touch to it, but the ball rolled in off the post.

Two minutes later Getafe were ahead. Under-fire Venezuelan forward Miku was left unmarked at the far post to meet Jaime Gavilán's cross for a confident finish on the half-volley.

Geta's victory was complete when in the 74th minute Pedro Ríos took advantage of Sevilla's failure to clear their lines from a corner, rifling the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards out.

Thus Getafe picked up their first victory in all competitions in over a month, and rise to ninth in the table, pending results elsewhere this weekend.

Next: Away to OB Odense in the Europa League on Wednesday. Getafe must win this game to be in with a chance of progression to the knockout rounds.

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