Getafe manage their first win in over two months against a lacklustre Sevilla side...
... Not a perfect performance, but more than a match for the jaded visitors...
The Coliseum Alfonso Pérez crowd was treated on Saturday evening to that rarest of sights - a Getafe victory. For just the second time since the New Year the Azulones picked up all three points, this time against a Sevilla side who offered extremely little.
Nonetheless with Málaga thrashing Mallorca, relegation remains very much an open question, and coach Míchel must be prepared to build on this victory rather than considering the season a closed matter.
Sevilla had good reason to start the game well, given their 3-1 loss at home to Geta back in November, but in fact seemed content to give the visitors the initiative.
Geta attempted to use width and versatility in midfield, with Dani Parejo and Javier Casquero deployed either side of Víctor Sánchez in a formation bereft of traditional lateral options.
This bore little fruit for either side but it was certainly the case that Getafe were far the more comfortable on the ball, and the first half closed with little danger to the home net.
The second period was slightly more active, Miku showing plenty of activity and the otherwise-disappointing Adrián Sardinero testing Javi Varas with a fine drive just before the hour mark.
It was Venezuelan striker Miku who opened the scoring fifteen minutes from time, bringing down an excellent Dani Parejo through ball with admirable technique before slotting under Varas.
Sevilla failed to react to this setback and deservedly left with nothing, their Champions League hopes now almost completely eliminated as their Europa League target itself begins to appear difficult.
Geta are on 37 points as they await the outcome of the rest of the relegation fixtures. The Madrid outfit travel to Mallorca next Sunday.
Getafe: Ustari; Miguel Torres (Borja 75), Cata Díaz, Marcano, Mané; Parejo, Víctor Sánchez, Casquero; Colunga (Arizmendi 61), Miku, Adrián Sardinero.
Sevilla: Javi Varas; Cáceres, Alexis, Fazio, Fernando Navarro; Renato (Diego Capel 75), Medel, Rakitic, Dabo (Alfaro 75); Rodri (Luis Alberto 63), Negredo.