Leo Gutierrez returns with his daily La Liga news with an American and Mexican twist.
Guardado played a key part in Depor’s victory in the Galician Derby (Celta Vigo V Deportivo La Coruna). The match was played at Celta Vigo’s home stadium, the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos. There were over 30,000 fans in attendance.
Depor quickly put Celta on it’s back heels with a goal by Riki in the 3rd minute. Depor’s Lassad scored in the 62nd minute to put Depor ahead 2-0, but Celta rallied with goals by Quique de Lucas in the 67th minute and Catala in the 82nd minute. It appeared that the match would end in a draw, but Guardado was fouled about 18 yards outside the box in the 93rd minute. Guardado resumed play quickly and crossed the ball to the right side in front of the goal.
The initial kick was headed by Depor’s Colotto to the far post, Celta’s goalie Yoel couldn’t punch it away cleanly and an umarked Borja headed it into the goal.
With this victory, Depor sits atop the promotion table with 8 matches left to play. Guardado has played an integral part in Depor’s success in La Liga Adelante (appearing in 29 of the club’s 33 matches) but he has expressed in interest in being transferred to another team at the end of the season.
Former Barcelona Defender and Mexican International, Rafa Marquez, apparently has decided to combine MMA moves with his football marking skills. Currently with the NY Red Bulls, Rafa wrestled and, in a fine Judo like move, threw San Jose’s Shea Salinas to the ground breaking his clavicle. To make sure Shea stayed down for the count Rafa added a kick to the face. The referee scored a three point take down and no points for the kick, since no card was issued for either foul. I wonder if Rafa gets any bonus money for combining the MMA moves with football (the MLS is always looking for ways to increase the football demographic). Rafa already has the third highest salary in the MLS and his antics on and off the field show us he is earning every dollar. I wonder if Shea asked the fabled Barcelona player for his jersey after the match?
Former Cruz Azul defender and Argentine International is helping Getafe reach their goal of Europa League participation. With today’s “manita”, the 5-1 drubbing of Sevilla, Getafe is within one point of Europa League participation. If you can use minutes and matches played as a barometer for a player’s value to a team, then Cata Diaz is invaluable for Getafe. He leads Getafe with minutes played and is second only to Miku in match appearances.
The former Cruz Azul player is having, what he considers, his best season in La Liga since his arrival to Spain in the 2007/2008 season. His play on the field earned Cata a call up for the Argentine friendly match against Switzerland on Feb 29th, where Messi scored a hat trick. Although Cata did not appear in the match he was satisfied that his level of play had been noticed by the national team.