It was frankly a little difficult to have any interest in watching futbol over the weekend in light of the mass shooting on Friday in Connecticut. Right after I had scribbled up my preview, I switched over to a news page where I saw what was happening and any desire to watch that afternoon’s Real Madrid Castilla-Lugo dissipated very quickly. Not sure how many of you heard but a day later a tragedy of a different sort happened in Murcia. One of the club’s greenskeepers suffered a heart attack and died just minutes before the Murcia-Guadalajara match was to have started. They ended up playing the match anyways with a delayed start of 20 minutes. Should they have played? I say no, but that’s not my call of course. They did play and Guadalajara used a 71st minute goal from Gaffoor, who was then sent off right afterward, to get all three points.
Las Palmas and Recreativo played to a 0-0 draw which for Las Palmas isn’t actually that bad considering they played with ten men for an entire half. As for Recre, they had the majority of the chances but couldn’t finish. Still, it’s two games without a loss for the Decano.
Well I’ll be, ol’ Cordoba got right up from the mat after that midweek Copa loss to Barcelona and showed no ill effects beating Huesca in their backyard 1-3. Even without their leading scorer, the Italian renella, Cordoba got a brace from a player with an Italian-sounding name, Fede Vico, and scored three unanswered to beat Huesca who left their home pitch to whistles from the fans.
Sporting snapped out of their funk using a decisive second half to win against Xerez 3-0. An awful first half from both sides yielded an improved effort from the hosts in the second as hot-tempered Bilic scored twice in the second 45 minutes.
Yuri got to be kidding me!! Ponferradina have done it again! The newly-promoted side went to Soria and took Numancia’s scalp in a 0-1 win. Pichichi Yuri didn’t score this time though. Instead it was Acoran (Acoran got to be kidding me doesn’t sound as cool to start a recap). But credit Ponfe’s defense for keeping Numancia out of the nets in the Pajaritos, a tough task for sure.
More unrest. More problems and more losses. That is the story of Racing who lost again, this time at home to Sabadell 0-1. A Lanza goal in the 8th minute was all that was needed. Afterward a group of Racing fans tried attacking the club president and one of the players was cornered by fans in the parking garage of the stadium. Bocanegra, you really couldn’t have found somewhere else to go?
Barcelona B continue to throw a wrench in plans as they went to the Santo Domingo and became one of just two teams to actually get a result there of Alcorcon. Good-looking goal from Oriol Riera to give the home side the lead but Barca B improved in the second half and got an equalizer through Luis Alberto 11 minutes form time.
In the battle at the top, once again it was Elche emerging victorious. Keep in mind that in matches versus the top teams (Almeria, Girona, Villarreal), the Ilicitanos are perfect. They sent the Andalucians to their second consecutive defeat. But it certainly wasn’t without controversy. Simply put, Almeria were robbed of two goals. Aleix Vidal and Charles each scored in the first half but both times were ruled offside. Upon further review, both goals should have counted and I have to say Almeria have a right to complain. Nevertheless, the score remained 0-0 until Etxeita scored in the 70th to give Elche the three points.
The other premier game of the weekend saw Girona take care of business at home versus Villarreal 2-0. Goals from Benja and Jandro in the second half did the trick as Girona now sit back in second after having slipped down to table to fourth. Villarreal were the better of the two in the first half but couldn’t score and Girona were opportunistic with their second half chances. Unfortunately it was Mellberg again at fault for a key foul, this time for a penalty that Jandro converted, thus sinking the Submarino.
Well, the Hercules unbeaten streak couldn’t last forever. Four matches and now over as the alicantinos were upended at Anduva by Mirandes 3-2. A rare home win for Mirandes even though it got nervy in the end as Hercules’ Portillo scored two late goals in the failed comeback.
We conclude with the aforementioned Lugo-Castilla match where shoddy defensive play from Castilla in the final moments allowed Lugo’s Fran Sol to break a 2-2 deadlock and bag the winner in the 3-2 final.
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