La Liga | How Getafe managed to beat a struggling Sevilla

Diego Alonso was fighting for his job in every game recently, with his team sitting in 16th, level on points with Cádiz in the relegation zone, and Sevilla out of Europe after finishing last in their Champions League group. After Celta Vigo’s win earlier in the day, a win was needed as the relegation zone looms in the rear mirror. Conversely, Getafe will be happy with their season so far. They came into the game sitting comfortably in ninth position and may even be able to fight for a European spot if their form continues.

Sevilla simply need to start winning, but they showed nothing in the first half to suggest that there is any improvement on the horizon. The game could not have started worse, as the away side was awarded a somewhat controversial penalty after Juanlu Sánchez was deemed to have handballed it inside the box. On closer inspection, the ball appeared to ricochet first off his foot and then onto the hand. However, the penalty stood despite the home side’s protests and was slotted down the middle by Borja Mayoral, who scored his tenth of the season. Sevilla, for a side fighting relegation, showed no fighting spirit. They had nothing to offer, and it was Getafe who continued to create the chances. Juanmi Latasa fired wide shortly before Jaime Mata put Getafe two goals up. Sevilla gave the ball away in their own half, and Mason Greenwood slotted the ball into Jaime Mata, who didn’t pass up the chance.

The second half didn’t get much better for the home side. While they did create a couple of chances, there was nothing to worry Getafe. In fact, it was the away side who had the better chances, with Letasa missing a golden opportunity for the third. The third eventually did come, owing to a second penalty, this time converted by Greenwood. Juanlu was once again guilty, although it was another debatable call, as the ball struck his arm from a very short distance. Getafe coasted until the final whistle with Sevilla failing to create anything of note.

Boos rang out at the end of the game as Sevilla look in serious trouble. Their midweek game away at Granada is pivotal as they now look to replace Diego Alonso. Getafe continue their fantastic form and have now gone 13 league matches without a loss and can start to dream of a European spot.

GSFN | Finn Entwistle

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