Match Report / Real Sociedad 1-2 Getafe
Matchday 34 – Real Sociedad 1-2 Getafe – Match Report
Thursday 21st April 2016
By PAUL MURRAY
Another miserable home result for La Reala as they slumped to another home defeat by a club beneath them in the table.
Getafe moved off the bottom spot in the Primera Division with this surprise 1-2 win at Real Sociedad – their first victory in 14 games. Their winless run went back to mid-January, resulting in them plummeting down the table.
This result earned new coach Juan Esnaider his first win in charge and gives them a chance of survival. Getafe remain in the relegation zone, but will gain some much needed confidence for the remaining four games as they look to avoid a first relegation since getting promoted in 2004.
Real remain stuck in 10th position with this second consecutive defeat as goals from Pablo Sarabia and Alvaro Vazquez either side of half-time cancelled out Carlos Vela’s opener.
The hosts’ early pressure paid off in the 19th minute when Vela finished from close range following a cross from Oyarzabal. It was his first home league goal of this disappointing season. It was a fair reflection of the game at that point as the home team had started in promising fashion.
Getafe, who had initially looked very nervous, edged their way back into the game and scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, following a swift counter attacking move. Sarabia found the bottom left-hand corner with a volley after Vazquez’s right wing cross.
Real unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty for handball against defender Vergini and ironically, a few minutes later, Getafe were awarded a penalty when Vazquez was stupidly brought down by Real’s second choice goalkeeper Oier Olazabal, who received a yellow card.
The ball was running out of play and away from goal when Olazabal bought Vazquez down for no apparent reason. It was a ridiculous challenge and it cost us the game. The striker picked himself up and blasted the 56th-minute penalty down the middle to set up a vital win for the visitors.
The home side continued to dominate possession but to no effect. Again we completely lacked imagination in the attacking third and although the introduction of Bruma and Granero in the 59th minute, improved our play, we were not to find an equalising goal.
Again the absence of a playmaker prohibited us from creating goal scoring opportunities. Time and again this season we have dominated possession, but rarely to any effect as we are unable to find a telling pass. This has been particularly costly against teams below us in the table.
These teams often work harder, cover more ground and play quicker than us, which highlights our lack of quality and effort. Our record against these teams is very poor and is indicative of a complacent attitude from players who seem unable to push themselves in certain types of matches.
The situation is compounded by Jonathas, who in my opinion is completely useless. He is unable to hold the ball up, lacks quality with his first touch and has turned into another waste of money. Why we are unable to sign a striker who can actually play, is totally beyond my comprehension.
Whoever is selecting the strikers we are bringing to the club, Seferovic, Finnbogason and Jonathas, needs, in my view, to find an alternative type of work, either that or he (yes you Loren) needs to book an appointment with an optician!
The match statistics showed: Possession 57/43% in favour of Real, we managed 10 shots of which only 5 were on target. We won 8 corners and received 2 yellow cards Olazabal (55 minutes) and Granero on 83 minutes.
Real Sociedad: Olazabal, Elustondo, D. Reyes, Iñigo, De la Bella, M. Bergara (Xabi Prieto, min.78), R. Pardo (Granero, min.59), Zurutuza, Carlos V. Oyarzabal, Jonathas (Bruma, min.59).
Getafe CF: Guaita, Vigaray, Vergini, J. Rodríguez, Roberto Lago (Miguel A., min.17), Lacen (cap) Moi Gómez (Víctor R.,min.83), Medrán, Sarabia, E. Buendía, Álvaro (Stefan, min.62).
Goals: 1-0: Carlos V., min.19. 1-1: Sarabia, min.45. 1-2: Álvaro (pen), min.56.
Referee: Sánchez Martínez. Booked Olazabal and Granero (Real Sociedad) and J. Rodríguez, Roberto Lago, E. Buendía and Miguel A (Getafe).
Attendance: 14,334 spectators.