First Division - Day 29

Recreativo Huelva 1 - Alavés 0

Recreativo: Luque; Espinola, Loren, Iker Begoña, Pernía; Javi García, Viqueira (José Marí 90'), Camacho, Benítez; Oscar Arpón (Quique Romero 65'); Raúl Molina (Mario Bermejo 80'). 4-4-1-1.
Alavés: Dutruel; Geli, Karmona, Téllez, Llorens (Pablo 55'); Astudillo, Desio (Jordi Cruyff 60'), Luis Helguera, Ibon Begoña; Rubén Navarro, Iván Alonso (Mara 77'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Recreativo: Oscar Arpón for Xisco / Alavés: Luis Helguera for Pablo.

1-0. 03. Javi García. Got on the end of Pernía's cross to head past keeper.

Recreativo Huelva extended their unbeaten run to seven games when they beat Alavés 1-0 in a game which kicked off at the unusual time of midday on Sunday. The match was preceded by protests from the fans against the decision by the Federation to hold the cup final at Elche, with posters displayed saying that there were 18,000 Recre supporters who wanted to attend, and that there would therefore not be tickets for all. The protests at least gave the ground a bit of atmosphere, and the local side took advantage to score in only the third minute, Javi García flying forward to head Pernía's cross wide of Dutruel.

The Andalucians kept up the pressure for the rest of the first half, but efforts from Viqueira, Arpón and García went begging. After the break it was the turn of the visitors, but Rubén Navarro in particular was unlucky to come up against a Luque in top form in the local goal, and when he did manage to beat him his shot went just wide. An amazing rainstorm virtually washed out the game for a few minutes in the second half, and despite the hour, the floodlights had to be switched on. At the end though it was Alavés who were washed out, and the defeat means that their opponents catch them on thirty points. Both stay in the relegation spots, but on this form it will be the locals who survive and the visitors who go down. Who would have thought that just a couple of months ago?