First Division - Day 1

Getafe 1 - Espanyol 1

Getafe: Jacobo; David Cortés (Contra 78'), Ibrahim Kas, Cata Díaz, Licht; Casquero, Polanski (Guerrón 90'); Granero, Uche, Gavilán (Albín 78'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Sergio Sánchez, Jarque, Torrejón, David García (Beranger 80'); Rufete, Lola, Román (Chica 46'), Coro (De la Peña 61'); Luis García, Iván Alonso. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Getafe: David Cortés, Gavilán for Rafa, Adrián González / Espanyol: Sergio Sánchez, Torrejón, David García, Rufete, Iván Alonso for Chica, Pareja, Beranger, Nené, José Callejón.

0-1. 07. Iván Alonso. Intercepted bad Jacobo clearance and fired shot in to net.
1-1. 25. Soldado. Turned ball in from close up after Casquero passed across.

Yellow cards: Soldado 19', Jarque 23', David García 32', David Cortés 57', Sergio Sánchez 57', Ibrahim 92' / red cards: Torrejón 64'.

Espanyol picked up another point away from home in a 1-1 draw at Getafe, although it was not enough to take them out of the relegation zone. New signing Iván Alonso put the Catalans ahead in only the seventh minute after intercepting a bad clearance from Jacobo, but a mistake by Jacobo's opposite number Cristian Alvarez later in the first half allowed Soldado to equalise.

Alvarez made up for his error after the restart, in particular keeping out efforts from Uche and Albín. Pochettino brought on De la Peña for his first game after another long injury lay off, and his first play was to set up Luis García. The striker shot straight at the keeper though, and soon afterwards the visitors were left with ten men when Torrejón was sent off for a hard tackle on Soldado.

Uche and Albín tried their luck after that, but Espanyol held fast for the draw. Thirteen games now though without a win, and with the big four coming up next it may be some time before that happens.