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First Division - Day 28

Getafe 3 - Granada 3

Getafe: Codina; Valera, Lisandro López, Alexis, Escudero; Pedro León (Lafita 68’), Mosquera, Juan Rodríguez, Diego Castro (Gavilán 13’); Colunga (Sarabia 60’), Ciprian Marica. 4-4-2.
Granada: Roberto; Nyom (Foulquier 56’), Coeff, Murillo, Brayan Angulo; Fatau, Iturra, Fran Rico; Riki (Dani Benítez 89’), El-Arabi, Pereira (Buonanotte 46’). 4-3-3.

1-0. 06. Ciprian. Picked up clearance on half way line and ran on to beat Roberto.
1-1. 35. Riki. Collected El-Arabi through ball and fired angled shot past Codina.
2-1. 38. Lisandro. Steered header down inside far post from wide Gavilán free kick
2-2. 62. El-Arabi. Got on the end of Brayan Angulo cross to head wide of Codina.
3-2. 72. Lafita. Deflected ball past keeper after Sarabia shot from edge of area.
3-3. 77. El-Arabi. Headed past Codina on far post after corner headed across area.

Yellow cards: Escudero 24’, 79’, Murillo 39’, Iturra 54’, 69’, Ciprian 54’, Valera 81’, Sarabia 83’, Alexis 85’ / red cards: Iturra 69’, Escudero 79’.

Still no win for Getafe despite a change of manager, although there were plenty of goals in the Coliseum stadium as the Madrid based side drew 3-3 with Granada in the Friday night game. With favourite ex player Cosmin Contra taking over from Luis García, and the club handing out complementary tickets, a packed crowd turned up to see their side go ahead three times in the match. Ciprian opened the scoring in only the sixth minute after picking up a clearance on the half way line and outstripping his markers to beat Roberto, but Codina was let off the hook by El-Arabi soon afterwards when he gave the ball away to the striker only for him to shoot over the top. The local keeper did well to save from Murillo and Fatau later on in the first half, but with ten minutes to go to the break El-Arabi put Riki through for him to equalize. Lisandro López restored the lead three minutes later from Gavilán’s free kick, but El-Arabi levelled it again on the hour mark with a header from Angulo’s cross. Five minutes later the Andalusians were left with ten men when Iturra picked up a second yellow card, and Lafita put the locals in front for the third time when he deflected Sarabia’s shot past Roberto. However El-Arabi made it all square once again after a corner fell to him, and numbers were evened up when Escudero was also sent off for a second bookable offence. Getafe stay just a couple of points above the relegation spots pending the rest of the weekend games after a thirteenth game in a row without a victory, but at least the new coach has given them renewed hope of a turnaround.