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First Division - Day 38

Rayo Vallecano 1 - Getafe 2

Rayo: Rubén; Tito (Rochina 46’), Galeano, Zé Castro, Rat; Raúl Baena (Seba Fernández 46’), Trashorras; Alberto Perea (Lass 65’), Alberto Bueno, Iago Falqué; Larrivey. 4-2-3-1.
Getafe: Julio César; Valera, Lisandro López, Alexis, Rafa; Juan Rodríguez (Borja 20’), Lacen; Pedro León (Sammir 83’), Sarabia, Lafita (Mosquera 65’); Ciprian. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 42. Ciprian. Picked up Rafa pass and cut in to fire shot in off far post.
1-1. 66. Trashorras. Wide free kick which bounced past keeper in to the net.
1-2. 92. Ciprian (penalty). After Rubén brought down Sammir inside the area.

Yellow cards: Lacen 22’, Lisandro López 24’, Galeano 27’, Rafa 38’, Alexis 58’, Valera 63’, Mosquera 75’, Pedro León 87’, Trashorras 88’, Rubén 91’.

Getafe managed to save themselves for another year after they got the points they need to stay up in the last match of the season. Cosmin Contra’s side were away to local rivals Rayo Vallecano, but it was anything but a friendly encounter as they ran out 1-2 winners in the end. The visitors had everything at stake against an opponent who had already achieved their objectives, and Lafita and Pedro León both went close before Ciprian put them ahead with a low shot past Rubén shortly before the break. However Trashorras equalized with a long free kick which bounced past keeper Julio César, and (with a negative head-to-head record against Osasuna) there were some nervous moments for the visiting fans after that, Julio César having to save from Seba Fernández and Galeano, and Alberto Bueno having a strike ruled out for a borderline offside. With the game in injury time though Rubén gave away a penalty on Sammir, and Ciprian stepped up to slot home the resulting spot kick. A bit of fun and games at the end as managers and players clashed leaving the pitch, but Getafe were in a celebratory mood. They are still with us!