Joselu returns the illusion of permanence to Espanyol

A lone penalty from Joselu helped Espanyol shake off the mud of relegation, beating Getafe led by re-debutant José Bordalás 1-0 and giving the first parakeet win since February 25still with Diego Martínez on the bench, thus also being the first joy of Luis García as a property coach, totally necessary for a team that risks its life in LaLiga.

The rain could not wash away the illusion of the RCDE Stadium. The fans turned to the team, aware of the first of the seven finals that they will have facing salvation, with the seasoning of experiencing it against a direct rival for clinging to First Division. For it Luis García chose the shelter of the line of fiveleaving Denis and Darder in the middle alongside Melamed and leaning on the strength of Braithwaite and Joselu on offense.

The first half, as in any final, had much more to do with protecting one’s own goal than looking for the opponent. Pacheco only had work to keep the races of Portu and Borja Mayoral. Although the most dangerous was saved by David Soria, saving a double chance from Braithwaite and Melamed at point blank range. The anguish of the fans was palpable on a lawn that slipped at every step, although a breather came before the break.

After a play with pure touch, the cross ended in a Braithwaite header that was found with Aleñà’s outstretched arm inside the area. Sánchez Martínez did not whistle it in the first instance, but the VAR called to go and review it. Finally, the referee awarded. Joselu took the ball, which weighed more than an anvil at that point, and made it lightputting her in the impossible squad for Soria.

The second part began to take forever for a Espanyol who saw the ghosts hanging around. Pacheco and his screams woke up a defense who lost a couple of key duels. Vini Souza’s entry gave solidity, and Puado’s entry could bring the 2-0, but the striker missed his one-on-one. Although nothing marred the party. Luis García’s first victory finally arrived. And salvation no longer seems so utopian.



Espanyol: Pacheco; Óscar Gil (Aleix Vidal, 86′), Calero, Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Pedrosa (Oliván, 74′); Melamed, Denis Suárez (Vini Souza, 68′), Darder; Braithwaite (Puado, 86′), Joselu.

Getafe: Soria; Damián Suárez, Duarte, Alderete (Mitrovic, 81′), Gastón (Angileri, 81′); Portu, Maksimovic, Villar (Mata, 90+5′), Aleñà (Munir, 64′); Mayoral, Ünal (Latasa, 81′).

GOL: 1-0 M. 38 Joselu.

REFEREE: Sánchez Martínez (Murcia). TA: Braithwaite (42′), Melamed (71′), Aleix Vidal (90′) / Aleñà (37′), Duarte (51′), Maksimovic (57′), Villar (73′), Latasa (81′) .

INCIDENCES: Day 32. RCDE Stadium. 26,953 spectators.

2023-04-30 18:54:44
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