Valladolid and Almeria are the latest sides to register their first victory of the 2009/10 season…
Real Zaragoza 1-2 Real Valladolid
Valladolid were still searching for their first win of the new campaign and they got off to the perfect start at promoted, Real Zaragoza.
After just four minutes on the clock, the Pucelanos went infront after striker, Diego Costa did all the hard work by beating Francisco Pavon on the right before cutting the ball back for Marquitos to tap into the empty net.
The Aragon hosts tried to respond but it was Valladolid who looked the more threatening and likeliest to score. However, it was Zaragoza who pulled levelled on 26 minutes when Jorge Lopez rifled in a left foot shot on the edge of the box after Valladolid failed to clear a corner.
Both sides had chances to break the deadlock before marching back into the dressing room. Jorge Lopez’s shot from a Jermaine Pennant cross was saved by Jacobo, while Sisi’s close range attempt for Valladolid sailed into Juan Pablo Carrizo’s arms after he sneaked in behind Pavon.
The second half started the same way the first ended, with Valladolid left-back, Nivaldo heading narrowly wide from close range after just two minutes into the restart.
But Los Blanquivioletas eventually regained their lead on 56 minutes and Zaragoza’s woeful defence was exposed again. Pedro Lopez’s freekick found Diego Costa, who nodded it back for an unmarked Sisi to pounce after Roberto Ayala struggled to clear his lines.
Los Blanquillos pushed hard in search for a second equaliser and Jorge Lopez, Javier Arizmendi and Kevin Lacruz all came close on in the closing stages. But Valladolid did enough to cling on and pick up three points.
Almeria 1-0 Getafe
It was a coaching clash between two former Real Madrid heroes, Michel and Hugo Sanchez, at the Estadio Mediterraneo. After a blistering start to the new Primera Division campaign when they crushed Racing Santander 4-1, Getafe were eager to get back on the winning trail after losing 2-0 at home to Barcelona last weekend.
Almeria, meanwhile, were looking to pick up their first victory of the season and the efforts put in by the two hungry teams were evident for all to see.
Francisco Casquero and Juan Albin had a crack at goal early on but neither really troubled Diego Alves in the Almeria goal. Kalu Uche then responded for the hosts with a fruitless attempt of his own, before both sets of players started queuing up to try their luck from range.
As the half progressed, it was El Geta who began to look the more adventurous side, but they still couldn’t get close enough to their opposition goal to create clear cut chances.
Getafe would pay for not making better use of their possession, as three minutes into the second half, the Andalucians took the lead. Right-back, Michel Macedo ran onto Pablo Piatti’s through ball and finished clinically past Ustari with a low drive.
Los Azulones looked as though they had run out of steam, and Almeria almost doubled their advantage on 67 minutes when Piatti’s header from a Guilherme cross just missed the target.
Manu del Moral almost equalised for the southern-Madrid outfit ten minutes from time but his shot on the turn was superbly saved by Diego Alves. Getafe simply had no answers after that as Hugo Sanchez breathed a sigh of relief after seeing his Almeria side finally bag three points.
KS Leong, Goal.com