Getafe dent Valencia’s title hopes with surprise win
Barcelona and Real Madrid both drew on Saturday as Atletico Madrid closed gap
Valencia’s Italian forward Simone Zaza reacts after missing a goal opportunity at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe. Photograph: Getty Images
Getafe 1 Valencia 0
Valencia wasted the chance to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to two points when they fell to their first defeat of the season on Sunday, losing 1-0 at Getafe despite playing 65 minutes with an extra man.
Getafe had a goal correctly ruled out for offside in the first half when Mauro Arambarri’s shot was turned in by team mate Amath Ndiaye.
Moments later the home fans’ frustration grew when midfielder Arambarri was shown a second yellow card and dismissed in the 25th minute.
Getafe went ahead however in the 66th minute through a long range strike from midfielder Markel Bergara which took a big deflection off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista and sailed over goalkeeper Neto and into the net.
Valencia, who were missing decisive winger Goncalo Guedes and defenders Ezequiel Garay and Jeison Murillo through injury, and whose coach Marcelino was serving a touchline ban, struggled to create chances.
Getafe’s goalkeeper made one final save to thwart his old side in repelling a shot from winger Carlos Soler deep in injury time.
Valencia squandered the opportunity to profit from Barca’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. They remain in second place, five points behind the Liga leaders, who have 36 after 14 games.
Marcelino’s side are only one point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third - after they beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday - and three above Real Madrid - who drew 0-0 with Athletic Bilbao - and Sevilla (2-0 winners over Deportivo de La Coruña) who are fourth and fifth respectively.