Girona may have been promoted to the first division this year, but they learned a hard lesson after losing out to Llagostera, a Second Division B team. The match was 0-0 after full-time, with Llagostera winning 6-5 on penalties.
Machín had gambled by including six players from the second team, Peralada-Girona B, to his squad of 18. Most likely this strategy had more to do with resting his main squad, rather than giving the second team some pitch time. Girona are without a win since August and desperately need to take something from their match against Deportivo on Monday. For that reason, Machín brought along the Peralda-Girona B players of Montes, Paik, Soni, Bambo, Álamo and Romero.
Meanwhile, Llagostera was looking forward to the match without too much pressure. Coach Óscar Álvarez said earlier this week that his side was looking forward to the derby as a party and with a lot of excitement.
Llagostera’s home at Nou Estadi de Palamós has a capacity of just 3,700 spectators. It took a little while for both sides to get settled into the match. Kayode had the first real opportunity in the 22nd minute, but was unable to capitalize. Llagostera responded ten minutes later with a shot from Alex Granell. He launched a long shot to try and catch the keeper unaware, but his effort went over the bar.
Girona really took control in the second half. Marlos almost scored in the 62nd minute, but a good stop from Juan kept the teams level. In the end, the match ended goalless and Llagostera was able to sneak the win 6-5 on penalties. Ultimately, it is just another example of Girona’s inability to score goals this season.
Machín might need to start looking at options for additional strikers during the January transfer window. His main striker Stuani was rested for today’s match, but if he picks up a serious injury then Girona will really have trouble getting on the score sheet in La Liga.