Girona climbed into a possible Europa League spot today with their 1-0 win over Getafe. Stuani’s sole goal was once again the deciding factor. Girona controlled the majority of the match for their second home clean sheet of the season.
The Whites & Reds were looking forward to welcoming Getafe to the Montilivi this week. The Catalans have a great record over the Deep Blues. The last two times these clubs have met Girona during their time in the Segunda División, Girona has emerged victorious. Both away at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, and then with a thumping 5-1 victory at the Montilivi.
A sunny, but cold afternoon greeted the players at the Montilivi. Just a few minutes after the match started, Girona scored the only goal of the match. Starting from a free kick just over the halfway line, the ball fell to Mojica whose perfect cross was headed by Stuani into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. That brings the Uruguayan’s scoring tally to nine goals this season.
Getafe reacted well, but Girona was able to control the rest of the match. A few chances came from Jorge Molina and Ángel, but Girona’s makeshift defense was able to hang on to a clean sheet. Getafe edged out the Catalans on possession with 56% of the ball but was unable to capitalize. The Deep Blues also showed a bit of indiscipline, picking up six yellow cards from the match and being caught offside eight times.
Getafe coach Pepe Bordalás said after the match that he thought his team deserved more. “We are leaving dissatisfied, they caught us being careless for the first early goal.” He was particularly angry claiming that some of the Girona players had simulated fouls to interrupt the game and prevent his team from playing football. “The match had too many interruptions, we all saw them. They played their game and without doubt, it hurt us.”
Girona coach Pablo Machín responded to the criticism saying, “I respect all the opinions, but I do not think our players simulated. Ask Portu, he just had his lip open.”
When pressed about the possibility of European football, Machín continued to stress that the team’s objective is still to just stay in the top division next season. “We are here on our own merit and we can talk about Europe for a long time. But our objective is to obtain the 42 points that will guarantee our permanence as soon as possible.”
— Girona FC (@GironaFC) December 17, 2017
The Whites and Reds now look ahead to Thursday’s match at Eibar. Meanwhile, Getafe will face Las Palmas on Wednesday at home. The last La Liga matches of 2017 are just around the corner.