Saturday Segunda Review
A look at the action from Liga Adelante, on the opening day of the Spanish football season.
Girona 1-0 Alavés
Contrasting styles in play, with Girona preferring fast counter-attacking, whereas Alavés looked for a tidy passing approach. The home side saw the best of the early attacking opportunities, but neither team could find a goal, heading into the half-time interval.
Girona cranked up the intensity early in the second-half and were rewarded in the 54th minute, with a goal from Felipe Sanchón. From there though, it was visiting Alavés who started to take control of the game, dominating possession. Try as they might though, they simply couldn’t find a way through the wall of Girona defenders, as the home side sealed their first three points of the season.
Mirandés 2-1 Barcelona B
Mirandés showed more hunger in the first-half of their encounter with a surprisingly lacklustre Barca B. A goal from Iriome in the 21st minute gave the home side the lead, but they couldn’t increase their advantage further before the interval.
It didn’t take long to double the score in the second-half though, as Diaz de Cerio struck in the 47th minute to make it 2-0 to the home side. Just two minutes later, Dani Nieto pulled one back in the 49th minute and started to show more quality in their play.
Mirandés could have extended the lead, whilst Barca B were unable to make the most of their chances to level the score. Ultimately the home side took the points in what will be a most pleasing start to the season for them.
Hércules 1-1 Real Zaragoza
An attractive encounter in Alicante saw both sides playing good football and showing plenty of attacking momentum. Neither side could find an incisive touch to gain an advantage in the first-half though.
Early in the second-half, Hércules took the lead through Sardinero in the 49th minute. Real Zaragoza were keen to get back into the game and eventually their efforts were rewarded with an equaliser from Roger in the 62nd minute.
No more goals would ultimately come, but both teams deserved their share of the spoils, after an entertaining opening match to the season.
Las Palmas 0-1 Deportivo La Coruña
Juan Valerón, so many times the hero for many years with Deportivo La Coruña. Fitting then that the veteran lined up today for Las Palmas against his former club, keen to show them what they were missing with an excellent individual display.
Both sides attacked mainly down the flanks, but neither could open the scoring in the first-half of a tightly contested encounter. The opening moments of the second-half saw more of the same, before Pablo Insua gave Deportivo the lead in the 50th minute.
Las Palmas with Valerón directing operations tried to get back into the game, but ultimately things became scrappy and tempers flared. Deportivo were reduced to ten men when Culio saw red in the 67th minute. As the game petered out, Castillo picked up a second yellow card for Las Palmas and he to received his marching orders in the 90th minute.
Lugo 0-0 Numancia
Neither side could find a way to goal, in what turned out to be one of the dour matches of the day. Hardly inspiring for either sets of fans, but Numancia boss Anquela will be happy to have left Lugo with a point on the road.
Córdoba 1-0 Ponferradina
Both teams battled for the points, as Córdoba looked the stronger of the two sides at home. Ponferradina bravely resisted all that came their way, but in the final seconds of the game, Strahman scored for Córdoba to snatch three points and send the home fans into raptures.
Curiously with this opening day victory, Córdoba put an end to a remarkable stretch of 38 years, without having won the opening fixture of the season.