Sunday September 18, 2011 (11.00 UK)
Coliseum Alfonso Perez – Getafe, Madrid
A compact, determined and spirited Rayo Vallecano side inflicted yet another upset as they took advantage of Getafe’s teething problems to snatch all three points.
Well organised and ironically possessing the mentality Luis Garcia Plaza’s Levante boasted last season, the newly-promoted Rayo created several opportunities and scored early on, leaving Getafe still searching for their first League win.
Garcia’s men lacked both cohesion and form, offering little by way of chances. The midfield failed to control proceedings and both Dani Guiza and Pedro Leon looked out of sorts as they attempted to bridge the gap between defence and offence. Most of their attacks were initiated on the right hand side but proved ineffectual and their only great chance of the game was met with an almighty save by Rayo’s goalkeeper Dani.
However, after the break Getafe did seem more alert and reacted well as they exerted more control over the game but it was Rayo who boasted the best chance as a great pass from Piti found Michu at the top with no-one but Getafe’s goalkeeper Moya to overcome, and yet he failed to convert.
Whilst Getafe attempt to recover from the shock, it must be said that this project will inevitably take time to bear fruit. With enough practice and preparation, Garcia will hope both their mentality and chemistry will improve so that they may start accruing vital points.
Getafe (4-4-2): Moya; Valera, Diaz, Lopo, Masilela; Leon (Abdel 72), Lacen, Rodriguez (Perez 35), Sarabia (Rios 61); Gulza,; Miku
Unused subs: Colunga, Casquero, Codina, Torres
Rayo Vallecano (4-2-3-1): Dani; Tito, Arribas, Jordi, Casado; Movilla, Fuego; Piti (Delibasic 63), Michu, Botelho (Pacheco 83), Tamudo (Lass 58)
Unused subs: Cobe