Almería completes its mathematical relegation and Girona provisionally takes second place

UD Almería has completed its mathematical relegation to LaLiga Hypermotion, the second category of Spanish men’s football, due to its 1-3 defeat against Getafe CF in a match on matchday 33 of LaLiga EA Sports, where Girona FC will also play this Saturday. has placed itself in second provisional position after beating UD Las Palmas 0-2.

In fact, the team from Girona opened the round of matches in Gran Canaria. And it started with two surprises, in the form of two missed penalties, first by Sandro Ramírez for Las Palmas and then by Artem Dovbyk for Girona. However, David López did take advantage of the rebound from Álvaro Valles’ save to score from point-blank range to make it 0-1 in the 26th minute.

The first half, somewhat angry, ended without more goals but with a couple of yellow cards for each team. When the 56th minute passed, a stomp by Mika Mármol on Yan Couto was sanctioned again by the referee as a penalty and this time Dovbyk did not waste it to establish the 0-2.

This victory helped Míchel Sánchez’s pupils reach 71 points, provisionally occupying second place in the league table, waiting for FC Barcelona (3rd, 70 pts.) to play against Valencia CF on this matchday . Meanwhile, the defeat left Las Palmas with 37 points, still looking askance at the relegation zone.

On the other hand, at the Power Horse Stadium, something that many had already taken for granted for weeks crystallized. Near the end of the first half hour of the game, Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in favor of Getafe after a mistake by Dion Lopy; Ilaix Moriba stole the ball from him, who sprinted to the rival area and gave it to his teammate, who made it 0-1.

Although ‘Choco’ Lozano equalized shortly before half-time, taking advantage of a rebound from the blue goalkeeper in a rehearsed set-piece play, Almería conceded two more goals during the second half that consummated their relegation. First Greenwood achieved his double in the 48th minute, also taking advantage of a save by the local goalkeeper after Moriba’s shot, and then in the 61st minute he assisted Jaime Mata to make it 1-3 in another counterattack.

With only 14 points and bottom, the Almeria team thus lost all its mathematical options for salvation. Opposite, those from the south of the Community of Madrid were placed thanks to this victory with 43 points in ninth provisional position, waiting for what Villarreal does (10th, 42 pts.) in their Sunday duel against Rayo Vallecano.

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