Valencia fall to first defeat at 10-man Getafe

first_img0Shares0000Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya Pena reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Valencia CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain on December 3, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, Dec 3 – Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday.The visitors’ disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara’s deflected effort 24 minutes from time.“Congratulations to them, they won, I don’t think it was a fair result but that is football,” Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don’t think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today.”Barca’s failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons.Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third.Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand.However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita.The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat.Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara’s powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed.Once again Valencia’s biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post.And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler’s piledriver.On a fine Sunday for La Liga’s other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1.Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark.However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year’s World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday’s draw, swung the game Leganes’ way.Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front.And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring.Las Palmas’ first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide.Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, left, talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks at the NFL Combine, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Another team in need of a quarterback has jumped ahead of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft order.A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn as part of the trade.The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity on Monday because teams are not allowed to announce trades until the NFL’s new business year opens Wednesday. Buffalo moved up to the No. 12 spot in the draft by trading the first of its two opening-round selections, 21st overall. That’s three slots ahead of the Cardinals, who own their first-round pick at 15th overall. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments   Share   The Bills also have the No. 22 pick.Related LinksCardinals will target QB Kirk Cousins, OG Andrew Norwell in free agencyBuffalo also traded its fifth-round pick (158th overall) for the Bengals’ sixth-round selection (187th) as part of the Bill’s second major trade in three days. On Friday, Buffalo traded starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for a third-round pick.The moves help place the Bills in a position to use one of their first-round picks to draft a quarterback.The offensive line is Cincinnati’s biggest focus in the offseason. The offense finished last in the league in large measure because its line couldn’t protect Andy Dalton or open holes for the running backs.Glenn has been a Bills starter since his rookie season in 2012. He was limited to six games last year because of an injury to his left foot that eventually required surgery.The Associated Press contributed to this story. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more