GETAFE, Spain – Short-handed Getafe prevailed on Sunday over Valencia 1-0, delivering the host squad its first Spanish soccer league defeat.
Second-place Valencia squandered an opportunity to narrow its 5-point gap with La Liga leader Barcelona, which drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Things seemed to get easier for Valencia in the 25th minute when Getafe’s Uruguayan midfielder, Mauro Arambarri, was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.
The decision came shortly after the assistant referee controversially annulled a goal by Getafe’s Amath Ndiaye Diedhiou for being offside.
However, ironically these decisions were a turning point for Getafe, not for the toothless Valencia.
Only Valencia’s Dani Parejo managed to threaten near Getafe’s net, firing three shots, all of which minder Vicente Guaita saved.
The 10-man Getafe controlled the rest of the first half, manufacturing a close scoring chance only to have Jorge Molina head one above the crossbar.
Getafe’s momentum continued after the break, although Angel Rodriguez squandering a chance to get the team on the board and out in front.
After a great effort, Jorge Molina passed the ball to Rodriguez, who fired a wide shot, 30 minutes to go before the injury time.
For a while, Valencia started to control the ball, only to concede a goal by Markel Bergara, who fired a shot from outside the area that got past goalkeeper Norberto Murara Neto, a shot that provided to be the deciding factor in the win.