Girona beats Alcorcón and is already a ‘playoff’ team

Girona will play for promotion to the First Division after beating Alcorcón by the minimum 1-0 with a goal from Monchu with two minutes remaining. The Girona team, fifth with 70 points, took advantage of Sporting’s puncture and aspire to be able to finish the regular season in third place.

Francisco’s men, brave and daring because of their dynamics and because they were favorites, proposed a good rhythm of play from the first minute, but they constantly lacked ideas from three quarters onwards. El Alcorcón quite the opposite. Anquela raised the game as expected. The lines very close together to prevent Girona from generating inside and waiting for the error to be able to run into space. In this way he managed to intimidate a couple of times until the 20th, but nothing more. The Girona team dominated the first half from start to finish, but without any clear chance of scoring beyond dangerous centers in the area and an attempt by Monchu that was cut short at the last minute thanks to the appearance of Fernández.

In the second half the tonic did not change at all. Rayo’s victory in Castellón added pressure to Girona, which still could not find any space in the defensive wall of Alcorcón. The match demanded footballers capable of beating rivals in a one-on-one game, and this was understood by Francisco, who, with 25 minutes remaining, gave entry to Samu Saiz, and modified the structure of the center of the field. Mamadou and Yoel, the references of Girona in attack, were not successful and Nahuel and Pablo Moreno entered to give fresh air in search of the desired goal. The Alcorcón was still the same. Madrilenians did not shake their pulse when drawing water constantly and even allowed a couple of counterattacks from Gual and Sosa that generated insecurity in Montilivi.

Football returned to smile at Girona in the last breath. And it has been something common in recent months. Monchu, who had emptied himself trying anyway, was the chosen one this time. The midfielder picked up a ball in front and first, with his right hand, he hit a spectacular shot with a thread that entered the same squad of Jiménez’s goal.

[+]See match summary

Girona: Juan Carlos; Well, Juanpe, Arnau; Yan Couto, Cristóforo (Samu Saiz, min.66), Gumbau, Monchu, Franquesa; Yoel Bárcenas (Nahuel Bustos, min.77); and Mamadou Sylla (Pablo Moreno, min.77).

Alcorcón: Jiménez; Víctor García, Fernández, León; Fraile (Barbero, min.88), Gorostidi (Ernesto, min.71), Nwakali, Juanma, Laure; Ojeda (Samu Sosa, min.71); and Xisco Jiménez (Marc Gual, min.19).

Goal: 1-0, Monchu (87 ‘)

Collegiate: Sagués Oscoz (Basque Committee.). He admonished locals Samu Saiz (75 ‘), Pablo Moreno (83’) and visitors Marc Gual (46 ‘)

Spectators: Played behind closed doors in Montilivi. Match corresponding to the forty-first day of LaLiga Smartbank.