Girona and Las Palmas signed tables this Monday (1-1) in Montilivi and they were not able to break their winless streaks, in a duel in which the Canarian team went ahead through Sergio Ruiz and the Colombian Bernardo Espinosa tied for the locals.
UD Las Palmas chained their fourth game without winning, while the rojiblanco team linked their third draw in a row.
Girona controlled the ball from the start, but the absence in the Senegalese eleven accused too much Mamadou sylla, with discomfort.
Without the nose of Sylla, author of four of the seven goals for Girona, and without depth, the domination of the premises was sterile, fruitless, and the first half, bland, had no clear chances.
The match followed the plan envisaged by Pepe Mel and Girona, despite recovering the magic of Samu Sáiz and the reliability of the Monchu-Cristóforo-Gumbau ‘trivote’, he was unable to reach Nahuel Bustos, disconnected and isolated, and to score the tempos of the meeting that closed the eleventh day of the Second League.
As soon as the game started there was a play that required VAR. The referee and the VAR were inhibited in a controversial play in the Girona area. Calavera hits Benito in the face and prevents him from progressing in the area. The villager falls and the referee Luis Milla finally says nothing about it.
The first goal of the night, for the yellow team, came in the 45th minute, in the last action of the first act. Rober González, who a few minutes before disturbed Juan Carlos Martín with a hard shot, took advantage of the umpteenth local loss in the center of the field to stand in the Girona area and enable Sergio Ruiz, who beat the rojiblanco goalkeeper with his right leg from the penalty spot.
Girona started chasing the tie after leaving the dugout and stroked the goal with two powerful shots from Sebastián Cristóforo and Sáiz from the front.
Las Palmas, meanwhile, insisted on waiting for his options sheltered in his field and just before the game time was reached he was about to increase his advantage with a beautiful Rober parable that came close to the right post of Juan Carlos.
Francisco also redoubled his bet, who turned to Sylla and Valery Fernández with the illusion of revolutionizing the game and returning the pulse to a Girona that returned to round the goal with a header from Bernardo Espinosa after a foul taken by Sáiz from the left.
It was the prologue of 1-1, which, with the same protagonists, arrived seven minutes later in a traced action.
Girona collected the well-deserved reward for their effort and continued to search for the rival goal to try to complete the comeback, but the only clear chances of the match in the last 20 minutes were for the visitors, with a strong left-footed shot from Enzo Loiodice that shook the crossbar and a cross shot from Jonathan Silva who kissed Juan Carlos’s left stick.
1 – Girona FC: Juan Carlos; Jordi Calavera, Ramalho, Bernardo, Antonio Luna; Monchu, Cristoforo (Mamadou Sylla, min. 58), Gumbau; Aday Benítez (Valery, min. 59), Nahuel Bustos (Pablo Moreno, min. 75) and Samu Sáiz (Pau Víctor, min. 86).
1 – UD Las Palmas: Álvaro Valles; Álvaro Lemos (Eric Curbelo, min. 79), Álex Suárez, Aythami, Jonathan (Dani Castellano, min. 90); Loiodice (Kirian, min. 79), Fabio, Sergio Ruiz; Rober, Iemmello (Edu Espiau, min.54) and Benito Ramírez (Aridai, min. 90).
Goals: 0-1, min.45: Sergio Ruiz. 1-1, min.67: Bernardo.
Referee: Luis Mario Milla Alvendiz, from the Andalusian committee. He admonished the locals Antonio Luna (min. 73) and Pablo Moreno (min. 91), and the visitor Álvaro Lemos (min. 66). He expelled, for a double yellow, the local Bernardo (min. 85 and min. 94).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the eleventh day of the Second Division league played behind empty doors at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi.