Substitute for the second game in a row, Iago Aspas arrived late to lead Celta’s revolution, which lost 3-2 against Getafe despite a reaction led by the star of the Galician team in the second action. Jaime Mata, with a double, canceled the appearance of a man who did not count for Rafael Benítez in the last games and who gave a football lesson on the Coliseum grass.
With good feelings on the last day in Pamplona, Rafael Benítez chose to change the eleven that gave him good results against Osasuna. 0-3, with Iago Aspas on the bench and with a relatively defensive system, worked a week ago. But not at the Coliseum, where his team only fueled when Iago Aspas appeared on the field. In the past, Benítez chose to play with three center backs to lock himself in at the back. He reverses his plan and comes out badly.
He wants his players to practically follow the kind of approach that Getafe sometimes repeats. Excellent rear locking, quick release and plenty of power. Perhaps, too much, because the Celta players came out too strong and too strong in the match. Any split ball was a treasure for the Galician team, who found themselves with a tough nut to crack.
And Getafe knows how to play it well. He accepted the battle and his victim lasted only 41 minutes, where Borja Mayoral opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the course. José Bordalás’ men equipped themselves with patience and sacrificed play for the physical battle. And they won it.
In that script, the battle becomes an exciting show where opportunities are seen in their absence. Celta barely tried a missile from a free kick launched by Ristic and a header from Unai Núñez. No one appeared in the three suits. Like Greenwood’s attempt, sending the ball into the Coliseum stands from outside the area.
And, precisely, it is Greenwood, an apparently disinterested player, who changes the game when he wants to. In the last ten minutes he changed and things finally happened. And, the first, in a game started by the Englishman on the right wing, and which ended with a cross from Diego Rico from the left, Mayoral’s goal came. Earlier, that cross from Rico was hit by Jordi Martín and the Getafe scorer collected the rebound to score with a header at will.
It didn’t take long for Greenwood to do his thing again and just before the break he grabbed the ball on the right wing to speed past Ristic and open the way for Getafe’s second. Guaita avoided his goal but not that of Jaime Mata, who, like Mayoral, was alert, collected the rebound to score the second.
Getafe’s two goals, on the stroke of half-time, were a blow to Celta, who tried to get back on track with the almost immediate departure of Iago Aspas and Allende. Benítez rearranged his players, imposed a 4-4-2 with many fangs and tried to find a point that seemed impossible. However, Celta have been slowly cornered by Getafe with Aspas leading the operations. The light blue player gave a ‘master class’ in soccer and changed his team.
The collection of meaningful passes, filtered balls and changes of pace is huge. Aspas took it upon himself to upset Celta, who in the last half of the game closed the gap with Strand Lersen’s goal. Of course, Aspas started the game with a pass between the lines to Manquillo, who put a measured cross over the head of the Norwegian where he beat Soria.
Getafe will just have to pray that Aspas’ inspiration stops. Twenty minutes were left to withstand Celta’s attacks. He didn’t get it. Aspas are many. He still had time to filter another luxury ball alone by Tadeo Allende against Soria. The Argentine did not fail, tied with Celta, enjoyed the glory and in the last rush of Getafe they hit the smack.
Again, one action by Greenwood made the difference. The English winger put in a cross that Jaime Mata sent into the net in the 88th minute, with a shot between the head and the shoulder, and the Aspas-led revolution erupted with joy in a stadium that was -suffer to the end because of error. the best player in Celta’s history.