2019/20 in Pictures: Games 41, 42 and 43

As we move into February, I go back to the Estadio Vicente Del Bosque in the shadow of the Cuatro Torres and then head south for a double helping of action in Alcorcón.

Game 4️⃣1️⃣

In contrast to the low-key affair I witnessed last time I visited the Vicente Del Bosque, this was a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

As I mentioned last time, Adarve’s form has been poor in recent weeks and initially this looked like it would be another struggle, against relegation-threatened AD Parla, when the visitors took an early lead. It was an excellent build-up as they worked the ball across from one side of the box to the other, with Cañas eventually drilling the shot in.

It took Adarve a little while to recover from this early setback, but with half an hour gone, they struck back with a fine team goal of their own. Merchán played a neat one-two and provided the finish, sidestepping the goalkeeper and rolling the ball into the unguarded net.

Two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half put them in control. The first was an absolute rocket from Miñambres, firing in off the crossbar from distance before Quique added the third, beating the offside trap and shooting across the ‘keeper and into the far corner.

Parla looked like hitting back immediately, only for the most obvious professional foul in history from Dani Ramos taking out the forward as he prepared to tap-in. Ramos was given a straight red card but Guille in the Adarve goal saved the penalty and Parla’s belief drained away. They never looked like threatening the ten men again.

Indeed Adarve continued to look the more dangerous side and capped off the win with a fourth goal, Herranz slotting the ball home.

Match Rating: 8/10

Match Cost: (€25 Season Ticket) 💶

Game 4️⃣2️⃣

The first 91 minutes of this match were up there with some of the most unmemorable matches I’ve ever seen.

Depor goalkeeper Dani Giménez made a couple of good saves but at the other end of the pitch his colleagues, missing forward Sabin Merino who had scored four in his last five games, looked blunt and barely threatened a goal. I had all but resigned myself to accepting my second 0-0 of the season as a good result.

Then the 92nd minute happened. Depor won a free kick in a decent position, Keko crosses it into the area and Mamadou Koné headed it in. Cue pandemonium in the stands around me and on the pitch where Koné was buried under a pile of his teammates and coaching staff. It was a classic smash and grab, but it was enough to seal Depor’s seventh win in a row.

Match Rating: 4/10 for minutes 1-91 – 9/10 for minute 92!

Match Cost: €30 💶

Game 4️⃣3️⃣

This game had a lot to live up to after the conclusion to the previous one and it certainly provided plenty of drama.

Alcorcón B and Adarve were second and third heading into the weekend’s fixtures and a win would be important in terms of establishing themselves in the promotion play-off places.

It turned out to be an end-to-end contest with both sides having plenty of chances. The hosts struck first with a big deflection helping steer the ball past Guille.

Quique then levelled up matters with a fine strike from outside the area before half time.

I’m not sure how that was the end of the scoring as the second half became ever more frantic. Adarve seemed to have the better chances with the Alcorcón goalkeeper blocking one particularly powerful shot with his face and briefly being laid out on the ground.

All-in-all an excellent afternoon’s entertainment at the Anexo, sadly not the most inspiring locations for a great contest.

Match Rating: 8.5/10

Match Cost: €10 💶

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