After a well-deserved week off, I got back on the 2019/20 in Pictures horse and headed to another new ground in Navalcarnero and witnessed a shock result.
My first game of the month took me to the southern fringe of the Communidad de Madrid and the town of Navalcarnero where I would watch the home team, current Tercera leaders Artístico Navalcarnero, take on Pozuelo de Alarcón.
Naval have led the league for most of the season but they’ve endured a rough run since the turn of the year, only picking up 12 points from their last ten games.
They should have taken the lead early on but wasted a golden chance as after taking the ball round the goalkeeper, the forward missed the target, hitting the post when he had the whole goal to aim for.
Things looked to still be in their favour when Pozuelo’s captain Jorge González received his second booking for a second clumsy foul just before the break.
With a man advantage, Naval gradually began to assert their dominance on the game, enjoying the majority of the possession but admittedly not troubling the Pozuelo goal.
In all honesty, since they went down to ten men, the visitors’ game plan was working quite well and they actually had the best chance, Jacobo cracking a shot against the woodwork after an incisive counter attack.
Seven minutes later, he chased down a seemingly lost cause but was aided by a calamitous lapse in concentration by the Naval goalkeeper, meaning Jacobo could pick his pocket and tap the ball into the empty net.
Naval needed something in response but they just couldn’t muster any serious efforts on goal. Pozuelo saw out the game relatively comfortably in the end.
Match Rating: 7/10
Match Cost: €5 (with ProLiga abono discount – regular price €10) 💶
While a shock result on paper (Naval are top, while Pozuelo were 11th going into the weekend) it’s fairly typical of a crazy season in Madrid’s Tercera group. Only ten points separate fifth place Trival Valderas from 17th and 18th placed San Fernando and Alcobendas.
A really entertaining season, but one that is unfortunately going to be on hold for a couple of weeks due to the escalation of the Corona Virus in Spain. La Liga (at time of writing) has announced the next two game weeks in the top two tiers will be played behind closed doors, while the Segunda B, Tercera and everything below has been suspended for two weeks.
And as a result both 2019/20 in Pictures and my bid to visit all the Tercera grounds before the end of the season are on hold.
Clearly football pales into insignificance compared to this global pandemic, measures need to be put in place to contain it and limiting inessential public gatherings is a sensible step.
Hopefully things will be back to normal soon enough!