2020/21 in Pictures: Games 12, 13 and 14

It’s the last update of 2020 as Spanish football gets ready to take a mid-season break. I think I deserve a little bit of time off too!

Game 1️⃣2️⃣

⚽️ CD Los Yébenes – San Bruno v CD Ursaria

🏟 Campo de Fútbol Eustasio Casallo

🏆 Madrid Preferente, Group 2

📅 13.12.2020

💶 €5

A significant milestone was reached on 13th December as I clocked up ground number 💯 on Futbology App. I was supposed to be going to CD Barajas for this, but their game was cancelled on Friday night due to a positive Covid-19 test.

So fortunately there were plenty of alternatives and I was able to head down to the Campo Eustasio Casallo near Metro Laguna for my Sunday football fix.

It was a nice morning and only €5 in to the ground, that said there were plenty of people who interrupted their morning stroll in the park to watch the game through the fence.

Most of the action was in the first half, as visitors CD Ursaria wasted no time in taking control of the game. The first goal came after a move straight off the training ground – a corner being played low into the box and the attacker dummying as it came through to his teammate who found the net with a low finish.

Los Yébenes then contributed to their own downfall with the second, the goalkeeper coming we’ll off his line to try and intercept the ball but he was beaten by the forward who quickly squared it to his strike partner for a tap-in.

Bar Watch: There is a bar on site, but sadly it was closed to the public.

Shop Watch: No merchandise was on sale on the day, though I spotted a few red, yellow and blue scarves among the home fans.

Match Rating: 6/10 – It was all a bit too easy for Ursaria after their two first half goals, Los Yébenes never looked like pulling it back and the visitors were content to play it out.

Game 1️⃣3️⃣

⚽️ Madrid CFF 1-1 Deportivo Abanca

🏟 Estadio Nuevo Matapiñonera, San Sebastián de los Reyes

🏆 Primera Iberdrola

📅 19.12.2020

💶 Free (Press Access)

Back to the Women’s league for the first time since the end of October for what promised to be an intriguing game.

Madrid CFF were coming off a historic victory against Atlético Madrid, while Deportivo had won two games on the bounce, putting their dreadful start to the season behind them.

The visitors would have felt at home at Matapiñonera on Saturday afternoon, the weather was decidedly Galician, starting off foggy before rain came in during the warm-up. However, it was the hosts that started the better and Depor were indebted to goalkeeper Noe Bermúdez for a great double save which kept them level going into the break.

Madrid did go in front early in the second half, as Macarena Portales slipped the ball through to Geyse who exploited a moment of indecision between Bermúdez and Stephannie Blanco to score.

Depor didn’t really look like threatening the scoreboard until the final few minutes, but they went close twice in quick succession as the clock ticked over into stoppage time, María Sampalo making two great saves to seemingly preserve her side’s victory.

Then, right at the death, a twist in the tail. Madrid were breaking, looking to score a second goal when the assistant ref raised her flag for offside. It seemed harsh as it looked like the offending pass had been played sideways, but while they complained, Depor took the free kick quickly and Peke, with her first clear sight of goal all game, went for goal, and with the aid of a slight deflection, beat Sampalo to level the scores.

Bar Watch: Still no supporters, so no on-site refreshments.

Shop Watch: As above. I must try and make it to a Sanse game in the new year and see if they have a shop at their games there.

Match Rating: 7/10 – A match of some decent football in terrible conditions, albeit not one rich in goalmouth action. It seems that whenever I go and see a Depor team this year, there just has to be late drama.

Game 1️⃣4️⃣

⚽️ RCD Carabanchel 1-1 Alcorcón B

🏟 Estadio La Mina de Carabanchel, Madrid

🏆 Tercera Division, Group 7

📅 20.12.2020

💶 €10

A long overdue return to La Mina would prove to be the perfect way to round off this year of football.

RCD Carabanchel are operating an interesting system at their home games. Season ticket holders have priority, so if you’re not one of them, you put your name on a list when you arrive and wait to be called. Fortunately, despite my name being quite far down the list, I was able to get myself a ticket.

La Mina is a great ground, you’re nice and close to the action and as I was sitting close to the singing section, the atmosphere was excellent. The game managed to match it too.

There was very little between the two teams on the day, a crisp, dry morning helped both teams play excellent football on the artificial surface and the action zipped rapidly from one end to another.

There wouldn’t be any goals until the second half, the opener coming when Alcorcón B sprang the feeble Carabanchel offside trap, allowing César Gómez to run clear and slot home.

But the hosts weren’t behind for long, José Luis Cortés finishing off a great team move from close range to equalise.

Bar Watch: After being shut on my only previous visit back in April 2019, the bar at La Mina was open along with its huge terraza. However, due to having to wait for my name to be called for a ticket, I wasn’t able to nip in pre-match and it was a bit busy afterwards.

Shop Watch: The club shop window appears to have been converted into a taquila at the moment. There was no sign of merchandise on sale when I purchased my ticket though given the number of replica shirts and Cara-branded face masks on display, it’s definitely possible to get some. I already had a scarf from my previous visit anyway.

Match Rating: 8/10 – I had a really fun morning down at La Mina. The game was end-to-end and there could easily have been many more goals.

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