Lots to see in this match (thanks to VanHerLaLiga). What a penalty save by Diego Lopez. Iraola did not strike it well, but it's rare for a goalie nowadays to save a penalty without cheating off his line. And Lopez was in place until the last second. Kudos to him; those 3 points were vital. Also good work by Fuster and our goal machine Nilmar.
After watching these highlights (thanks to LigaAdelante), I wish there had been a stream of the B team game. Our backup goalie Vicente Flor gifted Hercules 2 goals, but Jefferson Montero was splendid. What a move to beat a defender down the byline, and what a sensational goal (off a great pass from Joan Tomas). Turn the defender inside and out, cut back inside, then hammer the ball past a dazed keeper. Next year (and his Spanish citizenship) cannot come soon enough. La Liga, you are on notice.
Monday news round-up:
- Game stories from the club website, Marca, Soccernet, AS, and EFE.
- Garrido and B team product Matilla talk about their first victory in La Liga.
- Make it 7 penalties and 8 red cards against, compared to 0 and 3 in favor, respectively. At least Diego Lopez is laughing.
- No rest this week in preparation for Thursday's Europa League tie with Wolfsburg, who lost 2-1 on the weekend.
- B team game stories from the club website, Marca, and AS.
EDIT- A few more links: