- Getafe opened the scoring after Angel struck beyond Rui Silva in the first half
- Mauro Arambarri doubled the hosts’ advantage after a thumping header
- Antonio Puertas prodded home late on but it wasn’t enough for the visitors
Angel opened the scoring for the hosts after the Getafe striker struck beyond Rui Silva
It was a feisty affair in Getafe on Thursday, with ten players going into the referee’s book
Former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado was unable to inspire a comeback for his side
Antonio Puerta pulled one back for Granada but the visitors failed to make it count
Getafe poured cold water on Granada’s dream start to the season after strikes from Angel, Mauro Arambarri and David Timor sealed a deserved win for the home side in La Liga.
Granada were looking to move to the summit of the league but struggled to get past a stubborn Getafe defence, with former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado limited to very few chances.
The first 30 minutes so sparse opportunities for either side, until Getafe striker Angel was found in open space to strike the ball beyond Rui Silva.
Getafe (4-4-2): Soria; Nyom, Cabrera (Etxeita 46), Dakonam, Suarez (Timor 68); Cucu, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Jason (Portillo 78); Mata, Angel
Subs not used: Chichizola, Enric, Kenedy, Molina
Booked: Suarez, Angel, Arambarri, Soria, Etxeita
Goals: Angel (35), Arambarri (41), Timor (88)
Manager: Pepe Bordalas
Getafe (3-4-2-1): Silva; Antonio Martinez, Duarte (Quini 46), Sanchez; Diaz, Gonalons, Brice Eteki (Azeez 68), Koybasi (Puertas 46); Machis, Ramos; Soldado
Subs not used: Escandell, Fernandez, Neva, Vadillo
Booked: Duarte, Gonalons, Sanchez, Soldado, Azeez
Goals: Puertas (74)
Manager: Diego Martinez
Referee: Jose Gonzalez
Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Perez
That was the striker’s fifth goal of the season, making him Getafe’s leading goalscorer this campaign.
The home side’s lead was doubled six minutes later as Mauro Arambarri charged onto an in-swinging corner to power a bullet header past Silva.
That goal is the first conceded by Spain’s surprise package from a set piece this season, with their defence building a reputation for their ability to defend dead ball situations.
A half time dressing down and a couple of tactical changes from Granada coach Diego Martinez greatly improved the visitors in the second half, with Domingos Duarte and Ismail Koybasi making way for Quini and Antonio Puertas.
It was a feisty affair at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Thursday night. Former Lyon man Maxime Gonalons went into the book for a late challenge while Soldado was fortunate to escape red for an angered altercation with Alan Nyom. Those were just two of ten challenges referee Jose Gonzalez deemed bookable offences.
Granada tried to make their aerial threat count with a number of resulting free kicks being swung into the Getafe penalty area.
But it was a cross swung in from out wide that Adrian Ramos headed back across goal for Antonio Puertas to stab home for the visitors.
That goal was the Spanish midfielder’s fourth goal of the season and inspired his side onto a late fight back. It wasn’t enough, however, as a stunning free kick from David Timor sealed all three points for the home side.