Almeria secured a vital 1-0 victory at home to Getafe today, a win that lifts them above Real Valladolid and out of the La Liga bottom three.
A win looked unlikely in the first half. Getafe had more possession, and looked more of a threat when they had the ball. They were particularly unlucky in the twentieth minute when midfielder Michel had the ball in the net, only for it to be wrongly ruled offside.
By half time, Almeria were hanging on. A Lopez header that cannoned back of the crossbar was just one of the efforts that should have given the away side a lead. Getafe seemed dejected to go in nil-nil at half-time. They were without a win in six and their lack of confidence showed in the second half.
On 49 minutes, Suso swung over a corner that was met by a fantastic leap from Jonathan Sundy Zongo. His powerful header flew straight past Moya in the Getafe goal. Almeria had the lead that they barely deserved, but held onto it resolutely – despite panicking at every cross that came into their box.
Getafe continued to press but their quality in the final third was lacking. This season’s La Liga is tight at both top and bottom, many more displays like this could see Getafe looking nervously over their shoulder.