Soria sees off Extremadura

Numancia pick up all three points in Almendralejo, earning first away win of the season

C.D. Numancia played their best game of the 2018-19 season, beating Extremadura 1-0 in Almendralejo, which meant the Rojillos picked up their first away win of the season against their hosts who had managed to get a full house owing to the importance of the points at stake.

It is a win that sees the Sorianos reach 34 points, climb up the table a little and take advantage of the fact that not one of the four teams in the relegation zone were able to earn any points on this matchday, number 27 in the second tier. The team knew today was a day when they had to pull off something important, and they did. It was not easy, but they were able to see out Extremadura’s strong start, score when they were at their best, and then defend the slim lead well, keeping a clean sheet, something that always gives a team confidence looking ahead.

The hosts started with enthusiasm and created much of the the initial danger. Firstly Pomares, and then Ortuño put Juan Carlos to the test in the first fifteen minutes. While the game was quite evenly balanced, Numancia were unable to take possession of the ball. On the occasions that they did, they tended towards precipitation when attacking Casto’s area, just when a little more composure and control would have been advisable.

As soon as Numancia were able to thread a few moves together, calmly and unhurriedly, Extremadura went to pieces. A good move by the Sorianos that began on the left and ended up on the right with Unai Medina and Nacho in the hosts’ area gave the Soria-born winger a chance to shoot. His shot came back off the post and went straight to Ganea who centred immediately, forcing another rebound that this time fell to Fran Villalba, who made no mistake and thumped the ball past Casto to open the scoring.

It was the 33rd minute, and Numancia, having survived their hosts’ early onslaught and calming the game down, were now ahead. Barely five minutes later, another great move down the left, with a one-two between Fran Villalba and Ganea, put David Rodríguez in a position to score the second, but his shot went over the bar. That move, and an angled cross from Ganea that went narrowly wide, allowed López Garai’s side to go into the dressing room feeling good about themselves at half time.

The break did the visitors little good, though, as they started the second 45 by letting the Extremeños have the ball again. The hosts made two changes in the 55th minute, bringing on fresh legs in search of the goal that would level the encounter.

With the hosts on top, in terms of play, Numancia dug in and defended resolutely, without ever being tested too much. It is true that they were poor when it came to recuperating possession, which made it difficult for them to mount anything on the break that might have closed out the game, but at the same time they did defend well and kept their opponents out in the dying minutes of the game. In the end, the three points went back to Soria, which saw off Extremadura.

Extremadura U.D.: Casto, Alex Díez, Pomares, Pardo, Nando, Olabe, Borja Granero, Fausto Tienza (Zarfino, m.  62), Ortuño (Schahin, m. 55), Reyes (Kike Marquez, m. 73), A. Perea.

  1. D. Numancia: Juan Carlos, Escassi, Ganea, David (Guillermo, m.  83), Nacho, Derik (Yeboah, m. 75), C. Gutiérrez, Medina, Gus Ledes, F. Villalba y Diamanka (Kako, m.  69).

Referee: Ais Reig (Valencian Committee). Assisted by Saenén Álvarez and Campo Hernández. Yellow cards for Kike Marquez, Pardo and Nando, Extremadura, and Guillermo, Numancia.

Goals: 0-1. Minute 33. Fran Villalba.

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