There was no miracle in the Mediterranean. Girona did not give Almería an option, that not only did he not come back but was unable to score a goal against Juan Carlos in 180 minutes. If in Montilivi those of Francisco were a steamroller from the middle of the field forward, in the return they showed like an unapproachable rock for the Andalusian team. The Catalans will play well their fourth final in five appearances in the promotion playoff. The challenge now is to change history, since it has never gone up to the first way playoff.
The elimination confirms, instead, another huge blur for the project of the sheikh of Almería. As it happened a year ago, the incomprehensible change in the bench a few weeks before the end of the season did not work.
Despite the 3-0 in the first leg and the enormous challenge of raising such a result, Rubi pulled the closet bottom and almost completely revolutionized her eleven in search of the feat. Only Chumi, Morales, Ramazani and Sadiq repeated from the beginning. A double turn of the screw that did not have the desired effect from the beginning. Francisco anticipated Rubi’s plan and Girona aborted any possibility of a whirlwind start. At 10 seconds the ball had already gone over the local end line and after five minutes Fernando had already accumulated three interventions and four corners against.
This time the initial arreón of Francisco’s team did not find the prize of the goal, which would have finished liquidating the tie. Almería, unlike Montilivi, took less time to stretch. Y could change the course of the match if Juan Villar had been more accurate in front of goal. The attacker found several slits to squeeze through, but missed with his rapier. First, the ball was left behind when he faced Juan Carlos in the 9th minute and ten minutes later he sent his shot away with his left foot after dodging the goal from La Mancha. It is true that the final shot came at a low angle and in a forced position, but the challenge to which the Andalusians aspired demanded forcefulness and maximum efficiency.
The first of the goals set by Rubi, reaching the break without conceding and with the result in favor, was left halfway. The difficulty of the feat multiplied. More if possible given the solvency shown by Girona, who held Sadiq with an iron hand and did not allow any frank shot after Villar’s two dabbling.
The local coach further curled the curl and introduced four swings at halftime. Corpas (many still do not understand his secondary role with Rubi being the team’s second top scorer), Robertone, Balliu and Akieme entered the game to try to give amplitude and freshness to the rojiblanco game. But the action that could put emotion in the second half did not come from the sides, but from a set piece. Samu nodded and Juan Carlos made a sublime paradón. The referee, after thinking about it for a few seconds, scored a goal. But the VAR verified that the ball had not entered completely. That’s where Almería’s options disappeared.
Girona stood firm and managed to keep the game away from their area. Local arrivals increased more by push and heart than by football. But with very little danger. The marking on Sadiq remained impeccable and Francisco’s did not show a single fissure until the end of the encounter.
For the second year in a row, and undeniably, Girona will fight for promotion in the final playoff tie. His season finale and his exalted current moment make him the great favorite to return to First.
Akieme (45 ‘, Buñuel), Jose Corpas (45 ‘, Aketxe), Ibrahima Kebe (53 ‘, Gumbau), Ramon Terrats (53 ‘, Cristoforo)
Referee: Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias
VAR Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Ivanildo Fernandes (38 ‘, Yellow) Buñuel (42 ‘, Yellow) Lucas Robertone (51 ‘, Yellow) Samuel Costa (55 ‘, Yellow