CADIZ STUN HUESCA AT EL ALCORAZ
Cádiz CF enjoyed a fully deserved victory in the always difficult trip to the Estadio El Alcoraz in Huesca, somewhere they had, until now, never managed to pick up three points. Los Amarillos overcame their opponent with goals from Negredo and Pombo.
The home side began the game with their expected style, as Michel’s lads got hold of the ball for long periods of possession; whilst Los Amarillos, true to their own philosophy, waited patiently to win back the ball and hit on the counter.
Cádiz struck first in a fortuitous, yet intentional piece of play, with Álvaro Negredo exactly where he’s meant to be, in front of goal. The move began with a cross from the right by Álex that goalkeeper Andrés Fernández failed to deal with and Negredo popped up to claim his first in the yellow shirt.
Huesca, for their part, appeared uncomfortable on the pitch and with the ball, their dominance in possession proving sterile as it failed to create any sort of danger in and around Cifuentes’ area. Both passes and subsequent ball control was poor from the home team and as the clock ticked on nerves grew, with the rare couple of efforts on goal both deflected.
The second half saw Roberto Perera use his bench with careful judgement, shifting players and tactics, bringing on Bodiger and Fali for Jonsson and Cala. Subsequently, Augusto and Malbasic’s introductions were also key, as the Argentine propped up the middle of the park and the Balkan provided the assist for Pombo.
Cádiz effectively killed the game in the final period with a great goal from the head of Pombo finishing off a brilliant Malbasic attack down the left. A Balkan cross, and an Aragonese headed goal.
As the game drew to a close, there was a dangerous moment for Cádiz in which Alberto Cifuentes played a massive role to prevent Mosquera making it 1-2. The game was stopped for several minutes as VAR got involved, with the check being over whether or not the ball had fully crossed the line, which it had. After consultation, however, the referee waved on play as, although the ball had indeed crossed the line, a player from the home team had been offside in the move.