Getafe – Real Sociedad: Sociedad Stung by Mata Brace (2-1)
Getafe’s clash with Real Sociedad offered two teams vying for Champions League football the chance to rediscover their rhythm. The hosts grabbed the opportunity, strangling Sociedad with their aggression and intensity in the first half. Though the visitors battled their way back into the contest, Jaime Mata's timely intervention sealed a crucial result for Getafe near the end.
Tactical analysis by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Getafe, marked by an intense and combative style of play, have mounted another strong campaign under the command of José Bordalás. However, a four-game winless streak has seen the hosts drop off in the race for Champions League qualification; now that they’re trailing by five points, a win was vital to keep pace with Sevilla in fourth.
Likewise, Real Sociedad have struggled for form since the resumption of LaLiga football. With their centerpiece Martin Ødegaard battling through niggles to play, the guests have lacked their normal fluidity in possession. Lagging behind in seventh place, victory over a direct rival was paramount.
Bordalás lined up his side in their archetypal 4-4-2 shape. The manager made one enforced alteration to the starting eleven at center-back, as Chema Rodríguez replaced the suspended Djené Dakonam.
On the other hand, Alguacil deviated from his usual 4-2-3-1 shape, setting up the guests in a 5-2-3 formation. As a result, center-backs Robin Le Normand and debutant Jon Pacheco both started. In addition, Igor Zubeldia anchored a midfield without Ødegaard, who sat on the bench.
Getafe bully Sociedad into submission
Despite their poor form, the hosts seized the initiative . . .