There may have already been celebrations in Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s Real side won both La Liga and the Champions League this season but there will now be cause for even more as Segunda Liga outfit Getafe booked their place in the Spanish top flight last night.
In what has been something of an arduous Spanish season for clubs in the Segunda Liga especially when you consider that their season only ended last night. Yes that’s right they were still playing in the middle of June, that in itself is insane. Even more so when you consider the 30 degrees plus temperatures they are currently dealing with.
In what was a 2 legged playoff to see who would be the third and final team to be promoted to La Liga this season, Tenerife travelled to Getafe with a slender 1-0 advantage from the opening encounter. Getafe may have been behind going into the return but they had the all important home advantage.
And it is one that they would make full use of when they took the lead early on. All of Getafe’s goals had a Premier League connection last night with their early opener being scored by former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Farulin.
His left foot volley on 8 minutes meant that the tie was now level and on a knife edge. Getafe’s tails were up and they would be even more so just four minutes later on when former Liverpool player Dani Pacheco would double the home side’s lead and put them 2-1 ahead on aggregate.
Tenerife were somewhat stunned after the early blitzkrieg from Getafe but they did find a way back into the game, again it was just another four minutes after a goal had been scored. A Gaku Shibasaki cross was met at the front post by Tony Lozano and he slid home to push Tenerife ahead on away goals in the tie
No whether away goals is something that should be utilised in a promotion playoff of this magnitude is something that is up for debate but Getafe made sure that was not going to be factor as they scored a third first half strike. Again Dani Pacheco was on hand to thrash home and he would end up being the hero of the hour.
After a frenetic first half of action there were to be no goals after the restart and that meant that Pacheco would be the toast of Getafe last night as his brace of strikes meant that the side that is based just outside of Madrid will be once again going head to head with the likes of Real and Atletico.
Here is the best of the action from last night