Colunga’s second-half brace powers Getafe past Espanyol

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Updated: September 29, 2013

Barcelona, Spain (Sports Network) – Adrian Colunga scored twice in the final
20 minutes as Getafe claimed a 2-0 win at Espanyol on Sunday.

The home side sustained its first defeat of the season in midweek to
Villarreal, and Colunga’s second-half brace handed them a second setback in
quick succession, while Getafe moves into the top half of the league.

Colunga was dangerous throughout the game as Getafe had the better chances in
the opening 45 minutes, although the match remained scoreless.

Joan Capdevila nearly put Espanyol ahead after the break with a wonderful
volley that forced a diving save from goalkeeper Miguel Moya.

But Colunga instead fired his side in front shortly after the introduction of
substitute Pablo Sarabia, who was instrumental in both goals.

Sarabia set up the first five minutes after entering the match, and Getafe
stayed in front thanks to a goal line clearance from Lopez Rafa on a header
from Espanyol’s Diego Colotto.

Colunga then secured the win in stoppage time when he scored from Sarabia’s
pass after the substitute pulled the ball back from the end line.

Real Betis 1, Villarreal 0

Seville, Spain – Villarreal squandered a chance to climb into third place on
Sunday as the team suffered its first defeat of the season, a 1-0 setback at
Real Betis to a first-half goal from Nosa Igiebor.

The home side fully deserved all three points as they took the game to the
Yellow Submarine, and Igiebor made the most of a chance in the 36th minute
when he followed up Joan Verdu’s parried shot to score on the rebound.

Neither side was able to put together any sustained pressure in the second
half, but Villarreal did have a late penalty appeal turned down when Javier
Aquino appeared to be taken down by Real Betis defender Antonio Amaya inside
the area.

But the referee wasn’t interested and Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia
Toral was sent off in the closing stage of the game.

Levante 1, Osasuna 0

Navarra, Spain – Osasuna lost for the sixth time in seven games on Sunday as
the club dropped a 1-0 decision at home to Levante courtesy of an 88th-minute
goal from Jordi Xumetra.

Osasuna controlled the play for long periods of the game, but the home side
gave away a penalty kick in the 87th minute when Jordan Loties fouled
Levante’s Ruben Garcia inside the penalty area.

Papakouli Diop’s spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Andres Fernandez, but
Xumetra was quickest to react and he scored on the rebound.

Levante extends its unbeaten streak to six games since losing to Barcelona on
the opening weekend of the season.

Elche 1, Celta Vigo 0

Vigo, Spain – Elche claimed its first win of the season on Sunday with a 1-0
road triumph at Celta Vigo thanks to a second-half goal from Javier Marquez.

The win is Elche’s first in the top flight since the club’s last appearance in
the 1988-89 season, while Celta has lost three of its last four games in La
Liga.

Elche midfielder Gil Vicent struck the post just before halftime, but his team
made the most of a rare chance in the second half to snatch the win.

Marquez raced into the area and drove a low shot across the face of goal past
goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez and into the net off the far post.