Girona can afford to be a little happy (2-0)


The Cup, for small clubs, is a dream box. It allows them to get their heads around and forget the anonymity with which they usually live, isolate themselves from problems and try to be a little happy because this is a competition that shares few sorrows and many laughs. Because when you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to regret. Girona knows this well enough, now that two years have passed since that night of fantasy at the Wanda Metropolitano in which they eliminated Atlético de Madrid. This year he keeps hope alive and is already in the round of 16 after eliminating Cádiz (2-0) with a double by Valery, the boy from L’Escala. Precisely, he was the author of one of the goals that night in Madrid. There are things that are predestined.

With the League parked until next weekend, Girona has presented a mix of starters and substitutes that has managed to keep Cadiz at bay, a rival of higher category. Francisco wants everyone plugged in and hands out minutes. And the team competes, accompanied by a trajectory in the Cup that will serve to gain confidence in the League. And to get a little passionate, he was already playing. With a key role for the home team: Valery was the main protagonist with his goals but those who also shone were Arnau, on the left and youth side, and Kebe, firmly in the middle of the field. Not all is lost.

If the Andalusians have done nothing, except for a couple of details of Pombo, it is thanks to the good version of a Girona that continues to grow. But it must be said that offensively his first half has not attracted much attention. Without ideas, Samu Saiz, Bárcenas, Valery and Bustos have run aground. Dominance and danger do not always go hand in hand. An opportunity of Valery, innocent in the closing – it would be the exception; a header from Bernardo and a goal disallowed in Ramalho has been the only credible way out of the monotony.

Classification in ten minutes

The second part has already been different. Three minutes have passed since Valery has drilled the nets taking advantage of a great assist from Bustos. The round of 16 was already closer. They could have been even more, but the Argentine striker himself has fallen asleep in an action that has taken too long to assist Samu Saiz when Cadiz had been encouraged to leave space. No problem, it’s Valery’s Cup, which didn’t turn down a delight from Samu Saiz for writing his name in golden letters in the playoffs.

With such a clear advantage, Francisco has given minutes to Cristhian Stuani, who debuted this 2021. He has also played Pau Víctor, another reason to brag. Álvaro Cervera, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass. Cadiz, who regretted Akapo’s serious injury, did not tickle. And Girona, who have a formidable schedule in the league ahead of them – Espanyol, Mallorca and Leganés in a row – are already expecting a rival in the next round. Who knows if the Cup will continue to distribute small doses of happiness. Because even though everyone knows that the most important thing is the League, no one is bitter about a good afternoon.


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