– an English fan’s view on the beautiful game direct from the stands of
UD Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.
Paul Gilliam is…
After a good away point last weekend against Real Betis 0-0, Las Palmas look to get back to where they belong against 5th from bottom Numancia who ironically LP beat on Thursday night 2-0 at home in the Copa Del Rey cup, the equivalent to the English F.A. CUP.
After a slow start the first chance of the match fell to LP in the 12min.
A good cross field ball from the left finds Araujo who controls well with his chest but shoots over from a tight angle.
21mins – A Good quick break by LP ends with a shot from Hernan on the edge of the box but his shot goes straight to the Numancia keeper.
33mins in and more pressure from LP with a excellent deep cross to the far post finding Culio who’s header flies back across the goal to the far corner leaving the visiting keeper with no chance. 1-0 LP. This is Culio’s 1st goal of the season.
45mins – Another good shot by the lively Culio, well saved. HT – Las Palmas 1 Numancia 0.
A great goal by LP has opened up the match and a few ½ chances to increase their lead. Numancia has come with a game plan to put 9 men behind the ball and frustrate the home team and stop them playing but they will need to be more attacking in the 2nd half if they want to get something from this game.
55mins – first couple of real attacks from Numancia but wasted by the final ball into the box.
60mins – The goal scorer Culio picks up his 2nd yellow card of the game with a controversial tackle which looked rather soft but has put LP down to 10 men with 1/2hour left to play.
65mins – The sending off has really upset the home fans and every time there is a foul by the visitors the fans are shouting for yellow cards and putting the pressure on the referee. They feel hard done by for the sending off of Culio.
68mins – Numancia are trying to make the extra man count and have 2 corners in a row but they come to nothing.
78mins – More pressure and corners for the visitors but some excellent last ditch tackles by the home defence keeps them out.
80mins – Another corner for Numancia which hits the bar from a header. Lucky escape for LP.
81min – A good curling free kick on the edge of the box by LP, well saved by the keeper.
84mins – 3 more yellow cards given to the visitors, seems the ref is trying his best to level the sides up to 10 men each.
87mins – a good move down the right by Numancia as they keep the pressure on the home team but the shot is high and wide.
90mins – LP break quick but fail to score despite it being 3 on 2. The resulting corner, a well worked moved from the right and some neat passing leads to an excellent finish in the top right hand corner by Herman. LP 2-0 .
Final Score Las Palmas 2 Numancia 0