– an English fan’s view on the beautiful game direct from the stands of UD Las Palmas, Paul Gilliam is…
7th September 2014
After drawing away last week at Mallorca, Las Palmas were looking to get back to winning ways with the possibility of going to 2nd spot in the league.
Right from the start LP created a good chance with the Lugo defence only manage to clear for a corner. The following corner was well defended by the visitors.
After just 6mins LP suffered their first booking. Lugo first attack of the game lead to Angel cruelly bringing down the visitor’s centre forward. 14mins in it was Lugo’s turn for their player to get a booking, another great move down the right by LP and lively Araujo was brought down right on the edge of the box. The resulting freekick was just wide.
Another free kick in the 25th minute was well saved by the Lugo Keeper.
36mins – Lugo’s first real attacked resulting in a corner which was well defended by the home team.
In the 42nd minute the best chance of the 1st half fell to LP, another good run by Araujo and a perfect squared passed to Angel on the penalty spot, but the big central defender soft shot was easily saved by the keeper.
HT = Las Palmas 0 Lugo 0
In a crazy opening the 2nd min of the 2nd half saw the first save by Raul, the home keeper. From the resulting corner, LP broke forward and after a couple of quick neat passes, that man again Araujo got his 3rd goal of the season with a well taken shot from just inside the box.
63mins – Lugo got their best chance of the game from a good advance down the left but shot was well saved by the home keeper with the ball very calmly headed back to him by the home team’s central defender after the ball rebounded into the danger area of the 6 yard box.
70mins – LP made it 2-0, A free kick from 25yards out hit the post with the Lugo keeper beaten and Guzman on hand for a simple tap in from 5 yards.
78mins – More attacking pressure from LP and a deflected shot fell perfectly for the Argentinian on loan from Boca Juniors, Araujo, made it 3-0.
80mins – Another standing ovation from the home crowd for the Argentinian as he was replaced by another of the crowd’s favourites, the man from Arguineguín, Valeron.
The last 10mins saw the home side take charge and Valeron controlling the midfield. They created another 2 good chances which saw Lugo clear one off the line and the away Keeper make another good save.
A crowd of 13,240 ( 5 away fans, which I counted!!) went home very happy after another impressive display by a very young, attacking and fast paced home side. If they can keep these performances up, and keep the Argentinian fit and injury free, exciting times lie ahead for Las Palmas, particularly if they maintain their 2nd place position or move up to the top spot.
MATCH FACTS = LAS PALMAS 3 V LUGO 0 , 52% possession to 48% ; Araujo is now the league’s top scorer with 4 goals in 3 games.
|79||G||GOAL (Las Palmas): Scored by S. Araújo|
|67||G||GOAL (Las Palmas): Scored by Guzmán|
|47||G||GOAL (Las Palmas): Scored by S. Araújo|