Mula and Nteka sink Castellón

Two goals from Fuenlabrada sealed the victory in Castalia. Campos, and later Whalley, avoided greater evils.

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The Fuenlabrada of José Luis Oltra took three points from Castalia against a Castellón that sinks to the bottom of the table in a match in which everything happened in the first half: four goals, one of them canceled, two penalties and the VAR intervention. Juan Carlos Garrido's men improved the image after the break, especially thanks to the insistence of Marc Mateu, who came in when the match resumed in the second half, but Campos first, and then Whalley, avoided a greater evil.

The truth is that there was tension from the beginning. A long ball was enough for Kanté to stand in front of Álvaro Campos and crash the ball into the post. The referee invalidated the play, but showed the hallmark of the new Fuenlabrada de Oltra, with Nteka and Kanté always close to take advantage of each other's virtues. The idea of Castellón de Garrido is not far off: pressure and order in defense, looking for the reference of Cubillas. Without success.

It was the people of Madrid who found the passes between the lines and the depth. The first clear came from Oltra's side, putting Campos in trouble twice in the first minutes. The third time came the charm. Nteka changed rhythm on the wing, raised his head and found only Mula on the penalty spot, substitute for Iban Salvador in the eleven, who did not forgive the first touch.

Uphill game with less than ten minutes played, the team on the decline and the plan from the bench does not give much joy. From the irreverent and anarchic, but weak, Castellón by Óscar Cano; a solid one, forceful, but lacking in Garrido's ideas. And they are practically the same.

With the goal, Fuenlabrada pragmatized their game. Less risk and looking for the risk of those above. On the part of the Albinegros, without Marc Mateu, only César Díaz seemed an escape route to the pressure of the Blues. Within half an hour, the left-handed midfielder was already warming up on Castalia's wing. However, after a great action by Rubén Díez, who this time did find Cubillas, who goes to all of them, he took a penalty out of nowhere. Newcomer Bodiger took up the challenge. To the center and to the inside.

The joy lasted for two minutes. In a VAR penalty, Muñiz Ruiz received the warning and pointed to the penalty spot after a shot by Nteka that Gálvez deflected with his hand. The Frenchman planted himself in the eleven meters and beat Campos on his left side.

At the first of changes, the reaction arrived. Iago Indias rose in the sky of Castellón to tie the match, but the referee did not even have to review the action, considering that the center-back used support to execute the masterful header. It would have been a great goal. His first in professional football.

With one down, Marc Mateu entered for Carles Salvador in a clear declaration of intent for the second act. Despite the fact that Fuenlabrada continued to worry when it added troops in attack, the change changed the panorama for the locals. The following variation: Fields by Whalley. The goalkeeper, who already had physical problems from the first half, retired in pain from the field after a strong blow with Kanté. Nothing to do with substitution.

Cristóbal moved the blues with discretion, while Franchu and Mula raised their beats with their transitions. Despite the result, Oltra's men felt comfortable in Castalia and Mateu's influence, active in the first minutes, was less. Franchu and Nteka had the sentence, but a sequence of misfortunes ended with the ball in the clouds. The Valencian coach moved his wings and Pol Valentín and Pinchi entered to give no respite in the transitions. But it was Castellón, forced by circumstances, who pressed in the final stretch in search of a tie from the hand of a reborn Mateu. With more heart than head and football.



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