Getafe beats 9-man Zaragoza 1-0 in Spanish league

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Already impressive at home, 10-man Getafe collected its first away victory of the Spanish league season on Saturday by winning 1-0 at nine-man Real Zaragoza thanks to midfielder Diego Castro's penalty.

Ndri Romaric left host Zaragoza a player down in the ninth minute when he was shown a direct red card for a knee-high, studs-first tackle on Mehdi Lacen.

Zaragoza still managed to create more chances than Getafe until Alvaro Gonzalez was sent off in the second half for tripping Getafe forward Pedro Leon in front of goal.

Castro scored the resulting penalty in the 69th minute despite goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez getting a touch on his low strike, and Getafe held on after Abdelaziz Barrada was sent off for a tackle on Jose Maria Martin in the 84th.

"Luck was with us and eventually we put one in. I am thrilled with our start to the season," said coach Luis Plaza, whose Getafe had already won twice at home, against Real Madrid and a then-unbeaten Mallorca side.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, has lost five of its first seven matches and looks set for another season-long struggle to avoid relegation.

"Some of my players are crying from a sense of impotence right now," said Zaragoza coach Manolo Jimenez. "We are exhausted and the crude reality is that we have six points, even though we have deserved more."

Also on Saturday, Real Betis beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at home with goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel backing up Paulao's and Ruben Castro's goals with an inspired performance.

Betis defender Paulao muscled by his marker to meet Juan Carlos Perez's corner at the near post and head it through the arms of goalkeeper Enau Zubikarai in the 18th minute.

Castro, who had hit the woodwork earlier, sealed Betis' first win in three rounds in the 81st with a header after Adrian had denied Sociedad forward Carlos Vela on various occasions.

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