Sandaza goal leaves Girona one game away from top flight
The dismissal of Mas left Girona with ten men in the 74th minute but Sandaza net the winner just minutes later. Girona's fate is now in their own hands going into the last match of the season.
Girona are one game away from the First Division. All they have to do in their final match of the season next weekend is equal the result of Sporting and they are promoted.
Sandaza’s goal was worth its weight in gold for a Girono side who played with ten men following the dismissal of Carles Mas before finishing the game with nine. Mallorca deserved more from the match but Becerra was a wall.
At the start of the match neither team seemed to have come out in the right frame of mind but as the minutes progressed Mallorca took advantage of the pressure that weighed on Girona – from the goals of Sporting. Girona were without Pere Pons, Eloi Amagat and Álex Granell and the visitors did not make the most of the ball in their visitors’ half. Luckily for Girona, they had Isaac Becerra and after 18 minutes he made a good save to deny Brandon. Girona tried pushing forward but after half an hour Machín’s men could not find spaces in the Mallorca defence.
In the second half Becerra hardly had a minute before he was forced into saves to deny Brandon and then Martí, the latter from outside the area. As in the first half, Mallorca looked closer to a goal and Girona could not find any solutions to counter the home pressure.
Even so, when Girona did manage to carve out a good chance they should have had the lead just after the hour mark. Juncá created the danger but Mata could not make it count. After that, Machín called on Felipe and Aday and set his side up to dominate possession and lay siege to the home goal of Miño but the dream looked to have faded when Carles Mas was given his second booking of the match and his team were left with ten men. This time was strong in adversity, however, as Fran Sandaza showed in the 77th minute. He and Mata linked well and the former did not fail in his one-on-one with Miño. Girono continued to suffer right up until the end and Richi Álvarez was given his marching orders in added time. The bad news is that for the last match Girona will have some absences but their fate is in their own hands. If they will they will be in the top flight.