Cartagena Come from Behind to Take the Points

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 3, 2017 21:21

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Cartagena Come from Behind to Take the Points

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By Satish Sekar at the Estadio Municiapal Cartagonova © Satish Sekar (October 15th 2017)

Fine Margins

The international break over – you wouldn’t notice in Segunda B División anyway – Cartagena must wonder what they had done to offend the football gods in the first half against San Fernando, but whatever had caused offence had been put right for the second, as the hosts recovered from a goal down at half time to win 3-1.

Aketxe Barrutia got the equaliser and a Moises García brace sealed the points. Aketxe had been profligate in the first half – he could have, should have had a half time brace to give Alberto Monteagudo’s side a comfortable lead at half time, but instead referee Mateo Busquets Ferrer made the controversial calls that left the visitors holding a lead.

Pedro Rios’ 42nd minute penalty was cancelled out by Aketxe after 59 minutes. Moises García stepped up to score two close range efforts after 68 and 80 minutes to give Cartagena all three points – they deserved them.

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Rewards

A harsh penalty against Jesus Álvaro when it looked ball to hand gave Pedro Rios the opportunity to put San Fernando ahead, against the run of play. He gave Pau Torres no chance. A minute later chants of ‘hijo-de-puta’ rang out as the referee ruled out an equaliser.

Aketxe finally got his goal – after 59 minutes a close range header and ten minutes later Moises García put Cartagena ahead from close range. Aketxe had spurned the opportunity to give Cartagena an early lead. Hugo Rodríguez’ cross from the left wing begged for a finish but Aketxe’s header gave Toni Doblas the chance to make an acrobatic save – a yard either side and it was 1-0 as it should have been.

At the end Carri’s long range freekick went just wide, Aketxe must have wondered why he was not on the score-sheet. Just before half time his shot from the left beat Doblas at his near post, only for it to hit the post roll across the goal-line to hit the other post and stay out. It seemed like it would not be his day, but it proved to be a game of two halves for him.

Bizarre

He had far better luck from close range in the second half, and the visitors were lucky not to lose defender Lolo Guerrero midway through the second half. His violent conduct, an elbow against Sergio Jiménez, deserved more than the yellow card Busquets Ferrer raced over to award him. Cartagena players were rightly incensed as no further punishment can be handed out due to the yellow card.

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When asked about the incident San Fernando’s coach José Pérez Herrera answered in Wengeresque style: “I was too far away to see it”, he said. His opposite number, Cartagena’s Alberto Monteagudo was more phlegmatic, accepting the decision is final even though technology could have demonstrated that a red card was deserved.

Adding insult to injury Moises García was booked for dissent when given offside from the resulting free-kick. He had the last laugh though, grabbing a brace on 68 and 80 minutes, both from close range to ensure that Cartagena got the win that they deserved.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 3, 2017 21:21