Getafe hit back to earn point
Getafe twice came from behind to share the spoils with Almeria in a 2-2 draw at the Coliseu Alfonso Perez.
Last Updated: 23/08/13 11:07pm
Getafe twice came from behind to share the spoils with Almeria at the Coliseu Alfonso Perez, as both teams picked up their first points in the Primera Division this season after a 2-2 draw.
Rodri opened the scoring for the visitors after half an hour, but his goal was immediately cancelled out at the other end by Angel Lafita.
Fernando Soriano put the Andalusians back in front before the break, but Diego Castro levelled four minutes from the end from the penalty spot.
Both sides lost their opening games of the season and were keen to get on to a positive footing in their second match.
Getafe began the game brightly, with Medhi Lacen, Lafita and Pablo Sarabia all going close to scoring within the opening five minutes.
The visitors did not pose any problems for Luis Garcia's side until around 20 minutes into the game, but then began to look the better side.
Aleix Vidal sent a shot over the bar before Suso, who is loan from Liverpool, came close to scoring from an individual effort but saw his shot go just wide of the post.
Almeria did take the lead on 30 minutes, when Rodri ran onto a through-ball by Suso and shot beyond Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya.
It was 23-year-old's third goal in just two games for Almeria, who he joined on loan from Barcelona B in the summer.
Getafe responded superbly and were level less than a minute later when Sarabia got down the right wing to cross to Lafita, who headed in from close range.
Six minutes after that, Almeria restored their lead, Soriano pouncing on a loose ball and driving it into the net after his team-mate Vidal's shot from the edge of the area was blocked.
Francisco Javier Rodriguez's side could have extended their lead early in the second half, with Soriano firing just over the bar, and Moya then making a superb save to keep out a volley from Verza.
The Getafe stopper was called into action again later on to deny Suso as Almeria kept pushing for the goal that would have sealed the points.
However, the hosts were awarded a penalty late in the game, when Lafita was tripped by Almeria defender Rafita.
Diego Castro stepped up to take the penalty and scored, but was ordered to re-take it by the referee. His second spot-kick was poorly struck but bounced off Almeria goalkeeper Esteban's body and, to the relief of the forward, rolled into the net.
Almeria had a glorious chance to snatch a winner in the final minute. The visitors countered quickly following a Getafe corner and substitute Oscar Diaz ran through on goal and rounded Moya, but his shot was blocked by a defender.