Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Girona embitters the start of the League to Real with a goal from debutant Dovbyk

Real Sociedad gave up a 1-1 draw this Saturday at the Reale Arena against a Girona team that they clearly dominated, but who equalized in a defensive oversight with the goal in the final stretch of the Ukrainian Artem Dovbykthe most expensive signing in the history of the Catalan club.

La Real began just as dominant at home as they finished last season, the summer has not affected the automatisms acquired and despite key absences such as David Silva, who has left football, or the absent Mikel Merino, who fell off the call, his game continued to be intense from the initial whistle.

The people from San Sebastián already gave a warning with the game just started in a ball that Carlos Fernández narrowly missed, but the second would no longer be a wasteful attempt but was the genesis of Take Kubo’s goal, with a great assist from Aihen Muñoz so that the Japanese scored crossed and low in minute 4.

The Catalan eleven was in a mess and was able to get into a bigger mess after a quarter of an hour when the debuting referee in the First Division, Hernández Maeso, signaled a penalty on Oyarzabal that he would annul for the relief of Girona after the appropriate VAR review.

The people from Girona, with an immaculate pre-season and a solid project for this campaign, grew as the match went on, although without actually putting Álex Remiro in serious trouble in the first 45 minutes.

The final confrontation between Le Normand and Stuani, more typical of wrestling than of a football match, ended with a yellow card for both and Girona was left without the maximum penalty that its players claimed, so the second half despite to remain open was free for Gipuzkoans.

The high rhythm of the match was maintained after the breakthe fatigue did not surface and the locals refused to speculate with a favorable result that, at this stage of the season and with the teams under construction, is a treasure.

Girona tried again and again but ronce stepped on area and even less did it worry Remiro, the goals scored during the summer (14) had no continuity in San Sebastián and Míchel’s team began to thicken as the minutes progressed.

Oyarzabal had in his boots the signature to the match when he finished off with all the intention to find the saving leg for Girona de Gazzaniga, and in a breath he would go from a possible 2-0 to the visiting draw.

The ukrainian connection it would work twenty minutes from the end (m.72). Tsygankov reached the end line and saw Dovbyk unmarked at the long post, where he launched a ball that the striker who had just arrived this week did not waste it to score his first goal with the rojiblanca shirt and give his team a point.

Data sheet:

1 – Royal Society: I remir; Traoré (Alone, min. 72), Pacheco, Le Normand, Aihen; Zubimendi, Turrientes (Olasagasti, min. 79), Brais; Kubo (Cho, min. 72), Oyarzabal (Sadiq Umar, min. 72) and Carlos Fernández (Barrenetxea, min. 58).

1 – Girona: Gazzaniga; Arnau (Bernardo, min. 90), David López, Blind, Miguel Gutiérrez, Yan Couto (Torre, min. 64); Yangel Herrera (Iván Martín, min. 85), Aleix García, Moreira (Valery, min. 64); Tsygankov and Stuani (Dovbyk, min. 64).

Goals: 1-0 min. 4: Take Kubo. 1-1 min. 72: Dovbyk.

Referee: Hernández Maeso (Extremadura Committee). He booked Le Normand, Olasagasti, Sadiq, Arnau, Stuani and Miguel Gutiérrez.

Incidents: The Reale Arena was almost full on the eve of its 30th anniversary with around 30,848 fans, of which around 500 were Girona fans.


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