Almería 3-2 Girona: Girona’s big fightback just falls short

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Almería eased past Girona in a 3-2 victory on Thursday at Estadio Del Mediterráneo. Almería arrived at the match looking to pick up more points after losing 3-1 to Real Betis in their last match. Girona were struggling for form following a draw in their last match. Almería and Girona are 13th, (10 points) and 18th, (8 points), spots respectively, after 10 matches.

Almería dominated the first half, when Leo Baptistao gave them the lead, at 13 minutes. Almería looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from El Bilal Toure, 17 minutes in to establish a 2-0. Almería looked to have the match under control when they scored again to grab the advantage, thanks to a goal from Adri Embarba, 38 minutes in to establish a 3-0. However, Girona hit back though via a Rodrigo Riquelme goal just before half-time, which saw the first half end 3-1.

Girona took the initiative in the second half, thanks to a goal from Cristhian Stuani in the 83rd minute, seing the match finish 3-2.

Substitutions for Almería included Samu, Largie Ramazani, Pozo, Chumi and Francisco Portillo for Leo Baptistao, Gonzalo Melero, Adri Embarba, El Bilal Toure and Lucas Robertone, respectively. Girona replaced Manu Vallejo, Yan Couto, Valery Fernandez and Toni Villa with Valentin Castellanos, Martinez Arnau, Miguel Gutierrez and Rodrigo Riquelme.

There were bookings for Largie Ramazani from Almería. For Girona, Yangel Herrera, Santiago Bueno and Bernardo Espinosa saw yellow.

Almería will next travel to Villarreal, while Girona will face Osasuna at home.

Technical card:
Almería:Fernando Martinez, Houboulang Mendes, Rodrigo Ely, Srdjan Babic, Sergio Akieme, Leo Baptistao (Samu, min.64), Lucas Robertone (Francisco Portillo, min.84), Gonzalo Melero (Largie Ramazani, min.64), César De La Hoz, Adri Embarba (Pozo, min.72) and El Bilal Toure (Chumi, min.84)
Girona:Juan Carlos, Martinez Arnau (Yan Couto, min.69), Santiago Bueno, Miguel Gutierrez (Valery Fernandez, min.79), Bernardo Espinosa, Aleix Garcia, Oriol Romeu, Rodrigo Riquelme (Toni Villa, min.79), Yangel Herrera, Valentin Castellanos (Manu Vallejo, min.69) and Cristhian Stuani
Stadium:Estadio Del Mediterráneo
Goals:Leo Baptistao (1-0, min. 13), El Bilal Toure (2-0, min. 17), Adri Embarba (3-0, min. 38), Rodrigo Riquelme (3-1, min. 47) and Cristhian Stuani (3-2, min. 83)