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Coliseum Alfonso Perez (ATT 5,600) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Antonio Lahoz

Getafe Getafe vs Espanyol Espanyol

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Espanyol held at Getafe

Last Updated: 01/03/14 9:49pm

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Javier Aguirre's side had to settle for a point

Javier Aguirre's side had to settle for a point

Espanyol's hopes of surging into Europa League contention suffered a setback on Saturday evening as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Getafe.

The Periquitos had the chance to move to the brink of the European qualification places with victory and if other results went their way, but finished the day still in mid-table and just six points above their hosts.

Javier Aguirre's side headed to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez having won two of their previous three Primera Division matches, but could not find a way through the Getafe defence.

Espanyol's Francisco Casilla was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages, tipping an Angel Lafita curler around the post and getting his body in the way of Ciprian Marica's close-range volley.

Rechel Sidnei fired wide in the 22nd minute in the visitors' best opening of the first half, with Sergio Garcia then drilling a left-footed blast straight at Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Moya.

Chances continued to be few and far between in the second half, Jhon Cordoba lashing a long-range attempt wide for Espanyol just after the restart.

Angel Lafita could have broken the deadlock for Getafe seven minutes later but failed to get a proper connection on his header from Juan Rodriguez's cross.

Getafe had to make a change between the posts just before the hour, Jordi Codina introduced in place of the injured Moya.

Pedro Leon tried his luck on a couple of occasions in the final 12 minutes, the first punched away by Casilla and the second off-target.

The visitors had one final glimmer of making the breakthrough deep in stoppage time, but Luis Pizzi's drilled shot from 12 yards was comfortably caught by Codina.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20