A Castilla squad missing some star players due to international duty had to take on the challenge of facing Arenas de Getxo tonight. Martin Ødegaard, Philipp Lienhart, Achraf Hakimi and Luca Zidane were all away with their nations, whilst Abner was giving it a rest to avoid further injury. The stadium Castilla travelled to had an artificial surface, which I thought was interesting, and it did seem to affect the way the game was played, although it didn't make too much of a difference.
The game started off pretty scrappy and a midfield of Tena-Valverde-Febas were unable to get the ball down and control the play. That changed about half-way through the half as Castilla started to play their passing game, and took control of the match. They were rewarded when a good Luismi Quezada cross found Febas, who's strike was really luckily deflected into the net to give Castilla the 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long however, as Arenas attacked before finding a good cross of their own and finishing off a good move nicely. 1-1, game on! There was not enough time for anymore goals, and both teams went into half time with a goal a piece.
The second half took a while to get into, but it started to liven up when Nikos Vergos hit the bar from a silly distance out. It seems the Castilla players have a bet on about who can score from the furthest distance, and to be fair every effort I've seen has made the keeper worry. From there, Arenas then hit the post with a really good header before Castilla took control again, looking for the all important winner. Cèdres came on for Vergos in an attempt to change it up, but ultimately the change didn't work as planned and Castilla were unable to find a winning goal. The match ended 1-1.
Man of the Match was a really difficult choice to make this week, but I had a few names in my head, so I looked at some polls, asked my followers, and one name stood out the most. Aleix Febas earned the award, and added to his already brilliant start to the season! Castilla are next in action when they host UD Logroñés in a highly anticipated match-up. Be sure to read about it here!