Getafe beats 9-man Zaragoza 1-0 in Spanish league

JOSEPH WILSON The Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Ten-man Getafe beat nine-man Real Zaragoza 1-0 on Saturday with a penalty from Diego Castro for its first away victory of the Spanish league season.

Ndri Romaric left host Zaragoza a player down in the ninth minute when he was shown a direct red card for a knee-high, studs-first tackle on Mehdi Lacen.

Zaragoza still managed to create more chances than Getafe until Alvaro Gonzalez was ejected in the second half for tripping Getafe's Pedro Leon in front of goal.

Castro scored the resulting penalty for the 69th-minute winner, despite goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez getting a touch on his low strike.

Getafe's Abdelaziz Barrada was sent off for a tackle on Jose Maria Martin in the 84th.

Also on Saturday, Oscar Gonzalez scored with a header in the 82nd minute for Valladolid to escape with a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Espanyol, while Rayo Vallecano netted twice in the first half to beat visiting Deportivo La Coruna 2-1.

Last-place Espanyol was reduced to 10 men in the 45th when Victor Alvarez received a second booking. But it showed more intent after halftime and deservedly went ahead through Joan Verdu's penalty in the 70th after striker Samuele Longo had been fouled in the box.

After Oscar turned in Patrick Ebert's corner to level, Verdu appeared to have snatched the win in added time, only to be ruled offside.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino will now be under even more pressure after having won just two of a possible 21 points.

Rayo's victory over Deportivo broke a three-game losing run for the modest Madrid-based club.

Francisco "Piti" Medina finished off a team attack in the 18th minute, and Jose Carlos Fernandez doubled the hosts' lead at Vallecas stadium in the 29th.

Luis "Pizzi" Afonso pulled one back for Deportivo with his spot kick in the 41st after Javi Fuego knocked Alex Bergantinos down in the area.

Real Sociedad is at Real Betis later Saturday.

On Sunday, league leader Barcelona looks for a club-record seventh win in seven games at the start of the season when it hosts Real Madrid.

Also, it's: Levante vs. Valencia; Mallorca vs. Granada; Athletic Bilbao vs. Osasuna; and Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga.

Celta Vigo beat Sevilla 2-0 on Friday.