Cadiz post home win to escape Spanish league drop zone

Gonzalo Escalante of Cadiz celebrates a goal during the spanish league, La Liga Santander, football match played between Cadiz CF and Girona FC at Nuevo Mirandilla stadium February 10, 2023, in Cadiz, Spain.

Cadiz’s work in the transfer market has paid big dividends with the hosts beating Girona to escape momentarily from the Spanish league relegation zone.

The 2-0 victory saw the modest team from southern Spain jump from 18th to 15th place, before the rest of the teams get to play in the round.

The win dropped Valencia into the bottom three and they are now in danger of the drop.

Midfielder Gonzalo Escalante and striker Sergi Guardiola, who both joined Cadiz in the winter transfer market, scored for the hosts.

Escalante controlled a cross by Brian Ocampo and fired into the upper part of the net for the sixth-minute opener – his second goal in three games for his new club.

Guardiola added another goal in the 34th with a strike from an angle after Theo Bondonga led a counterattack.

Coach Sergio Gonzalez has managed to turn Cadiz around after their horrible start to the season of five straight losses without a goal scored.

Since then they have gone unbeaten at home in eight games. They had been in the relegation zone since the second round.

“We needed this win,” Guardiola said. “Like I said when I arrived here, if we stick together we will pull through.”

Girona remained in 11th place.

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