31 July 2012
Castilla faced his first encounter against a rival of the same category. The Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium hosted the Whites' second pre-season game. Óscar Plano put the home team ahead during the first 45 minutes, during which Toril's side completely dominated. In the second half Álex Ortiz equalised, only for Raúl de Tomás to put the score at 2-1 after a penalty in the 80th minute followed by Susaeta's late goal in the 85th to end the match with a 2-2 draw, also through a penalty. The reserve team drew in the first of its three fixtures for this week, but now has to concentrate on the visit to Albacete's Carlos Belmonte stadium next Friday.
Castilla was once again ahead for 90 minutes of the match on the Alfredo Di Stéfano pitch but this time against a rival of the same category. A face to face encounter against Guadalajara, both as activists from the Second Division. And as already had taken place last Saturday against Getafe B, the Whites seized the initiative right from the outset of the game. A great run from Lucas Vázquez up the right hand side, followed by a perfect cross to find Óscar Plano who headed the ball into the back of the net in the 4th minute. At an intense pace the reserve team took control of the game making constant runs towards their rival's goalposts. Denis came close to scoring in the 9th and 13th minutes of the match, but on both occasions the ball missed its target.
Guadalajara succumbed to the home side's offensive onslaught and both Óscar Plano and Sobrino could have made the score 2-0 with headers in the 13th and 14th minutes, respectively, but the first was stopped by Escalona and the second by a defender under the goal-line. The away team were unable to create clear goal-scoring chances, except for Cristian's effort in the 20th minute with a powerful shot from in front of the goal, which ended up going wide to the right of Mejías. Toril's side made the most of their home advantage with chances appearing constantly. A perfect cross from Denis headed by Sobrino in the 32nd minute could have been a goal but ended up too high.
After half time the match took a turn and Guadalajara began to appear on the scene. In the 46th minute, Sobrino could have scored another goal for Madrid, but his shot went high. And the reserve team's advantage was diminished in the 55th by set piece. Susaeta took a free kick which Álex Ortiz converted into goal, putting the score at 1-1. The game's pace dropped in the second half with neither side having any clear chances. In the 75th minute Raúl de Tomás could have put his team ahead once again with a free kick which struck the crossbar sending the ball off-course. The Whites’ persistence in their search for another goal finally paid off with one arriving in the 80th minute. Álex Ortiz committed a foul on Raúl de Tomás, who took a penalty, putting the score at 2-1. A short-lived moment of happiness as only five minutes later Susaeta levelled the score once again with a penalty kick. And that's how the match ended for the first of the White's three encounters this week, in a draw.