REPORT | 02/06/2019The reserves went down against Cartagena, who scored two goals in 12 minutes.
- Segunda División promotion play-offs
It wasn’t a good start for Castilla. The reserves succumbed to the intensity and pressure from Cartagena, who look to break up the Madrid play with fouls. The good thing was that there was time to turn things around, and little by little, the Whites caused problems for Joao Costa in the opposition goal. But the home side continued to create danger, especially in the air. Vitolo was close to getting the third. One of the best chances for Castilla in the first half came after a free kick Cristo that was saved by the goalkeeper.
A goal would have put Castilla in the next round and that dictated the approach to the second half. Dani Gómez made way for Seoane, but the Whites couldn’t find their rhythm. The home side looked to cause problems with a direct style of play as Cordero struck the bar in the 54th minute. José Manuel Díaz brought on Augusto who, in his first action, headed just wide. The Madridistas looked to push on in the last 15 minutes, bringing on Gelabert.
Cartagena were organised at the back, interrupting the rhythm of Castilla. With 77 on the clock Cristo looked dangerous from a direct that went over. Fito Miranda hit back with a header forcing a good save from Luca. Castilla went in search of a goal until the end but the game ended 2-0.
2-Cartagena: Joao Costa, Ramírez, Mata, López, Mejías, Cordero, Moyita (Fito Miranda, 78’), Vitolo, Rubén Cruz (Aketxe, 79’), Santi Jara and Elady (Gracia, 95’).
0-Real Madrid Castilla: Luca, Dani Fernández, Fran García, Álex, Javi Sánchez, Jaume (Augusto, 55’), De Frutos, Martín (Gelabert, 74’), Dani Gómez (Seoane, 46’), Cristo and Fidalgo.
1-0 (min. 3): Elady Zorrilla.
2-0 (min. 12): Cordero.