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Diawara’s late goal saves Getafe in Cordoba draw

AP, MADRID

Cordoba midfielder Borja Garcia, right, vies with Getafe forward Angel Lafita in their La Liga match at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in Madrid on Friday.

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Getafe substitute Baba Diawara scored two minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Cordoba in La Liga on Friday.

Midfielder Patrick Ekeng scored in the 78th to put Cordoba on the verge of their first victory in their first season in the top flight in 42 years.

However, it was not to be, as leftback Javier Escudero capped his strong showing on the day by using one touch to cross the ball for Diawara to tap in the equalizer.

Getafe almost grabbed the winning goal in stoppage-time, when Diawara headed high before Escudero clipped the upright.

“It leaves a bitter taste in our mouth because the goal came at the end,” Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos Corral said. “All our hard work and, in one moment, it was gone.”

Los Azulones insisted on attacking the right side of Cordoba’s defense in the first half, when Escudero provided the little danger that the hosts could muster.

Yet Cordoba held firm in defense and after striker Nabil Ghilas tested goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, it fell to Ekeng to pounce on a turnover and drill the ball inside the far post.

Nevertheless, Getafe pressed for the equalizer and found it when Escudero met Diawara’s run with an excellent service.

Los Califas remain the only winless team in the league and sit level on points with four other teams at the bottom of the table before the other four play this weekend.

Getafe moved into provisional 12th place in the 20-team league.

La Liga leaders Barcelona were to visit Rayo Vallecano de Madrid yesterday, when Valencia were to host Atletico Madrid, with both sides trailing two points behind the Catalan club.

Fourth-placed Sevilla are to host RC Deportivo de la Coruna today, when fifth-placed Real Madrid welcome Athletic Bilbao.

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