ANDY SCHREUR - Monday, January 28, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander were reduced to eight men and allowed two second half goals in a loss to Córdoba on Saturday.
Racing Santander 1 - 3 Cordoba
A frustrating season only got worse on Saturday as Racing Santander lost their third straight and remain in last position in the Segunda División.
The match started positively as Córdoba keeper Alberto García was forced into two good saves within the first 15 minutes. Marcos Gullón opened the scoring for Racing when he rose above two defenders and headed the ball past García for a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for Racing, their celebrating would be over for the day.
In the 27th minute, Córdoba leveled the match through a Abel Gómez free kick from 35 yards. The knuckling ball confused Mario Fernández and although he was able to get his hands on it, the pure power was too much and the ball deflected in.
Then, things began to get contentious. Francis was sent off for a hard tackle and his second yellow card of the match in the47th minute. Just eight minutes later, Juanmi was sent off for his second yellow and the entire match changed. Pedro headed in the go ahead goal for Córdoba in the 64th minute.
Albert Dorca was then given a straight red card in the 83rd minute for a hard challenge and Bocanegra was given a yellow for walking directly up to the referee and sarcastically clapping while the boo's and whistles reigned down in El Sardinero. López Silva added Córdoba's third goal in the 89th minute. The officials were escorted off the field by riot police after the game.
Racing Manager Jose Aurelio Gay did not mince words in the press conference after the game and clearly stated that he felt the referee unfairly targeted his players. All told, Racing picked up seven yellow and three red cards. Córdoba received two yellow cards in the game.
Racing next face Sporting Gijón on the road as they look to climb out of the second division basement.
Oguchi Onyewu did not make the 18 as Málaga beat Mallorca 3-2 on Sunday.