Getafe, Villarreal shoot blanks

BY foxsports • October 15, 2011

Getafe and Villarreal did little to improve their disappointing starts to the Primera Division season with a dire goalless draw on Saturday evening.

Villarreal looked the more dangerous after snuffing out the hosts' promising start, but both sides desperately lacked a cutting edge.

The draw left the two teams with still just a solitary win to their names so far this term.

Summer signing Daniel Guiza, in his second spell at Getafe, threatened early on, first firing over the bar and then testing goalkeeper Diego Lopez with a shot from 12 yards.

The Spain international, signed from Fenerbahce and still to score this season, then planted a header wide from Juan Valera's cross.

Villarreal gradually began to gain a foothold, though, and Marcos Senna's long-range drive had to be tipped over by Jordi Codina.

Codina had to be alert again to deny Giuseppe Rossi after the Italy striker had connected with Cristian Zapata's ball in, while the Colombian went close himself shortly after, heading wide from six yards.

The visitors continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock in the second half, with Rossi the main candidate, but they still struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances.

The Italian twice fired wide from the edge of the area before Jose Catala's cross picked out Jonathan De Guzman, but he too could not direct his header on target.

Mubarak Wakaso and Hernan Perez also tried their luck from long range in the dying moments, but a goal never looked like coming.

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