First Team 22/05/2018

Internationals: Prödl Selected

Away from the 2018 World Cup, several Watford players will be on international duty over the close season.

Golden Boys centre-half Sebastian Prödl has been selected by Austria for their friendly matches against Russia (May 30), Germany (June 2), and Brazil (June 10).

Daryl Janmaat has been included in Holland's squad for their friendly fixtures with Slovakia (May 31) and Italy (June 4).

Meanwhile, Craig Cathcart has been selected by Northern Ireland for their friendlies with Panama (May 29) and Costa Rica (June 3).


Keep an eye on watfordfc.com for news of further international call-ups. 

First Team 22/05/2018

Loan Lads: Nordin Nets Winner

Nordin Amrabat gave CD Leganés the most unlikely of wins on the final day in La Liga, as he scored the winner in a 3-2 win at home over Real Betis, despite Los Pepineros playing with 10 men from the 23rd minute onwards.

Leganés were already safe due to the poor seasons of Deportivo, Las Palmas, and Málaga. But, despite finishing just above the drop zone, signed off with a win against 6th-placed Betis, who were stunned after Leganes nicked a win despite being a man down.

Joel Campbell - the former Arsenal player - raced clear and slotted in the 20th minute to put Betis ahead.

Things went from bad to worse, when Diego Rico was shown a straight red card for a clumsy challenge on Campbell just a few minutes later.

But the home side struck back through Dimitrios Siovas, as he cutely chested and volleyed in from inside the six-yard box following a corner, in the 28th minute.

Then, in the second half, the home fans were sent into delirium as Leganés took the lead, with José Manuel Garcia Naranjo passing into an empty net after Pedro López was drawn out of goal.

Antonio Sanabria levelled affairs in the 76th minute after coming off the bench, as Leganés' goalkeeper came out but failed to punch clear a loose ball in the area.

It looked as though all Los Pepineros' hard work had been undone, but Amrabat had the last laugh as he scored with the help of a deflection with almost 10 minutes remaining.

The Moroccan wing-forward received the ball just inside the left corner of the area, and fired with a little help from the outstretched foot of Betis' Rafa Navarro.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Isaac Success played the full 90 for Málaga in a 1-0 loss to Getafe at home, as their season to forget petered out - former Chelsea striker Löic Remy scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Success produced perhaps the Albicelestes best chance, nutmegging Bruno González before unselfishly squaring for Maxime Lestienne, who could only find the side-netting - the story of their campaign summed up in that moment. 

 

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And finally, Pontus Dahlberg will be bitterly disappointed not to have earnt a clean sheet at Elfsborg, with the home side scoring an equaliser late in the game - in the 94th minute to be precise - leaving IFK Göteborg with little time to respond.


Pictures of Nordin Amrabat courtesy of CD Leganes.