Spain, Primera Division
Espanyol de Barcelona 2 Getafe 0 (att 14,285)
It was chance rather than design that meant we flew into Catalonia for a short holiday just a day before a Thursday evening game at RCD Espanyol, but it gave me a rare chance to tick a ground in Spain's top league.
Tickets were easy to come by, with the newish Estadi Cornellà-El Prat barely a third full for the visit of Getafe, and we paid a very reasonable 30eu for corner tickets in the upper tier. Being a new ground, sightlines were perfect.
Espanyol were worthy winners, thanks to two second half goals. Getafe had a decent share of possession, but rarely threatened the Espanyol goal.
Despite the many empty seats there was good atmosphere, helped by the tireless efforts of a group of home fans who gathered behind the goal at the same end where we were sat.
All in all an entertaining evening, and with the ground very close to the motorway we were on our way back to our temporary base in L'Escala within minutes of the final whistle.