Girona was held by last-place Almeria to a 0-0 draw in the Spanish league on Sunday, missing a chance to open a bigger gap over Real Madrid while the rival played in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Girona had the chance to move three points clear with a victory at minnow Almeria — the only team yet to win in the league so far this season — but the draw left the Catalan club only one point ahead. Madrid will face Barcelona in the Super Cup final in Riyadh later on Sunday. Its league match at Getafe, which had been scheduled for this weekend, will be played in a few weeks. Real Madrid 4–1 Barcelona, Supercopa de Espana 2023–24: Vinicius Junior Scores Hat-Trick As Los Blancos Win Spanish Super Cup With Dominant El Clasico Victory (Watch Goal Video Highlights).

Girona played a man down from the 80th minute after midfielder Aleix García was sent off with a straight red card for a foul to stop a breakaway. Almeria had most of the significant scoring chances throughout the match while Girona finished with only one attempt on target.

“We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match,” said goalkeeper Gazzaniga, the best Girona player on Sunday. “Considering how the match went, it's not a bad point. We are still on the right track.”

It was only the second time this season Girona was held scoreless. The other was a 3-0 home loss against Madrid in September, which marked its only loss in all competitions this campaign. The team coached by Míchel Sánchez has the league's best attack with 46 goals, six more than Madrid. It was trying to win for the seventh time in eight matches in all competitions to keep alive its surprise run for the league title.

“The good news is that we won a point and it gives us the lead. Almeria played better than we did.” Míchel said.

Girona, part owned by Manchester City's Abu Dhabi ownership, recently won at defending champion Barcelona and against Atletico Madrid, which are now eight points behind in the league standings. Barcelona and Atletico also didn't play in the league this weekend because of the Super Cup. Israel Footballer Sagiv Jehezkel Detained in Turkey Over Message on Israeli Hostages.

It the other match of the day, Cadiz will try to end a 17-match winless streak across all competitions when it hosts midtable Valencia. Cadiz has five draws in its last six league matches. Its most recent league win was against Villarreal in September. Its 15-match winless streak is its longest ever in the competition. Valencia will try to win three straight league matches for the first time since 2021.

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