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Getafe close to making unwanted La Liga history this season that Mason Greenwood has contributed to

Getafe close to making unwanted La Liga history this season that Mason Greenwood has contributed to

Not quite the record that Getafe would be looking for.

Getafe are closing in on an unwanted record among Europe's top five leagues this season - and they could break an all-time La Liga record as well.

The Spanish side are currently 12th in La Liga this season, having won only three league games since 2024 began.

Manager Jose Bordalas took charge of the club when they were in Spain's second division, and guided them as high as fifth in the 2019/20 season. A Europa League run to the quarter-finals in the following season then followed.

After a spell at Valencia, Bordalas returned to Getafe last April and saved them from relegation back to the second tier.

And while this season has been a tale of stability in La Liga, it has also seen increased focus of the club following the signing of Mason Greenwood on loan from Manchester United.

Greenwood has scored six goals and provided five assists this term - but was also involved in a comical 2-0 home defeat against Rayo Vallecano in January.

The 22-year-old was shown a straight red card - later rescinded - by the referee for dissent, before defender Damian Suarez was booked twice in a minute while walking off the pitch to be substituted.

In the same match, forward Juanmi Latasa was also shown two yellow cards, while three other players received bookings.

That clash was a snapshot of Getafe's poor disciplinary record this season.

Bordalas' side have picked up an astonishing 104 yellow cards in La Liga this season, more than any other club in Europe's top five leagues (as per Fbref).

To put that feat into context, second-placed Chelsea have picked up 18 fewer yellow cards - which is the same difference as between them and 21st-placed Granada.

Greenwood has contributed to that number, having picked up five yellow cards himself in the league.

But that pales in significance compared to centre-back Dakoman Djene, who has 13 yellow cards to his name.

And fellow defender Domingos Duarte has been sent off twice in just 14 appearances. Six other players have been sent off, including striker and captain Jaime Mata.

It appears unlikely that anyone will knock Getafe off their perch in the final weeks of the season - and they could set an unwanted La Liga record too.

The team with the most yellow cards ever recorded in a single season was Espanyol, who picked up 143 bookings during the 2012/13 season (as per StatBunker).

Getafe therefore need four yellow cards per game in their final 10 matches - a touch above their 3.71 yellow cards per game to date - to break the record and make La Liga history.

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Topics: Getafe, La Liga, Mason Greenwood, Football