Carlos Vela started up front with his teammate Dady in Osasuna’s important victory over Real Zaragoza in the evening kick off at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra. In a match which was flooded with yellow cards and fouls, the only goal was scored by czech republic international Jaroslav Plasil an excellent effort from 18 yards in stoppage time of the first half. The win gives the home team three crucial points in the fight to stay in spain’s top league.
Zaragoza player Ricardo Oliviera had the first chance as his 12 yard left footer missed the target. Two minutes later Carlos had a big chance to score, but his powerful header flew over the bar after a free kick delivery from the right wing from Punal. A corner from Monreal was then headed over by Cape Verde striker Dady from the penalty spot. With thirty minutes gone Diego Milito’s right footed effort was saved by Osasuna goalkeeper Ricardo.
Then a 25 yard left footer from Dady went over the bar, but Osasuna would get their goal in stoppage time of the first half, scored by Jaroslav Plasil after his left footed shot from 18 yards flew in.
After halftime Peter Luccin’s effort from 30 yards powered across the face of goal, and Albert Celades forced another Ricardo save 4 minutes later from a similar position on the left side. The game was finished for Carlos after 62 minutes as he was being replaced with Ludovic Delporte. After his impressive performance on Wednesday night in the united states with his country, Carlos had a long flight back to Pamplona.
Diego Milito then hit a right footed effort from 18 yards but another excellent save from Ricardo ended Zaragoza’s chances of getting an equaliser, with the game nearly over Ludovic Delporte had the chance to give Osasuna a second, but the ball was saved by Zaragoza’s goalkeeper.
Next up for Osasuna in La Liga a trip to Levante next weekend!!!
Ricardo, Cruchaga, Garcia, Josetxo, Monreal, Azpilicueta, Juanfran, Plasil (Font 80′), Punal, Dady (Sola 87′), Vela (Delporte 62′)
Goals: (45min+1) Jaroslav Plasil
Article written by A.Zimmermann