On loan Arsenal player Carlos Vela started on the left wing in Osasuna’s important victory over the strong side of Atletico Madrid in the evening kick off at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra. 18000 visitors at the stadium could saw a outstanding performance from the mexican whizkid. Carlos assisted a goal by Kike Sola in the opening minute before he give Osasuna 5 minutes later a second. A late goal in the second half from substitute Hector Font finished the match. The win gives the home team three crucial points in the fight to stay in spain’s top league La Liga.
The game started with a shocking lead for Osasuna as Carlos Vela sent a great ball through the defence for Kike Sola and he shot with his left foot the ball into the bottom of the right corner. 5 minutes later the next shock for Javier Aguirre’s side came as Jaroslav Plasil delivered Carlos and he passed goalkeeper Abbiati with a cool left footed finish trough the legs. A right footed effort in minute 10 from Carlos was blocked by the defense.
After 11 minutes Fabiano Eller was booked for a vicious looking challenge on Carlos Vela and most of the people in the stadium thought he deserved more than the yellow card.
Osasuna had the chance to score the third goal before uruguay international Diego Forlan scored in minute 26 the 2:1 with a hard right footed effort into the top of the left corner assisted by Antonio Lopez. 7 Minutes later a right footed shot from outside the box from Nacho Monreal left wide and high after a good delivery from Carlos Vela.
Nearly halftime a left footed effort from Carlos from outside the box was saved by italian goalkeeper Christian Abbiati in the bottom of the right corner. With a halftime score of 2:1 for Osasuna went both teams back into the changing rooms.
After halftime first chance had Osasuna as Carlos played the ball to Javi Garcia and he fired a righ footer into the bottom of the left corner , but the ball was saved by Abbiati. 5 minutes later in minute 59 had Javi Garcia a header chance after a great cross from Jaroslav Plasil to give Osasuna back the two goal lead.
Later Atletico Madrid looked for an equaliser as Luis Garcia and Jose Antonio Reyes brought saves out of Ricardo before Jurado smashed a header of the bar.
The match was finished as Kike Sola left the Atletico defender’s and delivered substitute Hector Font and he passed Abbiati with a right footed shot and give Osasuna the crucial three points.
Carlos got his chance from coach Jose Angel Ziganda for standing ovations from the supporters as he was substituted in minute 89 by Ludovic Delporte after his best performance of the season for his loan club Osasuna.
Next up for the Osasunistas in the spanish La Liga is a away match against Villareal!
Carlos post match interview:
Carlos said: “So keep this good line and win next week. Today we have been very good the first minutes, we could take advantage of the opportunities and that was the key to win ”. He recognizes that he questioned in the match about the first goal: “I questioned pulling or it happening, but here one slave trade of winning and Kike was better positioned and I tell it to him. It is always necessary to take the best decision”.
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Ricardo, Cruchaga, Garcia, Josetxo, Monreal, Azpilicueta, Juanfran (Hector Font 72′), Plasil , Punal, Vela (Delporte 89′), Kike Sola (Pandiani 79′)
Goals: 1:0 Kike Sola 1′ (Vela), 2:0 Carlos Vela 5′ (Plasil), 2:1 Diego Forlan 26′ (Antonio Lopez), 3:1 Hector Font 76′ (Sola)
Article by – A.Zimmermann