On loan Arsenal forward Carlos Vela started on the left wing in Osasuna’s goalless draw against strong side Villarreal in the evening kick off at the Estadio El Madrigal in Villarreal. 17000 visitors at the stadium could saw a clever tactical performance from Osasuna. Carlos played decent 73 minutes before he was substituted by spanish teammate Hector Font. The draw gives the home team one crucial away point in the fight to stay in the spanish top league La Liga and of course Villarreal missed a great opportunity to move 5 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the battle for the champions league qualification positions.
The game started with a good chance for Osasuna as Francisco Punal delivered Juanfran and he missed the target with a right footed effort from outside the box. 5 minutes later first dangerous situation for Osasuna as a corner from the left side was delivered near the box, but Joan Capdevila got the head not on the ball.
After 19 minutes Villarreal was so close for the lead as turkish international Nihat sent a right footed effort from the edge of the area over the bar after a great neat lay-off from Santi Cazorla. Joan Capdevila then sent wide a left footed effort from long range before Santi Cazorla smashed the ball over the bar after a great head delivery from Guilermo Franco. Seconds later a header from Capdevila is too high and wide after a good cross from Sebastian Eguren.
But the best chance in the first half had the side from Jose Angel Ziganda as Juanfran headered the ball back into the dangerous area to Kike Sola and he send a shot on goal, but the ball was saved by Villarreal Goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Five minutes before halftime, Osasuna midfielder Juanfran powered a shot over the bar after he got the ball from Punal. One minute later the best opportunity for Carlos Vela came as he got a trough ball from Punal and sent a left footed effort from inside the box, but he missed the right corner. Nearly halftime Carlos did a great cross from the left side, but nobody in the centre got the ball. With the halftime whistle and a score of 0:0 went both teams back into the changing rooms.
After halftime the first try had Villareal as they won a corner but without a result. The next chance came as Nihat took a great cross but Guillermo Franco missed the target with his effort from the centre of the box.
Villarreal pressed again as mexican forward Guillermo Franco had his close effort, but the ball was saved by Osasuna goalkeeper Ricardo.
Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires proved and tried on the left side everything for Villareal, but all his tricks and skills wasn’t enough to give a final pass or a finish. After that the home side continued to go up front and attack the Osasunistas, but Osasuna’s defense played very well on this evening.
After 73 minutes was the game finished for the young mexican Carlos Vela as he was substituted by spanish midfielder Hector Font. Carlos made a decent performance with some great runs through the middle and on the left side to give his team some good free kick opportunities. Also he had the great chance nearly halftime as he missed the right corner.
Last chance in the match had then Osasuna after 86 minutes as Hector Font fired a left footed effort on goal, but he missed the top left corner after a fast counter attack with cape verde striker Eduardo Dady.
The final whistle came and the Osasunistas keep the crucial away point with a final score of 0:0 after three months without a point as visitors. Osasuna climbed with this draw on 14th of the table but just one point far from the dangerous zone.
Ricardo, Cruchaga, Garcia (Astudillo 45′), Josetxo, Monreal, Azpilicueta, Juanfran , Plasil , Punal, Vela (Hector Font 73′), Kike Sola (Dady 80′)
Article by – A.Zimmermann