Toni Lato, with a goal in the second half, brought Osasuna closer to permanence this Wednesday after a significant 0-1 victory at Mendizorroza, on the thirty-first day of Primera.
After a first half without display and without risk on the part of both teams, the Pamplonaes managed to get ahead in the 63rd minute and played with skill and temperance after taking advantage. With this victory, the Navarrese team reaches 38 points and Alavés stays with 35 and with the need to add to sign their salvation.
The start of the clash had a slow pace with a more vertical Alavés and an Osasuna with more intentions to take the lead and make the plays with more pause.
Pacheco; Ximo, Laguardia, Ely (Adrián Martín, min.78), Duarte; Borja Sainz (Édgar, min.78), Pina, Camarasa (Manu García, min.80), Rioja (Burke, min.72); Joselu and Lucas Pérez.
Sergio Herrera, Nacho Vidal, D. García, Aridane, Lato; Roberto Torres, Oier, Moncayola (Brasanac min.80), Rubén García (Estupiñán, min.80); Enric Gallego y Arnáiz (Mérida, min.88).
0-1: min.63, Side.
Hernández Hernández (Las Palmas Committee). I warn the locals Ely (min. 61) and the visitors Oier (min. 38), Lato (min. 53) and David García (min. 85).
Match corresponding to the thirty-first day of Primera played without spectators at the Mendizorroza stadium. A minute of silence was observed in memory of those who died during the pandemic and the honor kick was made by a representative of the health services.
Again Asier Garitano’s men took the danger with set pieces and in the first ten minutes they had already thrown four corner kicks. In fact, the best chance of the start was a shot by Joselu Mato in the 5th minute, after reaching the ball after a combination with Lucas Pérez, in a habitual connection in each match. In spite of everything, the goalkeepers did not have a job in the first 40 minutes of a game without an owner, without occasions and with both teams very well placed on the field of play.
Osasuna finished the first half more lively and tried to tickle Alavés, but the locals’ counterattacks were even more dangerous. In the 41st minute, Joselu Mato was able to put his team ahead, but his header went over Sergio Herrera’s goal.
The second half started with more spark than the first and in the 55th minute Lucas Pérez scared Osasuna after finishing off a great vertical ball from Víctor Camarasa that went over David García, but the Galician shot at the edge of the small area went to the right of the goal of Sergio Herrera.
Shortly afterward, it was Osasuna who approached Fernando Pacheco’s goal for the first time, but Aridane found the ball in the goal mouth, hit him in the knee and went outside.
The teams stretched and on the next play by the locals, in the 63rd minute, Toni Lato put the rojillos ahead after picking up a ball from Enric Gallego, who took advantage of a failure in the attempt to clear local Rodrigo Ely.
Alavés tried to react after receiving the goal, but although Asier Garitano moved the bench, his staging did not improve. In fact, it was Osasuna who was closest to the rival area and faced the final stretch better than the Alava players.
The visitors roamed Fernando Pacheco’s domains in the final minutes more than in the entire match and thus avoided the reaction of the local team, unable to overcome those of Jagoba Arrasate.