Friday, September 29, 2023

Nacho Vidal gives Osasuna the victory, at the last minute, against Valencia

A goal from behind by Nacho Vidal in the last minute of extra time gave Osasuna a 1-2 victory at Mestalla, in a game in which the Navarrese took the lead with a penalty, scored by Aimar Orozin the first half and that the locals tied in a second act, which they completely dominated, through the mediation of Hugo Duro.

The extraordinary goal from the ex-Valencianista gave an unexpected victory to the Navarrese team, which was subdued by Valencia throughout the second half, in which they maintained Sergio Herrera with a great performance and that on his only occasion in the second act he took the three points at stake and stopped a Valencia that had won in the first two days.

Valencia started the game commanding and dominating although they lacked gunpowder in the final meters, making good the claim of Rubén Baraja to sign players offensive to strengthen his very young squad.

Osasuna, with an excessively slow game, did not worry Valencia, although a robbery by Pablo Ibañez in the midfield allowed them to plant themselves like an exhalation in the area where Thierry suffered the entry. The referee, at the request of the VAR, reviewed the play on the monitor and signaled a penalty, which Aimar Oroz scored with class.

After the goal, Valencia lost consistency in their game and the Navarrese team found themselves more comfortable on the pitch, with some reachingthe local area. In the final minutes the local team and intensified their dominance with several disturbing arrivals but without getting the tie before reaching the break.

At the restart, Baraja brought on the Portuguese Andre Almeida for Diakhaby and lowered the position of a Javi Guerra who had barely come into contact with the ball in the first act. The squad player got to the managers of Valencia that bottled Osasuna In his field.

The equalizer could have come from a great shot by Almeida from outside the area that Sergio Herrera cleared with difficulty and Hugo Duro did not manage to finish off the rebound on goal. The Getafense attacker had more luck minutes later, when he courageously headed a cross from Javi Guerra, to tie the game and put an end to his drought scorer, after almost a year without scoring.

Valencia went for the win and ran into the goalkeeper Sergio Herrera, who had two decisive interventions, but in extra time it was Osasuna who took advantage of a corner kick to score, after Nacho Vidal finished off a rebound and button up the Navarrese triumph.

Data sheet:

1 – Valencia: Mamardashvili, Thierry, Cenk, Gabriel Paulista (Mosquera, m.75), Gayà; Diakhaby (Almeida, m.46), Pepelu, Javi Guerra; Diego López (Canós, m.75), Fran Pérez (Foulquier, m.58) and Hugo Duro.

2 – Osasuna: Herrera, Areso (Peña, m.77), Catena, David García, Juan Cruz; Pablo IBáñez, Iker Muñoz, Aimar Oroz (Moncayola, m.67); Barja (Nacho Vidal, m.46), Raúl García (Budimir, m.74) and Arnáiz (Mojica, m.67)

Goals: 0-1, m.24: Aimar Oroz, penalty. 1-1, m.80: Hugo Hard. 1-2, m.94: Nacho Vidal.

Referee: Polished Santana. He admonished Thierry, Hugo Duro and Diakhaby for Valencia, and Barja and Muñoz for Osasuna.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the third day of the EA Sports League in Mestalla before 42,474 spectators.


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