Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Osasuna knocks down the champion on penalties and reaches the quarterfinals

The Atletico Osasuna qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey to the beat the reigning champion at Benito Villamarínthe Betisafter finishing the first game with a tie at one, the extra time with another tied at two and deciding on the shootout from the penalty spot, where the locals Sergio Canales and the Argentine Guido Rodríguez failed.

A goal from Osasunista defender David García in added time (m.92) forced extra time in a very balanced tie, after the Sevillians went ahead after 62 minutes with a goal from Portuguese William Carvalho, just as they did in the extra period through Sabaly in the 103rd minute, but Rubén García equalized again at 106.

It was the first truly demanding test for both teams in this edition of the tournament and it came with Sevillians and Pamploneses very well located in the upper area of ​​the table in LaLiga when the conclusion of the first round approaches.

The Verdiblancos, who did not play last weekend in LaLiga precisely because they participated in the Spanish Super Cup as Cup champions and also lost in the semifinals against Barcelona on penalties, found a rival who appeared at the Benito Villamarín stadium strengthened after his triumph at El Sadar against Mallorca (1-0).

The rojillos, who had to replace Moi Gómez in their starting eleven at the last minute, who felt discomfort in the warm-up, and bring on youth squad player Aimar Oroz, tried to complicate the opponent’s life as they did this campaign in this same scenario in LaLiga, although a goal from Borja Iglesias then left the three points in Seville.

Betis, faithful to their idea of ​​the game, did not wait to take control of the ball and approaching the goal defended by Sergio Herrera and thus after twelve minutes the Brazilian Luiz Henrique had a goal annulled since his shot was preceded by a cross from Rodri Sánchez in which the ball had crossed the end line.

Despite this, the team coached by the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini found himself having trouble connecting well with his men at the top, Among those who were missing due to injury was the Frenchman Nabil Fekir, since Jaboba Arrasate’s man, with great pressure, left few options in a game that went to half-time with few clear chances to score in both goals.

Osasuna’s start in the second half was surprising, with its advanced lines and a clear offensive intention, although Betis responded on the counter to witness a more dynamic game and with better options to open the scoring.

Pellegrini brought out Borja Iglesias and Aitor Ruibal so that their team was more protagonist in attack and this coincided with the goal scored in the 62nd minute by the Portuguese William Carvalho, who culminated a series of rebounds in the visiting area with his shot.

The good play of the Navarrese team was surprised by the effectiveness of the Sevillian, so it was now Arrasate who moved the bench and put Argentine Chimy Ávila, Croatian Ante Budimir and Kike Barja in one go.

By then, the 1-0 was well controlled by Betis against an opponent who, as the match progressed towards its end, he seemed worn outalthough the referee gave three minutes of extension and, in the second of them, a David García header against Aimar Oroz’s cross forced overtime.

In the overtime of the game, which served for the debut as a Betic of the young Brazilian left back Abner Vinicius, there was an open game and with clear chances for any team to unbalance the tie, but it was the Senegalese youssouf sabalyshortly before the end of the first part of extra time, the one who did it for the locals after a pass from Borja Iglesias.

The reply did not take long to wait and, in the first play of the second half, Rubén García put a new tie that led to the resolution of the tie to the launching round from the penalty spot, where the visitors were much more accurate, who converted their four shots and did not need to shoot a fifth to get into the quarterfinals.

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