First Division - Day 2

Oviedo 2 - Las Palmas 2

Oviedo: Esteban; Keita, Danjou, Martinovic, Boris (Möller 77'); Amieva, Onopko, Tomic, Iván Ania; Losada, Oli. 4-4-2.
Las Palmas: Cicovic; Edu Alonso (Josico 72'), Jaime Molina, Olías, Paqui; Pablo Lago, Ramón, Samways, Jarni (Sarasúa 60'); Eloy, Oktay (Oulare 78'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Oviedo: Oli for Möller / Las Palmas: Ramón for Sarasúa.

0-1. 39. Jarni (penalty). After Danjou handled ball following a corner.
1-1. 61. Losada. Shot just inside right hand post.
1-2. 70. Pablo Lago. Latched on to loose ball after defensive mistake.
2-2. 92. Danjou. Headed in high cross from Amieva.

Oviedo saved themselves from defeat with a last minute goal from Danjou in their first league match in their newly inaugurated 35,000 capacity stadium, the Nuevo Tartiere. Before the match the players had joined together in memory of Peter Dubovsky, and they dedicated the result to him as fans celebrated as if they had won a major trophy.

With his goal the French defender made up for his mistake in the first half when he gave away a penalty for hands, the resulting goal scored by Robert Jarni being the first ever in the new stadium. Earlier Losada had had a golden opportunity to go down in history when referee Medina Cantalejo had given a dubious penalty to Oviedo for a foul on him by Jaime Molina, but Las Palmas keeper Cicovic saved the kick. Losada still made it into the record books of sorts, as the first Oviedo player to score there when he finally got the ball in the net around the hour mark.

With twenty minutes to go a mistake by the usually reliable Esteban allowed Pablo Lago to establish the lead for the visitors, and just when it looked like they would complete the three out of three away wins for the newly promoted teams, Danjou stepped up to save the day. After the match the Oviedo players complained about the lack of new signings, and although Oli looked good on his return to his home club, the Asturian side must be one of the favourites to go down after narrowly escaping relegation for some time now. Las Palmas too will have their work cut out to stay up. All that is a long way off though, and right now Oviedo are looking forward to the official opening ceremony, which will be followed by a match against Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday night, Saint Matthew's day, who also happens to be the patron saint of Asturias. But can he play football?