|First Division - Day 10|
Racing Santander 0 - Osasuna 0
Tais (Bestchastnykh 60'), Arzeno, Mellberg, Sietes; Manjarín, Espina,
Jaime (Ismael 70'), Amavisca; Estévez, Preciado (Rushfeldt 80'). 4-4-2.
Team changes: Racing: Espina, Estévez, Preciado for Txema, Bestchastnykh, Rushfeldt / Osasuna: Alfonso, Iván Rosado for Angel, Armentano.
This was a real relegation battle, with nobody doing themselves any favours after the teams cancelled each other out in a score-less draw. Osasuna started the game at the bottom of the table, with Racing only two places and a point above them in eighteenth, and they were more or less the same at the end, except that Oasuna's point meant that they at least climbed over Real Sociedad off the bottom. The problem that both teams have is their lack of first class forwards, and the defences kept control throughout, with Nuno in particular on great form in the visitor's goal. Racing manager Goikoetxea tried a new strike force for this game, with Estévez making his first start for his new club alongside Leider Preciado.
Goiko's opposite number Miguel Angel Lotina also made his customary change of forwards, switching Rosado and Armentano, with Trzeciak coming in to the squad for the first time this season. The early morning rain didn't help matters much, but if anything the Racing forwards were the most effective, with the orderly Osasuna defence keeping out Preciado on the half hour mark, with Nuno saving from Estévez on the follow up. Racing were only really troubled once when Espina cleared off the line from Palacios earlier on, and after that they were off target. Both teams must be candidates for winter signings, as otherwise they will still be where they are now at the end of the season.