First Division - Day 22

Barcelona 0 - Osasuna 1

Barcelona: Reina; Reiziger (Coco 65'), Christanval, Frank De Boer, Sergi; Xavi (Gerard 50'), Cocu; Gabri (Rochemback 50'), Rivaldo, Overmars; Saviola. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Unzué; Cruchaga, Jusué, Josetxo; Yanguas, Puñal, Fernando; Palacios (Iván Rosado 55'), Alfredo (Lekumberri 92'), Gancedo; Aloisi (Sabino 90'). 3-3-3-1.

Team changes: Barcelona: Reiziger, Overmars for Puyol, Kluivert / Osasuna: Josetxo for Contreras.

0-1. 81. Afredo. Took return pass from Aloisi to force ball past Reina.

Scandalous scenes in the Nou Camp stadium, where Barcelona lost by a single goal to modest Osasuna. The atmosphere was already tense after reports appeared on a Madrid television station of a sex party involving five of the squad the night before they were beaten by Rayo last week, with the club and players denying the charges and threatening court action. However the crowd were ready to believe there was something in the story, and they gave the team a hard time from the moment they came on to the pitch. Rexach was forced to make two changes to his side, Dutch internationals Reiziger and Overmars coming in for the suspended Puyol and Kluivert, with Lotina also having to change central defender Contreras for the same reason.

The negative atmosphere in the ground affected the Barcelona players, and although they did most of the attacking in the first three quarters of the game, their forwards were unable to find a way through the maze that the Osasuna defence set for them. Saviola wasted a couple of early chances, and only a header by central defender Christanval caused any trouble for ex Barcelona keeper Unzué. Rexach made two changes early in the second half, and one of the new players Rochemback brought the best save of the night out of the Osasuna keeper. However the turning point came when an angry and frustrated Cocu was sent off by referee Rodríguez Santiago for a second caution, and the Pamplona based side started to come forward. Then nine minutes from the end the inevitable happened, Alfredo working a good move with Rosado and Aloisi to beat Reina to give his side the much needed three points.

The Barça fans showed their disgust applauding every pass by Osasuna from then on, and the ground was a sea of white handkerchiefs at the end as fans called for the heads of club president Joan Gaspart and manager Carlos Rexach. Then things got out of hand, with a group of fans from the radical 'Boixos Nois' invading the directors' box and attacking television camera crews before security forces intervened. Barcelona drop out of the European spots down to ninth and Rexach offered his resignation to the board, a move which they turned down. However all eyes are on the midweek Catalunya cup semi-final at Lleida and the weekend league match at Tenerife, and any slip up could mean a new man in charge very soon. Bianchi, Antic and others are standing by.