First Division - Day 24

Sevilla 0 - Osasuna 0

Sevilla: Olsen; Juanmi (Njegus 30'), Javi Navarro, Pablo Alfaro, David; Gallardo, Casquero, Francisco (Víctor Salas 46'), Tomás; Olivera (Torrado 84'), Moisés. 4-4-2.
Osasuna: Unzué; Cruchaga, Contreras, Josetxo (Jusué 73'); Izquierdo, Puñal, Yanguas; Palacios, Iván Rosado (Muñoz 70'), Fernando; Aloisi (Sabino 57'). 3-3-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Olsen, Tomás, Olivera for Notario, Luis Gil, Reyes / Osasuna: Palacios, Fernando for Alfredo, Gancedo.

Goals: None.

Sevilla felt hard done by to walk away from their match with only a point after drawing 0-0 against Osasuna. The Andalucian dominated the second half and struck the woodwork no less than three times, but without their young striker Reyes they were unable to get past a confident Unzué and his well organised defence. Reyes had to watch the game on television from a hospital bed after a freak accident in training, a metal post flying up after being struck by a ball and embedding itself in his forehead, only a centimetre or two from his eye socket. In his absence Caparrós gave another opportunity to Uruguayan international Nico Olivera, with Norwegian keeper Frode Olsen standing in for the injured Notario for the first time this season. Olsen was called upon early in the game to make saves from Fernando and Aloisi as the visitors got the better of their opponents, who were unusually quiet during the first 45 minutes.

After the break though Sevilla looked a different team, with young midfielder Víctor Salas coming on for Francisco and Olivera finally waking up after a disastrous first half. But this was not the striker's lucky day, and he saw three shots hit the post within the first twenty minutes, with Unzué (applauded by the home fans as he returned to his old club) also making a couple of excellent saves from him in between. The home side were reduced to ten men with eleven minutes to go when Javi Navarro picked up a second booking, but even so Víctor could have won it in the dying minutes if his aim had been better. Osasuna's Australian striker John Aloisi finished the game despite having to have five stitches in a cut, and his side ended the day in fourteenth place having now gone five away games without defeat. Sevilla stay in tenth place, but they lose an opportunity to close in the European spots, their new objective for the season having made pretty sure of their place in the top flight for next season.