First Division - Day 26

Osasuna 1 - Espanyol 1

Osasuna: Unzué; Cruchaga, Contreras, Jusué; Yanguas, Puñal, Fernando (Gancedo 60'); Palacios (Sabino 60'), Iván Rosado, Alfredo; Aloisi (Armentano 79'). 3-3-3-1.
Espanyol: Mora; Navas, Lopo, Rotchen, Ricardo Cavas; Morales, Alex Fernández; De Lucas, Pacheco (Martín Posse 60'), Roger (Catalá 63'); Tamudo (Sousa 67'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Osasuna: Palacios for Izquierdo / Espanyol: Lopo, Pacheco for Soldevilla, Palencia.

0-1. 16. Tamudo. Header close to goal after pass in from Pacheco.
1-1. 68. Sabino. Beat Mora with low shot after Aloisi laid back Gancedo cross.

A dour, bad-tempered game in Pamplona between Osasuna and Espanyol, where the two teams fought out a battle royal which ended in a 1-1 draw. Both sides were lucky to end the match with eleven players, with referee Carmona Méndez showing twelve yellow cards and letting off several more. Osasuna came in to the game with the best record of any team in 2002, having gone seven games without defeat since new year's day. Gancedo came back into Miguel Angel Lotina's side, although the manager considered that he was not fully match fit and left him on the bench at the beginning. Paco Flores brought in Pacheco for his first start, and drafted new signing Paulo Sousa in to his squad now that he has recovered from his initial injury.

Osasuna started well and Iván Rosado missed a chance to open the scoring in the first minute when he beat the offside trap but then hesitated too long, allowing Mora to recover. However they let in their first goal in five games when Tamudo headed Pacheco's cross down past Unzué with a quarter of an hour on the clock. It was the young striker's tenth of the season, and was the second time that he has spoilt Unzué's record after getting the goal in the game between the two sides earlier in the season which finished 1-1. Flores pulled his men back, reverting to a five man defence soon after the break when he brought on young fullback David Catalá. Lotina also made changes, bringing on the more attacking Gancedo and Sabino, and the two combined with Aloisi soon afterwards for Sabino to level the scores. Contreras almost gave the home side a deserved winner a few minutes later when Mora blocked his shot at point blank range with his body, and Sousa made his debut in place of the injured Tamudo. Both sides ended the day where they started, in twelfth and eleventh places respectively.