|First Division - Day 12|
Osasuna 1 - Atlético Madrid 0
Izquierdo, Mateo, Cruchaga, Antonio López; Alfredo, Pablo García
(Puñal 56'); Rivero, Iván Rosado (Palacios 84'), Moha (Gancedo
81'); Aloisi. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Osasuna: Izquierdo for Yanguas / Atlético: Albertini for Nagore.
Osasuna beat Atlético Madrid 1-0 in the only match played on Saturday night to move out of the relegation spots. Javier Aguirre's side are on a bit of a roll after a disastrous start to the season, and although they have only scored twice in the last three games (and in the last six for that matter) it has brought them seven points. The Mexican manager only made one change to his side, bringing in Izquierdo at right back, although he charged Mateo with the task of keeping the tabs on the ever dangerous Stankovic. Albertini returned for the visitors, with García Calvo staying at left back and Correa getting the nod ahead of Jorge in the starting line up.
Led on by a battling Movilla, Atlético took control of the opening minutes, and a long shot by García Calvo following a corner deflected off a defender onto the post. However Osasuna gradually got their act together, and Aloisi went close with an angled shot across the face of the goal. A great tackle by Hibic stopped Iván Rosado in his tracks a few minutes later, and the striker brought a good save out of Esteban shortly before the break as the home side came on the attack.
The home side lost their midfield general Pablo García ten minutes in to the second half when he twisted his ankle, and Aragonés decided at the same time to bring on Portuguese midfielder Dani for Fernando Torres, who was having a quiet game. Jorge had already come on late in the first half for the injured Correa, and José Mari moved up front to take the striker's role. Before they had much of a chance to settle though the locals took the lead, Rivero picking up the ball on the edge of the area after the defence had failed to clear a cross in from the left, and firing an excellent shot which went in off the crossbar after taking a slight deflection off García Calvo's leg.
Aloisi should have made it two a couple of minutes later, but he lost his balance as he was lining up to shoot, Rosado sent another shot over the bar and Rivero rather selfishly tried a shot at goal from Gancedo's cross when he had men free in front of goal. Atlético could still have saved a point though when Aguilera challenged for a Stankovic cross with Antonio López, and the ball looped up off the defender on to the crossbar with Sanzol off his line. It was not to be though, and Osasuna move up five places in the table pending Sunday's games. Atlético miss out on the chance to spend a night at least in the Champions League spots ahead of their city rivals Real Madrid, who are not playing this weekend. It was only the second defeat of the season for Luis Aragonés' side, and with few points separating the top sides they could be out of the top six by the end of the weekend.