First Division - Day 14

Osasuna 1 - Espanyol 0

Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Mateo, Cruchaga, Antonio López; Puñal, Alfredo; Rivero (Muñoz 89'), Iván Rosado (Gorka Brit 67'), Moha (Gancedo 66'); Aloisi. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Sergio Sánchez; Bertrán (Crusat 82'), Lopo, Amaya (Velamazán 67'), Ricardo Cavas; Morales, Alex Fernández; Martín Posse, Maxi, Roger; Milosevic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Osasuna: Alfredo for Muñoz / Espanyol: Sergio Sánchez, Lopo, Amaya, Ricardo Cavas, Roger, Milosevic for Argensó, Domoraud, Soldevilla, David García, Crusat, Tamudo.

1-0. 46. Antonio López. Bent free kick around wall and into bottom corner of net.

Osasuna made it thirteen points out of a possible fifteen after beating a struggling Espanyol 1-0. Javier Aguirre appears to have found his ideal line up, and he only made one change to his side, bringing back Alfredo after a one match ban for Muñoz. Ramón Moya though is having serious problems deciding on his team, and as well as the three defensive changes for suspensions to Soldevilla, Domoraud and David García, he was also forced (mainly due to injury) to bring in Roger, Milosevic and Sergio Sánchez.

The keeper was in action right from the start, blocking a shot from Iván Rosado with his feet and tipping a Puñal free kick over the bar. Espanyol's only reply was a Maxi effort which went wide. Then just seconds after the restart Osasuna won a free kick on the edge of the area, and Antonio López struck a shot wide of Sánchez for the only goal of the match. There was no reaction from the Catalan side though other than a half-hearted shot from Roger, and Aloisi had three or four chances to extend the lead as the locals kept up the pressure, including one effort from close range which Sánchez somehow managed to block.

With the game coming to an end Martín Posse lost his nerves and was shown a second yellow card, leaving his side with ten men. After only picking up three points from their last seven games Espanyol are now next to bottom, four points adrift of eighteenth placed Sevilla, and Moya will be lucky to keep his job too much longer if things don't change.