First Division - Day 33

Espanyol 0 - Osasuna 0

Espanyol: Toni; Morales (Velamazán 66'), Torricelli, Lopo, Soldevilla, David García; Maxi, Alex Fernández (De la Peña 55'), Domoraud, Roger (Martín Posse 76'); Milosevic. 5-4-1.
Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Antonio López; Puñal, Pablo García; Rivero, Gancedo (Alfredo 63'), Valdo (Iván Rosado 92'); Morales (Palacios 71'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Lopo, Morales, Roger for Marc Bertrán, Jarque, De la Peña / Osasuna: Cruchaga, Rivero, Morales for Mateo, Manfredini, Iván Rosado.

Goals: None.

A 0-0 draw between Espanyol and Osasuna, which leaves both sides still unsure of first division football next season. It was a defensive and at times bad tempered game, with Javier Clemente lining up for the first time at home with five defenders, team captain Morales coming in and taking up a right wing back position. Osasuna also had their Morales though, "Chengue" making a rare start at centre forward to belie rumours that he was returning to Uruguay, and after heading over the bar early on, he brought a good save out of Toni in the tenth minute. Valdo shot wide as the visitors got the better of their hosts, but Roger almost caught out Sanzol with an inswinging free kick from wide on the right which the keeper only just managed to get to. Then before half time Toni made the save of the night, tipping Josetxo's header on to the crossbar and away.

Nerves were on edge though, and there was some pushing between the players, in particular Gancedo with Soldevilla and Torricelli, as they entered the tunnel at half time. Lopo had to go off to have stitches put into a cut after he and Chengue Morales clashed early in the second half, and Gancedo got into trouble again after he tried a shot at goal rather than put the ball out of play as Toni lay motionless on the ground. A few minutes later referee Carmona Méndez sent off Pablo García after he brought down De la Peña from behind, but even then Javier Clemente's men were unable to take advantage, with Milosevic heading wide and Soldevilla sending a shot bouncing past the post. A point was enough though to keep the Catalans four points clear of their opponents, and after ten games now without defeat they should be still in the top flight come September.