First Division - Day 34

Osasuna 2 - Betis 1

Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Antonio López; Puñal, Alfredo (Muñoz 85'); Rivero (Palacios 63'), Valdo, Moha; Morales (Aloisi 75'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Prats; Tais (Varela 46'), Juanito, Filipescu, Luis Fernández (Benjamín 81'); Marcos Assunçao (Gastón Casas 46'), Arzu, Ito; Joaquín, Fernando; Alfonso. 4-3-2-1.

Team changes: Osasuna: Alfredo, Moha for Pablo García, Gancedo / Betis: Ito for Varela.

0-1. 27. Juanito. Headed down into net from Marcos Assunçao corner.
1-1. 32. Moha. Lifted shot over keeper into net from left of goal.
2-1. 40. Puñal (penalty). After Luis Fernández tripped Morales in area.

Osasuna recorded an invaluable win over Betis, and move three points away from the relegation spots as a result. They had to come from behind to do it though, the visitors taking the lead around the half hour mark when Juanito headed home Assunçao's corner. The Pamplona based side had not won at home in three months and it seemed they were on for another pasting. But they could not afford to lose, and knowing that their closest rivals had already been defeated they set about the task at hand. Moha had already cleared an effort from Ito off the line earlier in the game, and he rounded off a good game scoring his first league goal of the season after Prats had misjudged a cross from Izquierdo. That made the scores even, and eight minutes later Luis Fernández tripped Morales in the penalty area and Puñal put his side in front from the spot.

Víctor Fernández brought on Varela and Gastón Casas at the break, and Fernando hit the post with a shot from outside of the area. The game started to get bad tempered though, and Casas earned himself a red card after an off-the-ball incident with Josetxo. After that the home side controlled the game, and substitute Aloisi could have made it three had his header not struck the bar. The result means that Betis have now gone six games without a win, and having been in line for a Champions League place earler in the season they are now virtually out of the race for the UEFA spots.