First Division - Day 16

Racing Santander 0 - Osasuna 0

Racing: Ricardo; Afek (Moratón 86'), Pablo Casar, Neru, Ayoze; Diego Mateo, Anderson Silva (Jonathan 68'); Morán, Benayoun, Javi Guerrero (Regueiro 66'); Bodipo. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Antonio López; Valdo (Muñoz 68'), Puñal, Pablo García, Moha; Bakayoko (Webó 85'), Aloisi (Palacios 90'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Racing: Afek, Neru, Anderson Silva, Javi Guerrero for Coromina, Juanma, Nafti, Regueiro / Osasuna: Antonio López for Gorka García.

Goals: None.

Controversy at Racing Santander, where the local side may have to forfeit the match after fielding four non-EU players for a couple of minutes in the second half against fourth placed Osasuna. The incident happened when Lucas Alcaraz brought on Regueiro for Javi Guerrero in the second half with Afek, Benayoun and Anderson Silva still on the park, and although he realised his mistake almost immediately (probably due to the screams coming from the directors' box) and took off Anderson, the damage had already been done. The game finished without goals, but under league rules the visitors may be awarded a 0-3 win when the disciplinary hearing comes up next week.

Most of the action came in the first half, with Bodipo sending a header bouncing against the post in the first minute and Ricardo saving at point blank range from a Bakayoko header shortly afterwards. Valdo shot wide later in the first half, but there were no other chances worthy of comment until the last minute of the second half, when visiting substitute Webó struck a spectacular overhead kick past Sanzol only to see the goal disallowed unfairly for dangerous play by referee Puentes Leira. The draw means that Osasuna hold on to fourth spot subject to the disciplinary ruling.

PS. The disciplinary committee decided to dock a point from Racing but not to award the win to Osasuna given the short time the four non-EU players were on the field of play. Lucas Alcaraz was also suspended for a month as a result. Both sides will appeal though, and as a result the sentence is not applicable for the time being.