First Division - Day 21

Valencia 0 - Osasuna 1

Valencia: Cañizares; Curro Torres (Rufete 68'), Ayala, Pellegrino, Carboni; Angulo, Albelda; Jorge López (Xisco 56'), Aimar (Oliveira 78'), Vicente; Mista. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Antonio López; Valdo (Gorka García 70'), Puñal, Pablo García, Muñoz; Webó (Iván Rosado 85'), Aloisi (Palacios 91'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valencia: Pellegrino, Aimar for Marchena, Baraja / Osasuna: Izquierdo, Webó for Expósito, Bakayoko.

0-1. 44. Pellegrino (own goal). Turned Webó's cross from left past own keeper.

A surprise at the Mestalla stadium, where Osasuna beat Valencia 0-1 on Sunday evening to leave Real Madrid two points clear at the top. Rafa Benítez's side were trying to recover from their midweek cup defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, and the manager put out a strong side, only missing the suspended Baraja. But they were unable to get past a well ordered defence, and the visitors got what was to be the only goal of the match at the end of a dull first half, when Pellegrino turned a cross from the wing into his own net past Cañizares.

Rafa Benítez threw on more fire power in the second half, and his side came close to equalising when Vicente's header hit the post. Oliveira had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Megia Dávila after Pablo García brought him down in the area, but Osasuna pulled even further back, and when Carboni was shown the red card four minutes from the end for stamping on an opponent they had won the battle and got their revenge for their elimination in the cup. The Pamplona based side move back up to fifth, and continue to be one of the revelations of the league this season.