First Division - Day 38

Valencia 1 - Osasuna 0

Valencia: Palop; Ruz, Ayala (Marchena 46'), David Navarro, Carboni (Sissoko 57'); Albelda, Fabio Aurelio; Rufete, Aimar, Vicente; Mista (Angulo 76'). 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Sanzol; Expósito, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Corrales; Valdo (Ortíz 76'), Puñal (David López 50'), Muñoz, Moha; Aloisi (Iván Rosado 85'), Milosevic. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valencia: Fabio Aurelio, Mista for Baraja, Angulo / Osasuna: Sanzol, Muñoz, Moha, Aloisi, Milosevic for Elía, Pablo García, Deporte, Morales, Webó.

1-0. 81. Aimar. Headed in on second attempt after Sanzol blocked first header.

After a disappointing season following their double last year, Valencia's only hope of a return to Europe was either for Espanyol to lose or Betis to finish down in fifth or sixth place and then win the cup. However neither happened, and despite a 1-0 win over the other cup finalists Osasuna they had to make do with seventh spot and a place in the Intertoto cup.

If anything, the hosts had the better of dull first half, with Sanzol keeping out the local forwards and Aimar putting a good chance wide. Mista did get the ball in the net, but the header was disallowed for offside. Antonio López brought on Marchena at the break and Aguirre replaced Puñal with David López, and Palop had to be at his best to keep out López just minutes after he came on. Aimar went close following a free kick, but the visitors should have scored when Milosevic headed against the bar, and a few minutes later when Aloisi hit the post.

With ten minutes to go though Aimar got on the end of Rufete's cross to head the ball towards goal, and although Sanzol managed to push the ball up, the Argentine midfielder stepped up to head the rebound in to the net. By then though Espanyol were well in the lead and Betis were on their way to a Champions League spot, meaning that Osasuna themselves would occupy the third UEFA cup spot whatever the result in the cup final, and Valencia would have to settle for the Intertoto.