First Division - Day 8

Almería 2 - Osasuna 0

Almería: Cobeño; Bruno, Carlos García, Pulido, Mané; Juanito (Soriano 65'), Corona; Natalio (José Ortíz 63'), Felipe Melo, Crusat; Negredo (Kalu Uche 76'). 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Elia; Izquierdo, Miguel Flaño, Cruchaga, Corrales; Juanfran, Puñal, Javi García, Plasil (Margaiz 84'); Portillo (Andrés 49'), Dady (Carlos Vela 68'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Almería: Pulido, Corona, Natalio for Acasiete, Soriano, Juanma Ortíz / Osasuna: Elia, Cruchaga for Ricardo, Josetxo.

1-0. 50. Felipe Melo (penalty). After Elia sent off for pulling down Negredo.
2-0. 69. Negredo. Ran on to lob ball over Andrés from left side of area.

Almería are holding their own in the top flight this season, and they ended the weekend in the top half of the table after a 2-0 win over Osasuna. Unai Emery's side had a couple of chances before the break, efforts Corona and Negredo going wide and Negredo having a penalty appeal turned down. But the turning point of the game came five minutes in to the second half when visiting keeper Elía was sent off for pulling down Negredo, a decision which referee Ontanaya L-opez only gave two minutes later at the instance of his linesman.

Felipe Melo converted the resulting penalty past substitute keeper Andrés (who was only on the bench as Ricardo was suspended), and Negredo lobbed the keeper a few minutes later for his side's second. Juanfran wasted a couple of chances to get one back, virtually his team's only efforts at goal, and Melo and Corona both tried their luck at the other end. But the night belonged to Almería, and at last their fans were able to celebrate the newly promoted club's first home win of the season.