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First Division - Day 34

Osasuna 1 – Valencia 1

Osasuna: Andrés; Marc Bertran, Arribas, Miguel Flaño, Damià; Francisco Silva, Raoul Loe; Alvaro Cejudo (Oier 70’), De las Cuevas (Acuña 86’), Roberto Torres (Armenteros 78’); Oriol Riera. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Guaita; Barragán, Rubén Vezo (Piatti 76’), Mathieu, Bernat; Keita, Dani Parejo; Feghouli (Jonas 56‘), Vargas (Vinícius Araújo 65’), Fede; Paco Alcácer. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 19. Oriol Riera. Following up after Guaita couldn’t hold shot by Torres.
1-1. 82. Jonas. Picked up Araújo pass and turned angled shot past Andrés.

Yellow cards: Roberto Torres 20’, Damià 44’, Keita 55’, Francisco Silva 66’, Mathieu 73’.

Valencia lost ground on the teams vying for the European spots after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna on Saturday evening, and they ended the day seven points adrift of seventh placed Villarreal. The best chance that the Ches have of a return to Europe though is if they can win this year’s Europa League, and Pizzi rested several key players for Thursday night’s semi-final clash with Sevilla. The locals needed points to distance themselves from the drop zone, and Oriol Riera gave them the lead in the twentieth minute after Guaita spilled a long shot from Roberto Torres at his feet. Bertran was lucky to be let off a penalty appeal for hands at the other end, but early in the second half Torres came close to a second when his shot hit the post and bounced back across goal. Valencia had hardly troubled Andrés up to that point, but with eight minutes to go Jonas saved a point for the visitors, firing an angled shot which Arribas helped on past the keeper following a rapid counter-attack.