Osasuna beat Elche in a comfortable way (2-0) to leave the permanence almost sentenced, with 37 points, at the cost of a group from Elche without resources that left a poor image on the lawn of El Sadar to continue in relegation places.
The El Sadar Stadium hosted a duel of different illusions between an Osasuna who wanted to take the penultimate end before securing the permanence definitively and an Elche who arrived in Pamplona occupying relegation places with the need to achieve a balsamic victory.
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During the first minutes, the visitors managed to reach the rival field more incisively with Pere Milla coming down to receive balls before starting the attack. Both teams had a few minutes of testing until the engines were warming up under the intense sun that fell on the Navarrese capital. At that moment the rojillos began to show that they have a much better block than their rivals. What a second round of those from Arrasate!
Osasuna clung to the figure of Jon Moncayola with shots from afar to disturb the debutant Gazzaniga, who sat Edgar Badía on the bench to everyone’s surprise. The Argentine goalkeeper showed off to get a good shot from Moncayola before doing the same with Kike Barja. The inactivity of the goalkeeper was not noticed and the Navarrese warned. It’s more, if it weren’t for the debutant, the win would have been scandalous.
The left side was the big headache for Josan and Colombian Helibelton Palacios. Manu Sánchez was one of the best in the first half and the first goal of the game was born from his boots. The footballer on loan from Atlético de Madrid stepped into the area with confidence to put a pass back that Kike Barja took advantage of. The Noáin used his left foot to put the ball in the right post of the rival goal.
The men of Escribá suffered greatly to defend the attacks of Darko, Sánchez, Rubén García and company. They ended up asking the time before entering the changing rooms to try to redirect the situation. Elche lacked more resources to disturb Osasuna.
The second part started like the first. The visiting team made them want to without getting too uncomfortable for the people of Pamplona, and to make matters worse, bad luck got the better of them.
The Balkan connection between Darko and Ante Budimir made Elche’s behind tremble. The Serbian put a death pass for the Croatian, but he did not connect successfully and Diego González ended up introducing the ball into his own door. 2-0.
Another positive news of the afternoon was starred by Facu Roncaglia and Jonas Ramalho. The Argentine returned to step on a playing field after injuring himself on January 27, while Barakaldo’s made his official debut with the red shirt after arriving on loan in the winter market.
The Verdiblancos limited themselves to sending balls up in a too direct way and with little faith. The bad dynamics and the double income of Osasuna ended up turning off his offensive game.
Finally, Osasuna added his second consecutive victory to leave a very touched Elche who will have to throw the rest in the final days of LaLiga Santander to try to stay one more year in the highest category.
2 – Osasuna: Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal (Ramalho, m. 74), Aridane, David García, Manu Sánchez (Roncaglia, m. 74); Kike Barja (Roberto Torres, m. 74), Moncayola (Oier, m. 85), Torró, Darko; Budimir (Chimy Ávila, m. 81) Rubén García.
0 – Elche: Gazzaniga; Palacios, Dani Calvo, Diego González, Mojica; Josan (Tete Morente, m. 65), Marcone (Luismi, m. 85), Guti (Víctor Rodríguez, m. 75), Rigoni (Piatti, m. 65); Boyé, Milla (Nino, d. 75).
Goals: 1-0, m.38: Kike Barja. 2-0, m.68: Diego González, own goal.
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian Committee), assisted by Martínez Moreno and Carreño Cabrera. The Andalusian referee showed Nacho Vidal and Manu Sánchez yellow from Osasuna and Boyé from the visitor.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirtieth day of LaLiga Santander played in El Sadar behind closed doors.