Jose Mourinho is leaving Real Madrid after this last match with much controversy, so it was only right that he came into the contest against Osasuna with much controversy. His squabbles with Iker Casillas were well documented, so even though the keeper had recovered from his injury, he was left out of the lineup in place of Jesus Fernandez.
Sunday saw plenty of drama in La Liga, with some spectacular individual performances and late goals that could be pivotal in the Spanish league this season.
Aritz Aduriz’s first-half double fired Athletic Bilbao to their first away win of the season, ending their recent poor run against fellow La Liga side Granada who are also caught up in the season’s early relegation battle. Continue reading Sunday’s La Liga review→
Barcelona fresh from their 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp last Sunday look to continue where they left off an easy away win meaning you are looking at odds of 1/4 for a Barcelona win.
Osasuna have a monumental task in their first home game of the season, after being easily beaten 2-0 by newly promoted Deportivo La Coruna in the Riazor Stadium, where the Galician side showed that they have no intention of returning to the Segunda Division.
As for Los Rojillos, and their performance in the opening match they will be one of the sides fighting to remain in the top flight come next May despite their 7th place finish last season.
This was a game that did little to help either team’s aspirations of securing a European berth for next season. Malaga missed out on a great opportunity to put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack for the much coveted fourth spot, whilst Osasuna let the chance to draw level with Levante slip through their fingers as they rued missed chances and the failure to capitalise on some first half dominance which saw them start the brighter of the two sides.
Osasuna started the brighter of the two in the first half, keeping the affluent Andalusians on the back foot from the first whistle. Carlos Kameni, who continues to deputise in goal for Caballero, did well to keep the home side at bay as he was more than a match for “Los Rojillos” front line, saving well from the wingers Punal and Timor as well as eventual goal scorer, Nino. Osasuna talisman Nekounam also had a chance to break the deadlock but saw his effort sail over the bar.
The visitors had to wait until the 34th minute for a clear site of goal, but Cazorla’s strike was well blocked by Osasuna’s stalwart, Damia Abella. Moments later, Malaga full back Nacho Monreal thought he had broken the deadlock, but was denied by the woodwork and it began to feel like despite all their riches, the fortunes of “Los Boquerones” showed little chance of changing. Continue reading Pellegrini Ponders Points Passed Up→