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