Sevilla let a two goal lead slip as Osasuna produced a spirited second half display to secure an important victory in the race to avoid relegation.
A late Osasuna revival at te Estadio Reyno de Navarro has dented Sevilla’s Europa League aspirations for next season as the Navarrans came back from two goals down to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory. An Alvaro Negredo double was cancelled out by a second half brace from Kike Sola, with Dejan Lekic scoring an injury time winner for the hosts.
It may have been an evening where Barcelona tied up La Liga for a third consecutive season, but there was still plenty for both sides to play for. A win for Sevilla would give them the edge over Atletico Madrid in the race for Spain’s final Europa League positon. On the other hand, Osasuna, although sitting in 15th, were still not clear of the relegation battle, and began the round only two points above 18th place.
The game started brightly, but Osasuna’s defensive vulnerabilities were eventually exposed by the visitors when Diego Perotti hoisted a free kick into the area where Alvaro Negredo was allowed to win the header amidst a cluster of red shirts and he thumped his effort downwards into the bottom right corner leaving goalkeeper Diego helpless after 26 minutes.
If Jose Luis Mendilibar was frustrated with his sides defending for the opener, he would have to admit that there was an element of misfortune in Sevilla’s second, only two minutes later. An attempted cross from the left took a wicked deflection and looped over the despairing goalkeeper before bouncing back off the right hand post to an unmarked Negredo who gratefully nodded his second in as many minutes into an unguarded net to give Sevilla a 2-0 lead at half time.
What the men from Navarre could not do in the first half, they did in the very first minute of the second, when Kike Sola scored from point blank range to hand them a way back into the game after Javier Camunas had crossed.
Osasuna began to throw bodies forward in search of an equaliser, and the hosts' work ethic and belief then paid off in a frantic three minute spell, with Kike Sola first finding an equaliser when he hit the bottom corner after the ball was nodded on by Alvaro Cejudo in the 87th minute.
The crowd at the Reyno de Navarro went wild but it was nothing compared to the reaction two minutes later when a brilliant run down the left flank by the inspirational Javier Camunas allowed him to lay the ball off for substitute Dejan Lekic and the Serbian striker made no mistake beating Javi Varas to his right.
There was six minutes of injury time played due to a facial injury sustained by Camunas during his part in Osasuna’s winner, but los Rojillos held firm to secure a memorable and vital 3-2 victory. Sevilla will be highly disappointed with their part in letting a two goal lead slip and are now level on points with Atletico Madrid. Osasuna on the other hand claim three important points in the race to avoid relegation.