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January 22, 2012
• Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 13000
Thanks for joining Goal.com's LIVE text commentary of La Liga action. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure. In the end, Osasuna score late and earn a 1-1 draw against a poor Valencia side. Remember to check out the match report and player ratings!
90' + 2'
GoalManuel Ortiz Toribio
Goal Osasuna! What a costly foul that was! A long cross results in a header on goal, and Lolo finished it up from close after an initial save by Alves. 1-1 at the death!
90' + 2'
Game over! 1-1! Osasuna earn a point with a late goal by Lolo! Wow!
90' + 1'
Straight red card for Albelda for a crunching tackle. Deserved the card. That could have been a bad injury for Timor. The veteran gets up and offers an apology.
Feghouli comes off for Bruno as Emery looks to cement his defending intent.
A fortunate goal for Valencia in their only threat in the second half. A few minutes left and they escape with three points.
GOAL VALENCIA! THERE IT IS! SOLDADO! Off the throw, Tino Costa attempts a shot that looked more like a cross. The ball flew towards the middle of the box as Soldado, who was alone, got enough on it to head it off the far post and in!
Bernat wins a corner with a run down the wing. Could we see a goal here?
Late free kick from the corner for Osasuna as a cross comes in but is grabbed with ease by Alves.
Both teams look set to earn a point here unless we see something late. Based on how this one is going, looks doubtful.
We have reached the final 10 minutes. Diego Alves' saves have kept this one level, as has Valencia's inability to do anything with the ball.
Manuel Ortiz Toribio
Sub for Osasuna. Nekounam comes off with an injury as Lolo comes on.
15 minutes remaining here. This one looks set to end in a goalless draw.
Valencia are threatening with a couple corners but still cant find the breakthrough. Precision must have been left at Mestalla after the midweek 4-1 win.
Bernat is fouled outside the box after a cut inside. Free kick for Valencia comes in via Costa, but a foul by Los Che results in a set piece for the home side.
Tino Costa drills a ball over the goal from outside the box.
Rami, with a great tackle, gets Valencia on the counter, and Feghouli ends up receiving the ball, then playing Soldado into the box. The pass is too long and Fernandez pounces on it.
No real chances since for Valencia in quite a while. This is getting painful.
Just under 30 minutes to go. Both defenses have played well, while the attackers have down next to nothing.
Tino Costa is fouled in the defensive half as Valencia look to get things rolling. Can the subs make a positive impact?
Yellow CardSofiane Feghouli
Double substitution for Valencia as Banega and Jonas come off for Bernat and Aduriz.
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
Yellow CardJavad Nekounam
Yellow CardJordi Alba
Alves again! On the free kick, Nekounam hit a solid effort towards the left post, over the wall, but the Brazilian made a fantastic save, knocking it wide at the last moment.
Dangerous free kick here for Osasuna at the top of the box.
Alves!!!! A corner from Osasuna sees Raul Garcia head a powerful effort to the front post, but the former Almeria man was there with a punching effort.
Rami looks for Barragan down the right, playing a low, quality ball, but his fellow defender can't reach it as it goes out for a goal kick.
Here we go!
Minutes away from the start of the second half.
What an uneventful first half as Valencia and Osasuna are tied 0-0. The second half will begin shortly.
45' + 1'
That's the end of the first half as a handball by Jordi Alba in the box is not awarded as the Spaniard was fouled prior. At the break, it's 0-0.
One added minute.
Lamah is alert and steals the ball away from Valencia in their defensive half, carrying the ball towards goal, firing a low shot that finds Alves. Poor end product but solid job creating the chance.
Valencia go on the counter after poor execution on a free kick by Osasuna. Feghouli is played down the right wing and sends in a lovely ball to Soldado, but the striker was offside.
There is plenty of space for both teams moving forward. The poor long passing has negated nearly every potential effort. Credit to the defenders though, as each is attentive, aside from Barragan's poor clearances.
Just under 10 minutes remaining as we await a quality look on goal.
Valencia's plans are clear. They want to play down the wing, but Osasuna are making it difficult, pushing players one way, allowing them to double up.
Penalty? No! What a strange play. A pass back finds Alves, and the Brazilian's clearance is deflected by Lekic. Both raced for the loose ball, and the striker fell down, but no penalty was called. Hard to see if there was much contact there. Valencia dodge a bullet. It could have gone either way.
Yellow CardÁlvaro Cejudo
Emery gives directions to his players to change up the tactics as Jonas makes an appearance. The Brazilian has not been involved much, but wins a corner with a deflected shot. On the corner, Valencia's third of the game, Costa sends in a ball that is headed out with ease.
Free kick to Valencia sees a long ball from Tino Costa fall right to the Osasuna custodian. Sums up the first half.
Poor game as we near 30 minutes. The defenders are performing well, allow the attackers little space.
Soldado wins a corner down the right with a quality move inside the box. On the corner, a cross from Banega finds nobody, not even settling in the box.
Soldado gets his first quality look down the ride side, firing a low effort towards the near post, but the effort misses the target, but not by much.
Time is passing quickly on the game. Some spectators may be catching up on their sleep in this one. No real action whatsoever.
Yellow CardMarc Bertrán
Yellow card coming as Jordi Alba receives a Bertran elbow in the head near the middle of the pitch.
Through ball into the box finds Roberto Soldado on the right, but the striker was way offside. Correct call made.
Nearly a quarter of an hour has passed and neither team has much to show for it. Both teams have been alert in defence in these opening instances.
Valencia win a corner but do little with it as Feghouli gets a look on goal but fires the ball over the net.
Valencia, with patience, look to build moving forward, but the passing in the attacking half as been poor, ending each threat early.
Poor defending from the visitors as a throw in from the side results in a header into the box, where the central defenders just watch before Alves snags it. Could have been a dangerous chance there.
Jonas takes his team's first effort, but his long shot flies over the goal, not even close.
Feghouli makes a run down the right, looking to find the corner, but plays the ball back as Valencia still don't look quite comfortable.
The early possession is to Osasuna, who are controlling the pace of the game, looking to play down the wings. Valencia resort to long clearances as they look to settle in.
The action has begun!
The start is just minutes away!
No real major surprises for either side, though it's not often we see both Ever Banega and Tino Costa playing together. The Argentines, though different players, both bring quality on the ball, something the side will need today if they hope to earn three points.
For Valencia: Diego Alves, Barragan, Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Banega, Tino Costa, Feghouli, Jonas and Soldado.
The starting XI for Osasuna: Andres, Bertran, Sergio, Miguel Flano, Satrustegui, Punal, Nekounam, Cejudo, Raul Garcia, Lamah and Lekic.
As always, you can get involved on Twitter. Send predictions and comments to @RCGonzalez10
A noon start time in Spain sees Los Che on the road, looking to bounce back from a loss to Real Sociedad last time out in league action. Unai Emery's side sit in third place in the league with 34 points. The hosts are technically in ninth with 26, though tied on points with Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao, with the latter holding down sixth place.
Hello everyone and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from the La Liga contest between Osasuna and Valencia from Reyno de Navarra.
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