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May 1, 2011
• Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
• Attendance: 18575
M. Stankevičius 59' (own goal)
90' + 6'
Yellow Card Pablo Hernández
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Ricardo
90' + 3'
It's all over in Pamplona! Osasuna have clinched a priceless three points that has given their hopes of survival a real boost, while Valencia will want to forget an awful display! Thanks for joining us on Goal.com!!!
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Joaquín
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Juan Mata
Four minutes of injury time for Osasuna to see out, and they have the ball exactly where they want it - in Valencia's corner of the pitch.
Osasuna are tiring slightly, but they are remaining firm, in the face of what is not particularly intense pressure from Valencia. Make no mistake, this three points could be season defining for Mendilibar's side - they will jump out of the drop zone if they hold on.
Valencia give the ball away once again, and it looks as though their evening is going to come to a disappointing close. The home fans are still nervous, however.
Yellow Card Ricardo Costa
Ricardo Costa catches Kike Sola on the face with a meaty elbow, but the referee awards just a free-kick. Perhaps slightly fortunate there, the Portuguese.
Yellow Card Soriano
Camunas orchestrates a rare break for the home side in the closing stages, but his shot is weak and is easily gathered by Guaita.
Yellow Card Marius Stankevicius
Emery throws on Pablo Hernandez as his last substitution, but in truth Valencia deserve absolutely nothing from this contest. The Madrid hammering from last week still looks to be on their mind.
MATA! The ball broke nicely to the Spaniard after a poor clearance from Nelson, but could only slice his volley into the stand. He should have at least hit the target there.
Yellow Card Javad Nekounam
Valencia definitely the team in control of the match now, but continue to look lackluster and absent of any fresh ideas. It will take something special for them to get anything out of this match.
Mata swings a ball into the area, but it is woefully overhit, and his effort sums up Valencia's abject performance so far this evening. They have rarely given Osasuna anything to think about.
Miguel and Mathieu are pushed on, on either flank, as Valencia attempt to push Osasuna deep into their own territory. The home side must avoid drifting further and further back, however, and inviting pressure.
The crowd voice their displeasure as Valencia enjoy one of their longest spells of possession in the match. But they aren't penetrating, and Osasuna look comfortable at this stage.
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
And Emery does make the change - Aduriz comes on to replace Jonas, and Valencia will likely revert to a conventional 4-4-2 now. Time is running out, however.
Valencia swap Albelda for Banega in the middle of the pitch as they attempt to become more offensive, but they need to freshen things up at the business end in order to get back into this match - Soldado and Jonas have been largely ineffective.
Camunas collides with Mathieu inside the area, and crowd scream for a penalty kick, but the referee isn't interested in the slightest, and waves play on.
Cejudo will almost certainly claim that one - it looked to be covered by Guaita, who was heading in that direction, but the deflection was significant. What will Valencia's response be?
Own Goal Marius Stankevicius
Assist Álvaro Cejudo
GOOOOOALLLLL!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!! CEJUDO!!! A long-range effort strikes Stankevicius and wrong-foots Guaita, who had no chance. Fortunate, but a crucial goal for the home side! 1-0 Osasuna!
Mathieu reaches the byline for the first time in the match, and his low cross into the area doesn't find any takers in white. Valencia upping the ante ever-so-slightly.
Yellow Card Guaita
JOAQUIN! Best chance of the match for Valencia. The former Spain winger linked well with Soldado, but as Ricardo approached he could only poke his shot wide of the target. Should perhaps have did better there.
Yellow Card Javier Calleja
Yellow Card Albelda
Cejudo whips in a free kick, but the ball is too high, and Guaita decides, correctly, to let it run for a goal kick. Meanwhile, the keeper is booked for time-wasting. Already?
Pandiani and Aranda are on the bench for Osasuna, and you would imagine that one of those strikers will be introduced if Jose Luis Mendilibar's men feel they can win this.
Osasuna have swung three or four crosses into the area but they have not posed any danger. Costa headed two clear, while Guaita easily claimed the others.
No changes in personnel at half time, and the pattern of play has changed little, either. A goal would spark this match into life and banish the caution with which both sides are playing.
Back underway in Pamplona. Let's hope for some goals.
45' + 2'
Nelson fires in another useless strike, and with that the referee end the half. Osasuna have had the better of the action, but in truth it's been a low quality encounter so far. Join us again in 15 minutes, for what we hope will be an action-packed second half.
Two minutes of injury time. The misery is almost over, folks - I'll wake you up for the second half.
Excellent block from Ricardo Costa, throwing his body into the way of a vicious Kike Sola volley. That could be the last incident of the half.
Happily Ricardo looks to be fine. His recovery is about the most interesting thing that has happened in the past 15 minutes. Hopefully half time might shake these sides into action.
Mata fizzes a cross in a dangerous area, Soldado almost reaches the ball, but accidentally continues his run and crashes into Ricardo, and then the post. The striker is ok, but the keeper looks as though he might be struggling. He's 39, remember.
Camunas drags a shot across goal that doesn't begin to threaten, while Calleja hits an equally ineffective effort that Guaita easily gathers. Osasuna, frankly, will have to do much better than that.
Apart from a few glimpses, Valencia have lacked fluency for much of the half, and their misgivings are doing little to improve the spectacle.
Osasuna press, winning a corner, and as the ball breaks to the edge of the area, Monreal's strike is not cleanly hit. A decent chance to test Guaita there, but the full-back couldn't take it.
First shot on target from Valencia, with Jonas striking a low effort that is comfortably gathered by Ricardo. Easy for the veteran, that one.
Low on quality, unfortunately, this match so far. It is being played out as an end of season game, that belies what is actually at stake, particularly for Osasuna.
Osasuna, still, can point to the fact that they have had the two best chances of the match so far, by some distance. Sergio and Lolo have looked untroubled defensively.
Valencia now enjoying a spell of possession that is frustrating their hosts and drawing boos from the crowd. Starting to raise their game slightly, Unai Emery's side.
Lovely build-up play from Mata and Miguel on the right flank, but the former could not pick out a pass inside the area. Valencia starting to show now, at least.
Osasuna, in front of a sell-out home support, have lost some of their early momentum, and allowed Valencia back into the contest. They'll need to regain their intensity in order to remain on top.
Nelson strikes a ludicrous effort, from all of 40 yards, on his bad foot, and as expected his shot trickles hopelessly wide of the goal.
Albelda fires in a rasping shot from all of 30 yards, but his effort is always rising, and does not threaten Ricardo's goal. Valencia have offered little so far.
Sergio this time leaps highest for Osasuna ten yards out, but can't direct his header towards the target. Set-pieces could be a source of joy for the home side tonight, as they continue to enjoy almost all of the possession.
OUCH! Nekounam takes a boot into the side as Albelda jumps to head the ball forward. The Iranian felt that one, but looks ok to continue.
HUUUUYY!!! Another chance for Osasuna! Stankevicius laboured to catch Camunas as he bore down on goal, but Guaita once more is alert and blocks the shot with his foot.
Valencia conceded six goals at home for the first time in their history versus Real Madrid last weekend, and the same back five are playing tonight. So far, their confidence looks as fragile as it was last weekend. Osasuna much the better side.
First effort in anger from the visitors, but Joaquins ambitious long-range volley lacks control and whizzes harmlessly over the crossbar.
HUUUUYYY!!! Fantastic stop from Guaita!!! Lolo leaps highest and makes excellent contact with a corner, but the Valencia keeper throws his arm up instinctively to palm the ball over the crossbar. Superb play all round.
Osasuna have started the brighter, dominating possession in the early exchanges, and Kike Sola has already an effort on goal, but headed wide of the post.
We are underway here in Pamplona.
Now Valencia, with Brazilian Jonas handed a start: Guaita; Miguel, Stankevicius, R.Costa, Mathieu; Albelda, Topal; Joaquin, Mata; Jonas, Soldado
Osasuna line up as follows: Ricardo; Nelson, Lolo, Sergio, Monreal; Cejudo, Nekounam, Punal, Calleja; Camunas, Kike Sola
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Osasuna versus Valencia from Pamplona! With the visitors in third spot in the table, they must win to keep a gap to Villarreal in fourth, while the home side need the points in order to move out of the Primera Division drop zone!
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