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Primera División

  • May 1, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 18575

Osasuna 1-0 Valencia: Cejudo’s deflected strike condemns Unai Emery's men to successive defeats

Osasuna 1-0 Valencia: Cejudo’s deflected strike condemns Unai Emery's men to successive defeats

A crucial win for the Pamplona side in their fight for survival as they move out of the relegation zone while Valencia now have their third spot in jeopardy

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Osasuna and Valencia played out a dull affair at the Reyno de Navarra with the home side nicking a vital three points with a close fought 1-0 win thanks to a deflected strike from Cejudo.

Osasuna started the match the brighter of the two sides whilst dominating possession in the early exchanges. The home side nearly took the lead in the fifth minute as Lolo managed to beat his man aerially at a corner, but was thwarted by a fantastic save from Valencia goalkeeper Guaita who palmed the ball instinctively over the crossbar.

The Pamplona side had another great opportunity in the 11th minute as Javier Camunas showed Marius Stankevicius a clean set of heels, only for Guaita to produce another excellent stop with an outstretched foot to thwart the Spaniard.

Valencia did manage to feel their way into the game midway through the first half with a decent spell of possession. However Roberto Soldado was looking increasingly isolated up front by himself with both Joaquin and Mata labouring to support him. This was highlighted on the half hour mark as the visitors had their first shot on target with Jonas striking a low effort that was comfortably collected by Ricardo.

The first half was then played out rather timidly by both teams with a real lack of urgency and quality displayed. The first 45 minutes had a real end-of-season feel about it, apart from a few rare glimpses from either side.

The second period commenced similarly to the conclusion of the first half with both teams lacking a cutting edge, and particularly wasteful in possession.

Just as Valencia managed to gain a slight foothold in the game with a decent spell of position, Osasuna took the lead in the 59th minute through Cejudo, whose long-range effort struck Stankevicius and wrong-footed Guaita. The despairing goalkeeper was left with no chance as the ball deflected off the defender and rolled into the empty net. 

The game then reverted back to a tight affair with a lack of quality and clear cut chances. The Navarrans managed to hold on to their solitary goal lead and steal a vital three points in their fight for survival. This victory lifts them out of the relegation zone and gives them massive hope to retain their La Liga status come next season.

For Valencia, back-to-back league defeats now leave them just three points clear of Villarreal in the race to secure the last automatic Champions League qualification spot.