Osasuna took a giant step towards salvation this Saturday by beating 0-1 at Deportivo Alavés in Mendizorroza in a dense match in which he had more chances and put land in the middle with the relegation places in the twenty-fifth day of LaLiga Santander.
Kike Barja was the author of the only goal of a match with many disputes and many stops that prevented a lot of football from being seen, but in which the Navarrese were able to get ahead in the first half against an Alavés that gets into trouble and that achieved the first shot between the three sticks in injury time, the work of Joselu Mato, but that ran into Sergio Herrera.
The aerial disputes of the first bars gave way to an attempt by Alavés to gain control of the ball, although the game was very blocked and there were hardly any approaches to both areas.
The Navarrese tried more on their right wing with an active Roberto Torres, although the long balls were the protagonists to look for the references of both teams, who raised a very similar tactical game.
However, the constant stops in the game hardly facilitated the flow and movement of the ball, especially because the midfield had little presence. In addition, when Alavés tried to get the ball from behind, they were under pressure from the rojillos, who were very solid in defensive work.
Only the set piece could offer clarity in the attempts of the two squads They also did not want to make mistakes and kept the clothes in a first half of containment.
In the 36th minute both Florian Lejeune and Víctor Laguardia avoided Osasuna’s first goal and took two consecutive shots from Ante Budimir and Jonathan Calleri on the line in the best play of the first 45 minutes, which ended with an Osasuna with better sensations.
Abelardo reacted with the entry of Rubén Duarte and Facundo Pellistri at halftime, but it was again Jonathan Calleri who gave another warning to Alavés with a dry shot from outside the area that Fernando Pacheco cleared in the 53rd minute.
But the script hardly changed. In a dispute in the area, the Albiazules asked for Torró’s hand, but the VAR dismissed the penalty after reviewing a play that could have unbalanced a score that barely trembled.
The Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri had some spark that gave Alavés another air, but it was Osasuna who had the best chances. In fact, in the 78th minute, the Pamplonians went ahead with a goal from Kike Barja that fortunately defined a good action by Roberto Torres and managed to slip the ball into the local goal.
The VAR reviewed the possibility of an offside or previous foul, but the goal went up for the team that had the most chances.
Abelardo’s men tried to react, they were close to achieving the prize in the discount with a combination between Lucas Pérez and Joselu Mato, but the “nine” babazorro met Sergio Herrera after a hard shot and the three points went to Pamplona.
0 – Deportivo Alavés: Pacheco; Ximo (Deyverson, min. 83), Laguardia (min. 68), Lejeune, Aguirrebabiria (Duarte, min. 46); Manu, Édgar (Rioja, min. 72), Pina, Córdoba (Pellistri, min. 46); Joselu and Lucas Pérez.
1 – CA Osasuna: Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Aridane, David García, Juan Cruz; Oier, Torró (Moncayola, min. 77), Roberto Torres, Rubén García (Unai García, min. 87); Budimir (Enric Gallego, min. 87) and Calleri (Kike Barja, min. 66).
Goals: 0-1, m.78: Kike Barja.
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Murcian Committee). He showed yellow cardboard to the locals Pina (min. 43) and Lucas Pérez (min. 82) to the visitors Unai García (min. 30), Nacho Vidal (min. 40), David García (min. 65) and Juan Cruz ( min. 73).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-fifth day of LaLiga Santander, played without an audience at the Mendizorroza stadium in Vitoria. The local team played with a black armband in memory of Danel Belategi Garbizu, an Albiazul fan who died at the age of 12.