Osasuna clearly outplayed a lazy Valencia (3-1) to add the third consecutive win and to virtually certify the permanence in the First Division, in the absence of six days, with 40 points in his locker.
The Navarrese team was made from the start with possession of the ball against a Valencia that does not win away from Mestalla since last January 10, against Real Valladolid 0-1.
The pressure of Osasuna had his reward in the 13th minute. A horrible control of Musah after a long pass from Jaume facilitated the recovery of the red team. Argentine Jonathan Calleri picked up the ball in front of the area, Diakhaby ignored Javi Martínez and the squad, alone, controlled the ball calmly before scoring his first goal in the First Division.
The Portuguese Gonçalo Guedes disturbed with a shot from afar that crashed into the right post of the goal defended by Sergio Herrera, but it was difficult for Valencia to create dangerous plays before Carlos Soler’s loss.
The game went through a scoring phase until the visitors put the equalizer. Guedes put a pass into the hole so that the French Kevin Gameiro tied the duel with a powerful right hand in the 30th minute.
Valencia’s lack of defensive intensity led to a failure by captain Gayà in the pass. Javi Martínez controlled the ball to give the goal to Calleri, who scored the second local goal with a low shot hitting a post.
The good moment of the game that Osasuna is going through made the second half start as the first ended, with reddish dominance. In the 63rd minute, the VAR reviewed a penalty for a hand by Molina that went completely unnoticed and was finally whistled by Melero López.
Roberto Torres missed the maximum penalty, but a minute later Valencia returned to commit a penalty for a hand from Diakhaby. Roberto Torres launched it on the same side and scored in the League 16 days later.
The Valencia coach, Javi Gracia, put in offensive footballers to try to redirect the situation in the last leg of the game, but luck and lack of aim did not accompany his team.
With this victory, the Pamplona fans can be calm, because next season they will see their team again among the greatest after having a dream second round.
3 – Osasuna: Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Aridane, David García, Manu Sánchez; Torró; Roberto Torres (Budimir, m. 78), Oier (Moncayola, m. 62), Javi Martínez (Darko, m. 74), Adrián (Rubén García, m. 62); Calleri (Chimy Ávila, m.78).
1 – Valencia: Jaume; Molina (Jason, m. 80), Diakhaby, Gabriel, Gayá; Musah (Kang-In, m. 52), Wass, Racic (Oliva, m. 52), Cheryshev (Cutrone, m. 69); Guedes, Gameiro (Manu Vallejo, d. 80).
Goals: 1-0 Javi Martínez (m. 13), 1-1 Gameiro (m. 30), 2-1 Calleri (m. 32), 3-1 Torres, from a penalty (m. 68).
Referee: Mario Melero López (Andalusian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Oier by Osasuna and to Guedes and Diakhaby, from Valencia.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-first day of LaLiga Santander played at the El Sadar stadium behind closed doors. The players of both teams took to the field of play with a shirt with the slogan ‘Earn It. The football is for the fans’ (Win it, football is for the fans).