Sunday September 11, 2011 (17.00 UK)
Nino 28, Alvaro 30 – Barral 75
Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona
Osasuna continued their impressive start to the new season with a victory at home to Sporting Gijon.
The match began with both teams having a share of the possession but it was the home side that looked the most threatening, especially from their set pieces.
Sporting’s first chance came after 19 minutes courtesy of new signing Oscar Trejo whose effort from the edge of the Osasuna box was well saved by stand-in keeper Andres Fernandez.
The first goal came after a neat finish from Nino followed a quick counter-attacking move from the home side, Kike Sola provided the assist. The lead was doubled a minute later when Alvaro Cejuda finished with his left foot after a pass from Sergio.
After gaining their two-goal cushion, Los Rojillos were content to concede more control of the ball to Sporting and wait for more counter-attacking opportunities. However, the extra pressure paid off for the away side and substitute David Barral pulled a goal back for Los Rojiblancos after 75 minutes.
In the end Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team held on for the three points with some last-ditch defending as the Asturians continued to apply pressure right to the final whistle. Meanwhile Sporting Coach Manolo Preciado will be concerned as his team remains without at point and at the wrong end of the table.
Osasuna (4-1-3-2): Fernandez; Raitala, Sergio (Flano 62), Roversio, Bertran; Punal; Lamah (Calleja 79), Alvaro Cejudo, Lolo; Kike Sola (R. Garcia 71), Nino
Unused subs: Ricardo, Calleja, R. Garcia, Damia, Balde, Copovi
Sporting (4-2-3-1): Juan Pablo; Suarez, Botia, Ivan Hernandez, Canella; Eguren (Ayoze 46), Sergio Alvarez; Trejo (Barral 55), Andre Castro (Rivera 45), De Las Cuevas; Sangoy
Unused subs: Novo, Cuellar, Arnolin, Orfila
Did you know…Last season Osasuna won all six La Liga games that they lead at half time [via @optajose]