Osasuna 2-2 Real Mallorca: Islanders grab their first point of the post-Michael Laudrup era

La Liga Week 7
Saturday October 1, 2011 (17.00 UK)

Raul Garcia 45, 59 – Hemed pen 34, pen 79
Nsue sent off 45
Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona

Saturday evening saw Osasuna and Real Mallorca share the spoils in an entertaining draw at the Reyno de Navarra as the Islanders ended a dramatic week.

Much of the build-up to this match was firmly focussed on the resignation of Mallorca boss Michael Laudrup following the win over Real Sociedad. Even so, the visitors looked as though they were going to continue that form during the first 45 minutes..

Mallorca, managed by Miguel Angel Nadal for the trip to Pamplona, started the better side, carving open chances for Tomas Pina and Emilio Nsue, but Andres Fernandez in the Osasuna net was equal to them.

It was just when the hosts looked to be getting a foothold in the game when the visitors took the lead. Miguel Flano bundled Tomer Hemed to the floor in the penalty area, attempting to tackle him from behind, and the Israeli stepped up himself to score the spot-kick.

Osasuna levelled just before halftime, however, with Raul Garcia heading home from a corner after some very questionable Mallorca defending and marking, but the Atletico Madrid-owned midfield was not complaining.

A quarter of an hour after the break, the same combination put the home side in the lead as Alvaro Cejudo’s corner found Garcia unmarked to head in another.

Things appeared to be going from bad to worse for Nadal’s men as Nsue saw red for lashing out at Roland Lamah, but ironically it was Lamah who offered Mallorca a way back into the match.

The attacker caught Alejandro Alfaro in the penalty area and Hemed once again stepped up to find the net.

Osasuna (4-2-3-1): Fernandez; Bertran, Ruben, Flano (Lolo 45), Jukka Raitala (Nekounam 40); Punal, Raul Garcia; Cejudo, Martinez, Lamah; Kike Sola (Lekic 82)
Unused subs: Ricardo, Annunziata, Ibrahima, Damia

Mallorca (4-1-2-1-2): Aouate; Zuiverloon, Chico, Ramis, Pedro Bigas; Marti; Nsue, Castro (Pereira 75); Pina (Joao Victor 85); Hemed, Victor (Alfaro 70)
Unused subs: Calatayud, Crespi, Pablo Lopez, Tejera

Did you know… Osasuna have beaten Mallorca once in their last eight meetings.

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