Albacete 0-0 Osasuna: Ten-man hosts hold on for point

Albacete 0-0 Osasuna: Ten-man hosts hold on for point

March 12, 2018 Off By Martin Devlin

Despite owning one of the best nicknames in world football, Albacete (or el queso mecánico, the Clockwork Cheese) were unable to pick up their third win a row as they welcomed Osasuna to the Carlos Belmonte.

As chances go, there was little of note in this match as both sides were unable to fashion clear-cut opportunities.

Albacete set out very defensively with five at the back, but Mariano Bittolo had the best chance for the home side when Jérémie Bela’s ball across the face of the goal fell in stride to the defender but he went for power when placement seemed to be the better option and his shot continued rising as it sailed over the bar.

Osasuna countered with a speculative half-volley from Robert Ibañez but this did not trouble Tomeu Nadal in the home goal.

The most controversial moment in the match came two minutes before the break when Albacete central defender Esteban Saveljich was adjudged to have fouled Osasuna’s David, blocking him off from chasing down a ball on the touchline.

There looked to be little in it, but referee Figueroa Vásquez saw fit to issue a yellow card and, as the Montenegro defender had been carded just four minutes earlier, he also flashed the red card and the hosts were reduced to ten men.

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In the second half, a nervy moment for Osasuna occurred after Albacete substitute Carlos Acuña cut a ball back from the byline and the visiting captain Oier stuck out a leg and diverted it narrowly past his own goal for a corner.

At the death, Osasuna nearly snuck the points when Lucas Torro got his head to a corner and Nadal had to get down in a ruck of bodies to scramble onto the ball and recover it.

The Navarrans can be content with a point which takes them above Real Oviedo thanks to their loss at Tenerife and puts them in sixth in the final playoff spot. Albacete are non-movers at 13.