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Real Oviedo 2-1 Osasuna: Saul Berjon strikes late for hosts

Real Oviedo 2-1 Osasuna: Saul Berjon strikes late for hosts

Juan Antonio Anquela gamble to revert to a back three paid off as Oviedo secured a home victory which propelled them temporarily into 6th place on Saturday afternoon.

Oviedo did not get off to the best of starts after Osasuna took the lead as early as the 3rd minute when Rubén García delivered a corner which was poorly defended and when the ball fell to Unai García he lashed the ball past Alfonso Herrero to give Los Rojillos the advantage.

The first half became extremely scrappy with both teams making a number of mistakes with Oviedo failing to find a way to break down the defence of Osasuna and trouble Rubén’s goal, In fact the only real chance the home side had of equalising in the first half was when Ramón Folch struck a shot high and wide of the Osasuna goal.

The second half was a slightly different story as Oviedo started to push Osasuna further and further back into their own half, Oviedo looked short of ideas upfront in the first half and it had cost them but with Juan Antonio Anquela bringing on Ibrahima Baldé to change tactic and play with two up front made all the difference as they began to create more chances.

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The Oviedo pressure paid off in the 62nd minute when Unai García turned from hero to villain after he found the back of his own net when he headed in a Javi Hernandez free kick, with the score level Oviedo piled on more pressure with Folch almost scoring for Carbayones. Osasuna were starting to implode at this point and their cause was not helped when Lillo was sent off after collecting a second yellow card.

Oviedo could now smell blood in the water and in the 90th minute they finally found their second goal when Saúl Berjón launched a free kick into the Osasuna box which Rubén flapped at under pressure and the ball nestled into the net as Oviedo held on for the remaining seconds to claim a hard earned home victory.