Villarreal beat Osasuna

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Villarreal beat Osasuna in the Spanish Primera Liga on Sunday.

Villarreal beat Osasuna

Villarreal:

Spanish La Liga surprise packages Osasuna travelled south-east from their Pamplona home to the Mediterranean coast on Sunday, to take on a Villarreal side looking for their first win in four games. Osasuna, lying second in the table at the start of he day, had the chance to close the gap on leaders Barcelona and were fortunate to take the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute. The Villarreal defence failed to clear their lines and Raul Garcia's speculative effort eluded home goalkeeper Sebastian Viera. For all their first half possession though, the best chance that Villarreal could muster was a tame Diego Forlan effort that was easily kicked away by 'keeper Ricardo Lopez at the other end six minutes before the half-time break. The second half had hardly started when the visitors wasted a chance to take a 2-0 lead. Lopez hit the crossbar with a right foot shot and Inaki Munoz made a mess of the rebound. Osasuna would live to regret that moment.With 20 minutes left, and with the home fans having had only a few half chances to shout about, substitute Antonio Guayre tumbled to the ground under a challenge from Osasuna defender Javier Flano. Referee Dauden Ibanez immediately awarded a penalty although the replay showed minimum contact between the pair. Juan Roman Riquelme stepped up to send Ricardo the wrong way and square the match at 1-1. Six minutes later Flano was again at the centre of things when the ball came his way inside the Osasuna penalty area. This time the referee ruled that his right foot had been blocked by Garcia on the point of shooting and awarded another spot kick, waving away some bitter protests from the visitors. Again, the replay seemed inconclusive with both players appearing to go for the ball in a 50-50 challenge. However, that was not how referee Ibanez saw it and Riquelme converted once again for his ninth goal of the season. It remained 2-1 at the final whistle and the win moved Villarreal up to fifth in the table, while Osasuna dropped to third behind Valencia. Barcelona's 2-0 victory over bottom club Alaves sent the Catalan giants 10 points clear at the top of the table. (AP)



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