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Sevilla defeat Osasuna In Entertaining Encounter

Sunday 22nd January 2017
This weekend Sevilla faced Osasuna after going unbeaten in three games. Including a majestic win over Real Madrid. Bottom of La Liga side Osasuna had only produced one win in the league and that was back in October.
It was second in the table versus bottom of the table and a lot was expected of Sevilla given their recent run of form.

Surprisingly Osasuna were the team to make the first mark in the game. A goal coming from Sergio Leon inside the box in the 15th minute. A little fun fact, all of Osasuna's players are Spanish except for four in their 31 man squad.

Right before half time, Sevilla made it level through Vicente Iborra, created by Stevan Jovetic. Although Sevilla had just scored they believed they should be doing better against a side that has been quite disappointing this season. Both sides went in at half-time all even at one a piece.

A few attempts by Roberto Torres for Osasuna were made but there was no success to take the lead. In the 63rd minute, the ball was crossed into the Sevilla area and a misjudged kick from Vicente Iborra directed the ball over the far side of the Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico, which made it 2-1 to Osasuna.

A couple of minutes later a Ben Yedder shot was saved by Osasuna keeper Mario but the ball fell to Vicente Iborra to head in for 2-2 with his second goal.

In the 80th minute, a corner was crossed in by Sevilla and Franco Vazquez glanced a close-range header to make it 3-2. The Osasuna defence were livid as they felt Vasquez pushed Oriol Riera in the back leading to the goal. Riera then got booked for impeaching the referee.

In the 92nd minute, the ball fell to Sevilla striker Sarabia from 20 yards out. A left-footed shot into the bottom right corner made it 4-2 and surely Sevilla had won the game. Or so you'd think?

Straight from the kick off Osasuna caught out Sevilla with a ball in the box by Alex Berenguer. Kenan Kodro was able to jump and head in a late goal to make it 4-3 but there wasn't enough time left and it was too little too late for Osasuna.

Sevilla had won 4-3 in a goal-festered frenzy but Osasuna wouldn't give up without a fight. This result means that Osasuna still sit bottom of La Liga and face all sorts of problems. Sevilla on the other hand, despite the narrow win, remain second in the table.

An entertaining show by both sides with 27 shots, 16 of them being on target. Sevilla controlled most of the game with 61% possession to Osasuna's 39%.

Sevilla's next game will be against Espanyol who are currently in 10th place. Osasuna will be at home to Malaga who haven't won in their last six La Liga matches.

Can Sevilla chase Real Madrid for the top spot? Will Osasuna turn things around against Malaga next week? It's been quite an exciting season in La Liga so far and there are many more games ahead to look forward to.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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