Espanyol beats Oviedo, secures the play-off and will exhaust the options for direct promotion

Barcelona Espanyol wants to exhaust the few options it has to go up directly. The white-and-blues, who have already practically secured a ticket for the play-off, they came back against a direct rival like Oviedo (2-1) in a match in which they had an unexpected ally, the VAR. Manolo González’s team now need to win the last two remaining games and wait for a carom to qualify for one of the first two places. A remote scenario, but still mathematically possible.

All in all, after a vital triumph in a match in which the Spaniards showed again that they are a much less worked team than opponents such as Oviedo itself. The victory against the Asturians, in fact, is largely explained by the interventions of a Joan García who gets a little bigger every game he plays. Yesterday, a new repertoire of stops, both with the hands and with the face, to keep alive a Spaniard with many deficiencies when it comes to making football.

Up front, Oviedo began by imposing their game through numerical superiority in midfield, where they have a brain that became a real headache for Espanyol. At 39 years old, Santi Cazorla showed that he has not lost an iota of the talent he has displayed throughout his brilliant career. They say that rockers never get old, and the Asturian proved it by serving goal passes with both legs and from every possible position. Two of his corners were successfully finished off by Luengo, first, and Calvo, then. The first goal went on the scoreboard, but the second was disallowed by VAR, who warned that Alemao was offside. The striker didn’t touch the ball, but he did prevent Brian Oliván from being able to prevent it from going into the back of the net.

The VAR, which had canceled another goal for offside from the Asturians in the 2nd minute, also warned a clear penalty on Keidi Bare for a step on Colombatto. Braithwaite did not forgive and revived Espanyol when he least deserved it. The white-and-blues turned the score upside down in the restart, with a header from Cabrera. The best news, learn to maintain the advantage, a fact that can be key also in a hypothetical play-off.

TECHNICAL FILE OF THE MATCH Spanish: Joan García; Omar, Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Brian Oliván (Rubén Sánchez, 57′); Bare, Aguado (Víctor Ruiz, 81′), Roca (Bauza, 64′); Pere Milla (Gastón, 81′), Puado (Óscar Gil, 81′) and Braithwaite. Coach: Manolo González Oviedo: Leo Román; Viti, Luengo, Dani Calvo, Pomares (Bretons, 77′); Seoane, Colombatto (Bastón, 77′), Masca (Paulino, 66′), Cazorla, Borja Sánchez (Dubasin, 66′) and Alemao (Millan, 86′). Coach: Luis Carrión Goals: 0-1 Luengo (23′), 1-1 Braithwaite, penalty (32′), 2-1 Cabrera (63′) Referee: Lax Franco Salvador (Murcia Committee) Yellow cards: Colombatto (31 ‘), Roca (35′), Brian Oliván (50’) Red cards: none Stadium: Stage Front Stadium, 23,330 spectators

2024-05-20 20:28:30
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