Girona raises its head with a superb victory | Soccer | Sports | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Nobody hides in Girona anymore, least of all their coach, who was at all times very direct and bold: the problem is to qualify for the Champions League. The victory towards Osasuna helps the aspirations of Míchel and the Montilivi membership. With ten video games left to complete the championship, the ceiling is second place within the desk after the lead was the driving power of the primary spherical of the League. Aiming for runners-up allowed them to as soon as once more surpass Barcelona and depart the fifth-placed crew 12 factors away—Athletic performs this Sunday in Las Palmas.



Gazzaniga, David López, Eric Garcia, Daley Blind, Aleix García, Miguel Gutierrez, Tsygankov (Yan Couto, min. 63), Iván Martín (Jastin García, min. 91), Portu (Jhon Solís, min. 80), Sávio ( Pablo Torre, min. 91) and Dovbyk (Stuani, min. 80)



Herrera, Unai García, Jorge Herrando, Catena, Aimar Oroz, Mojica, Jon Moncayola, Jesús Areso (Pablo Ibáñez, min. 88), Lucas Torró (Moi Gómez, min. 69), Rubén García (Raul García de Haro, min. 69) and Ante Budimir (Arnáiz, min. 88)

Goals 1-0 min. 12: Port. 2-0 min. 86: Savio.

Referee Mateo Busquets Ferrer

Yellow playing cards Iván Martín (min. 34), Jorge Herrando (min. 44), Eric Garcia (min. 57), Portu (min. 67), Jesús Areso (min. 72) and Moi Gómez (min. 94)

Osasuna had nothing to say about Girona's deployment, very calm and dependable in protection, bolstered by the return of Blind, and selective and utilized in assault, at all times stimulated by Savinho. The return to Montilivi was therapeutic for Míchel's boys in a key match after the loss skilled on a overseas area for the reason that defeat in Madrid.

Girona's fashion e book, in any case, is non-negotiable, whatever the outcomes, which have been hostile within the final outings to the Bernabéu, San Mamés and Mallorca. The go because the thread of the sport is a continuing in Míchel's crew. The ball is just not raffled, it’s performed from space to space, from Eric García to Portu after passing via Tsygankov. The centre-back's contact was as correct because the Ukrainian striker's filtered go and the midfielder's unmarking, infallible towards Sergio Herrera. Portu's play between the traces dismantled the three central protection arrange by Arrasate.

In favor of the rating, Míchel's crew did extra to regulate the match than to enter the Osasuna space. The Navarrese started to realize meters on the sector and to have the ball as a result of concern of the Montilivi followers. The rain additionally made precision tough and bodily demanding on the gamers, a context that favored the Navarrese, who had been extra goal-scoring and ending, though Mojica and Moncayola's photographs didn’t discover Gazzaniga's purpose. Girona was grateful for the arrival of the break for Osasuna's final push.

The panorama didn’t change after the restart as a result of Arrasate's crew lacked depth to disarm Míchel's crew. The white and crimson forwards had been too removed from Herrera's purpose. So the match went slowly, with out spikes in play or incidents, with the coaches extra spectators than interventionists, till Savinho took the ball and his run was stopped by Catena. The referee didn’t whistle something nor did the VAR warn of a penalty to the outcry of the followers, already fearful in regards to the harm of Tsygankov, Portu's assistant.

Although Osasuna tried to load its offensive line within the substitution wheel, probably the most unbalanced participant was Savinho, worldwide for Brazil together with Yan Couto, additionally on the scene after changing Tsygankov. The scorer Budimir couldn’t with Blind nor might Dovbyk attain capturing positions. The rating was on the expense of an motion, or if you would like, an error or an accident, somewhat than a collective play as a result of lack of soccer fashion of Osasuna and in addition of Girona, much less completely satisfied and enticing than in earlier video games, pending within the ultimate stretch of Stuani.

The Uruguayan missed a really clear shot after which prevented Savinho's purpose from being validated together with his block. The Brazilian, nevertheless, didn’t surrender however persevered till scoring an important purpose that closed a beautiful day of restoration for Girona. Nothing higher to reply to the stress than an unquestionable 2-0 victory.

You can comply with EL PAÍS Deportes in Facebook y Xclick on right here to obtain our weekly publication.