Osasuna rally from three down to draw at Malaga

COPA CLASHES::In other games, seven-time winners Valencia were held to a 0-0 draw by third-tier Nastic Tarragon, as Espanyol scraped a draw at second-division Real Jaen


Tue, Dec 10, 2013 - Page 19

Ten-man CA Osasuna roared back from a three-goal deficit to secure a 3-3 draw at Malaga on Sunday, giving the Pamplona-based side the away-goal advantage in their Copa del Rey matchup.

Malaga had gone up 3-0 early in the second half, but forward Roberto Torres pulled one back from long range in the 57th before crossing for the unmarked Manu Omwu to head in Osasuna’s second goal four minutes later.

Malaga still appeared set to win the first leg when Osasuna’s Raoul Loe was dismissed with his second booking in the 64th, only for Emiliano Armenteros to follow up his own rebound in the 78th to pull Osasuna level for good.

“The game turned against us, but we stayed patient, worked the ball and we’re able to turn it around,” said Torres, who added that he was confident his team would advance to face the winners of the tie between Real Madrid and minnows Olimpic de Xativa.

Malaga also finished with 10 men when Ignacio Camacho saw red for bringing down Jordan Loties from behind in the 84th.

Malaga’s first-year manager Bernd Schuster was at a loss to explain his team’s collapse.

“It’s tough to see what we need to do to win a game if we can’t do it after leading 3-0,” he said.

Malaga are 15th in the 20-team La Liga, just two points from the relegation zone. With this latest draw, they have has just one win in their past 10 games.

Elsewhere in the round of 32, seven-time winners Valencia were held to a 0-0 draw at third-division Nastic Tarragona, while RCD Espanyol needed a late goal from Christian Stuani to secure a 2-2 draw at second-division Real Jaen.

Odion Ighalo scored two goals to guide Granada to a 2-0 win at second-division Alcorcon, while UD Almeria struck three times in 11 first-half minutes to earn a 3-1 victory at second-tier Las Palmas.

Almeria striker Oscar Diaz scored two goals to fuel their big win in the Canary Islands.

Valencia were fortunate not to head back to Estadio Mestalla with a loss after being outplayed by Nastic, whose Ivory Coast forwards Junior Wakalible and Jean Luc Gbayara ran amok in the visitors’ defense.

Valencia will miss Brazilian striker Jonas for the return leg against Nastic after he was dismissed with a second booking.

Espanyol took control after midfielder David Lopez scored in first-half extra-time, but Jaen came back to take the lead after Sidnei scored an own-goal in the 65th and Jozabed Sanchez netted five minutes later.

The match swung back to finally favor Espanyol when Stuani headed in a corner with two minutes to play to give his team the away-goal advantage entering the return leg.

In Alcorcon, Nigerian striker Ighalo headed in Fran Rico’s free-kick to open the scoring for Granada on the half-hour mark and added a second goal in the 81st.