Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Osasuna Shocks Barca 3-2

From CNTV:

"Spain's Primera Liga powerhouse Barcelona faced Osasuna on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s 3-time defending champions went into the game seven points behind first-place Real Madrid in the league standings, and faced a critical match against an underdog playing at home.

The sides battled on a Osasuna’s bumpy pitch in Pamplona, and a swirling wind didn’t make Barca’s players any more comfortable. The home team seemed to adapt quicker. Serbian striker Dejan Lekic beat Victor Valdes at his near post after only five minutes. Osasuna led it 1-0.

The Navarran squad kept the pressure on, and it scored again in the 22nd. Lekic arrived unmarked again off a low cross to find the net. Barca went in at the break trailing by two goals for Barcelona turned to its youngsters to lead the squad back. 51st minute, Isaac Cuenca provided the cross for Alexis Sanchez. He made it 2-1.

But Osasuna came back with a huge goal, four minutes later. Valdes made a poor clearance and Osasuna’s Raul Garcia squeezed a shot in off the post. The score stood at 3-1 and Barcelona was on the ropes.
Barca put veteran Cesc Fabregas into the lineup. He found Cristian Tello for a nice move with a smash high into the net. The champs closed it to 3-2.

Osasuna struggled to hold on. Barcelona seemed to score its third, but the goal was waved-off for offside. Osasuna finished off the win, 3-2 over Barcelona."