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Spanish Primera BBVA

Juegos Mediterraneos (ATT 13,000) 4th April 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Antonio Lahoz

Almeria Almeria vs Osasuna Osasuna

Almeria 1

F Soriano (73)
Rafita (S/O 90+4)

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Osasuna 2

O Riera (19)
A Arribas (32)

Osasuna boost survival bid

Last Updated: 04/04/14 10:50pm

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Oriol Riera: Netted for Osasuna

Oriol Riera: Netted for Osasuna

Osasuna improved their prospects of staying in the Primera Division on Friday night with a 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Almeria.

Both teams headed into the game in the bottom three, and it was the visitors who clinched the points which saw them leap out of the drop zone and to the relative security of 14th place.

Oriol Riera set the Pamplona side on their way in the 19th minute and Alejandro Arribas gave them breathing space 13 minutes later.

Fernando Soriano pulled a goal back against his former club 17 minutes from time, but there was no way back for the hosts - whose evening got even worse with the dismissal of Rafita for two stoppage-time bookable offences.

Barring a couple of exceptions - most notably in 2006 when they finished fourth - Osasuna have spent much of their time since winning promotion to the top flight in 2000 simply looking to survive.

They have managed to do that for 13 successive seasons now, although they have had more than a few close shaves, and could be on the verge of pulling off another great escape after Friday's morale-boosting away win.

Riera opened the scoring from their first attack of note, lashing high into the centre of the goal from Alvaro Cejudo's pass.

Arribas doubled the visitors' advantage just after the half-hour mark, when he was afforded too much time and space and headed a Roberto Torres free-kick into the bottom-right corner.

The best Almeria could muster during the first half was a couple of speculative long-range efforts from Jose Antonio Verza which sailed harmlessly over the bar.

The home team were almost handed a way back into the game 11 minutes after the restart when Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez fumbled a Suso blast, but he got away with it.

Fernandez did rather better soon after to parry a Ramon Azeez blast - only for the ball to fall kindly for Soriano, who despatched the rebound to halve the deficit in the 73rd minute.

Osasuna lost goalscorer Riera through injury in the closing stages, but never looked in too much danger of surrendering their lead - particularly with Almeria reduced to 10 men before the final whistle.

Rafita was first booked for a challenge on Riera's replacement, Javier Acuna. He then followed that up with a foul on another substitute, Oier Sanjurjo, and received his marching orders.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7