Osasuna pulls from Abde to pass in extra time against Nàstic
MADRID, 5 (.)
Real Betis took the first step in its defense of the Copa del Rey champion title by winning this Thursday with a lot of work despite the bulky 1-4 loss to the only survivor of the Second RFEF, CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas, while Osasuna advanced also to the round of 16, meeting against Gimnàstic with the need for extra time (1-2).
In annex 3 of Can Misses, the champion suffered to take the ticket and put an end to the dream of the modest Balearic team, another one that managed to keep the emotion until the end and that stood up to Manuel Pellegrini’s men with their weapons, who avoided a bigger scare thanks to two flashes in the second half.
The Chilean coach opted for rotations and only Sergio Canales remained in the eleven in the goalless draw in LaLiga Santander against Athletic Club, but his plan ‘B’ seemed to work because the domain and the chances were visitors.
Rodri and the Cantabrian midfielder were the first to issue warnings, especially the second, who ran into the crossbar with his second shot on goal. Ibiza Islas Pitiusas defended itself with collective work and tried to deploy in transitions, although without much success.
However, when the game began to calm down, the locals found themselves ahead on the scoreboard. Víctor Ruiz made a mistake in his transfer back and after a failed first shot from Mas, Pepe Bernal did not forgive to beat Claudio Bravo. There was a lot of time left and Betis seemed to be in no hurry to come back and only scared something again on the stroke of halftime with a shot from outside the area by Rodri.
After the break, the game opened up a bit more. The Ibizan team was able to make more transitions in search of 0-2, but soon saw how their chances of surprising began to fade. Thus, in just four minutes, Willian José, with a header, and Edgar, after deflecting a shot from Rodri with his heel, turned the score around.
Despite the disadvantage, Ibiza Islas Pitiusas did not collapse and continued trying. Juan Antonio Sánchez and a couple of arrivals showed that he wanted to extend the excitement as long as possible until Willian Carvalho put a good pass to William José and the Brazilian put the sentence.
The end was of the locals arriving more and with Julen López having a very clear one and Marín seeing how a goal was annulled when he started in the correct position, but it was Nabil Fekir who put the sentence in added time.
Meanwhile, Osasuna needed extra time (1-2) against Gimnàstic and a lot of suffering to be in the round of 16 draw this Saturday. The ‘rojillo’ team took the lead after 15 minutes through Kike García and even controlled the first half despite the fact that the Catalan team showed signs of fighting.
Nàstic finished looking for their moment at the restart, in the middle of a stopped game and without clear dominance, until they found the tie through Pablo Fernández. Osasuna had Abde’s alarm clock, which since he entered made his team work even though extension was inevitable.
The expulsion of the local scorer at 84′ ended up putting the options of Jagoba Arrasate’s men on the way, with an Abde who tried it from all sides until causing Montes Arce’s own goal in minute 112. After falling in the League Against Real, the Navarrese team clung to the cup illusion for Reyes.