Disappointment at the Nou Estadi in Tarragona

Third-minute goal puts paid to Rojillos’ hopes once again

Numancia came away empty-handed from the Nou Estadi in Tarragona after a game in which the Sorianos once again made the same mistakes that have cost them so dear this season, and which have meant they have been unable to string together a run of good results.

After only three minutes, Numancia were already trailing 1-0. Uche outfought Carlos Gutiérrez on the edge of the box and then smashed the ball past Juan Carlos to put his team ahead. Exactly what the home side needed to happen, actually happened.

Nàstic are, at the moment, a team that are low in confidence, but so are Numancia, and this allowed the hosts to overcome the difficult time they are having.

Despite conceding the early goal, though, the Rojillos did soon begin to boss the game and in the first half hour they could and should have levelled. In the 17th minute, David Rodríguez missed the penalty that he himself had earned. The forward placed the ball wide from the spot and wasted what was López Garai’s side’s best chance in the whole of the first half.

As well as that, Higinio, on two occasions, after neat moves by Numancia, had chances to equalise but shot wide both times.

In the second half, Numancia stepped up a gear and dominated even more, but Nàstic defended well and in an orderly fashion, offering the visitors very little space and looking to kill the game on the break.

The minutes ticked by, and Numancia were unable to get past the Catalan side’s defensive lines. López Garai decided to go all out for the equaliser, taking off two defenders, Markel and Carlos Gutiérrez, and add more fire power. On came Yeboah and Borja Viguera and then, for the final minutes, Dani Nieto.

It was all to no avail, though, as in the 93rd minute, practically as the final whistle was about to go, with the team all forward in search of the goal that would earn at least a point, a counter-attack by the Tarragona side allowed Kanté through to put in the second and definitive goal.  

Nástic: Bernabé, Fali (Salva, m. 61), Thioune, Uche (Kante, m. 77), Palanca (Cotán, m. 63), Pipa, Imanol, Mikel, Noguera, Abraham, L. Suarez.

C.D. Numancia: Juan Carlos, Escassi, David, Higinio, Carlos Gutiérrez (Yeboah, m. 54), Atienza, Gus Ledes (Dani Nieto, m. 86), Marc Mateu, Markel (Borja Viguera, m. 76), Fran Villalba, Diamanka.

Referee: Vicandi Garrido (Vizcaya Committee). Assisted by Vaquero Agama and Pérez de Colosia Alonso. Yellow cards for Pichu Atienza, Numancia and Fali, Thioune, Uche, Palanca and Abraham, Nàstic.

Goals: 1-0. M. 3. Uche. 2-0. M. 93. Kanté

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