Numancia return empty-handed from Oviedo

Carlos Hernández' 47th-minute goal ensures points stay at the Tartiere

A goal for Oviedo in the opening minutes of the second half put paid to the Rojillos’ hopes of getting a positive result in the northern city. It was not a good game, neither hosts nor visitors showed their best version, as both were too worried about the points at stake to show the creativity that would have made for an entertaining encounter.

López Garai’s men are involved in a relegation dogfight and the pressure is beginning to show. The Numantinos are fighters who battle to the last in defence but appear nervous and shackled when they have the ball at their feet. Oviedo hardly looked good while in possession and, although they did carry more of the weight of the game, barely threatened Juan Carlos in the Numancia goal. The visiting ‘keeper only had to make one intervention of merit in the whole game, stopping a fierce shot from Tejera following a free kick.

However, it never rains but it pours, as the saying goes, and an unfortunately mishit clearance by Fran Villalba turned into a dangerous cross towards the far post where a surprised but grateful Carlos Hernández was able to take advantage of the chance to push it past Juan Carlos and into the net.

Now a goal ahead, Oviedo let Numancia have the ball and the pitch, aiming to hit their visitors on the break and thus settle the game once and for all. López Garai looked to improve his offensive options by bringing on Guillermo, Yeboah and Alain Oyarzun, the latter back after a nine-week layoff with injury, but the Numancia attacks all came to naught and the Rojillos returned to Soria with nothing to show for their efforts.

Real Oviedo: Champagne, Johannesson, Carlos Hernández, Saúl Berjón (Mossa, m. 77), Ibra, Bolaño, Tejera, Joselu (Y. Barcenas, m. 65), Viti (Omar, m. 84), Javi Hernández, Jimmy.

C.D. Numancia: Juan Carlos, Escassi, Ganea, David, Higinio (Guillermo, m. 69), Derik, Carlos Gutiérrez, Medina (Yeboah, m. 57), Atienza, Gus Ledes (Alain, m. 76), Fran Villalba.

Árbitro: Dirigió el partido Ávalos Barrera (Comité Catalán). Asistido por Valencia López y Villaseñor Julián. Mostró cartulinas amarillas a los locales Saul Berjón, Bolaño y Javi Hernández y a los numantinos Escassi, David y Yeboah.

Goals: 1-0. Minute 47. Carlos Hernández.

Estadio Carlos Tartiere. 10,103

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