Osasuna fiasco in Bruges after caressing Europe

Those from Arrasate had come back from the ‘playoff’ to the Belgian team but they gave away two goals in three minutes with 15 remaining


CA Osasuna said goodbye to their attempt to play in Europe this season with a draw (2-2) against Bruges in the second leg of the Conference League playoff, after the 1-2 in the first leg against El Sadar that had the ‘rojillo’ team came back until the final fiasco.

Jagoba Arrasate’s men came close to the European feat that the coach called for in the previous one, but two errors in defense, with Mojica pointed out, cost two goals at 73′ and 76′ for the locals. Osasuna was left with honey on his lips looking to return to Europe 16 years later, with a stick that he will have to forget quickly.

The ‘rojillo’ team, who had to fight on the pitch and then in the offices to play this tie against a first suspension from UEFA, knew how to suffer in the first half and had the punch that they lacked in the first leg. Mojica tied the tie with a 0-1 draw at the Jan Breydel Stadion, despite local options.

De Cuyper had the clearest, when he shot at the post shortly before the break, while Chimy Ávila pardoned a header for the Spanish team. After the corner that the Argentine forced, that goal came that gave Osasuna faith in order to look for their options in the second half, which came in the 53rd minute.

A Rubén Peña cross was sent to the Budimir net to confirm the ‘rojillo’ hit away from home, but with a long half hour to endure. Aimar Oroz and Rubén García came in looking to control the game, although the Copa del Rey finalist gave the ball to a Bruges team that took a long time to digest the 0-2 loss. The feat was there, but the errors that cost the European passport appeared.

Thiago, who looked for him throughout the game, made it 1-2 in the 73rd minute, only at the far post without Mojica’s mark or Sergio Herrera leaving. The Colombian defender on loan from Villarreal was also unsuccessful three minutes later, losing a ball in the area that ended in Olsen’s goal. A fiasco that led to precipitation, without visiting chances until a last attempt by Aimar deflected into a long farewell discount.