New year… New VICTORY???

(new NECK???????)

Freddie being Freddie!!  What a funny guy!  He scores goals for us!  With his head!

You’ll have to excuse the lack of information this post-match recap will have because I only caught the second half, and there is little that could be said about those 45 minutes except that 22 grown men ran around in a rectangle of grass.

Navas is back.  Baby Jesus Navas.  He played 92 minutes before being subbed and hailed by Manzano and the RSP crowd, respectively.  It seemed to Theo and I that this sub for Alfaro could have happened about 20 minutes earlier when the team was looking a bit tired, but all’s well that ends well at this stage in the season.

As far as other post-match analysis, I’ll just translate Marca’s summary:

“Navas’s return boosted Sevilla to their first victory in the last six La Liga rounds.  A free kick taken by the winger from Los Palacios [Navas’s hometown in the Sevilla province] was cashed in by Kanouté, who headed home the only goal of the match.  Sevilla started well and enjoyed several opportunities through the feet and head of an errant Negredo.  The redish ones [Osasuna] felt the absences of a number of players and hardly troubled Palop.  Juanfran, fed by Aranda, had the best chance for Osasuna, who couldn’t make any good out of their multiple free kicks and corners.  Sevilla won the meeting justly by the smallest possible margin.”

So there you go!  Upward and onward!  Pending results tomorrow, we stand to jump over 3 teams in the standings from 13th to 9th place.  Valencia and Espanyol are currently scoreless, 6 points ahead of us, sitting in the 4th and 5th spots respectively.  Two matches coming up this week: the midweek Copa del Rey match down on the coast against Málaga, and next weekend’s trip north to play Real Sociedad, the team currently in 10th.  Let’s keep this (2 match) win streak going, boys!!

Of course, if you’d like to follow the commentary of the match, see the comments of the previous thread.  Theo and I held it down.