First win under Camacho takes Osasuna off bottom

Other News Materials 23 November 2008 22:52 (UTC +04:00)

Osasuna moved off the bottom of the Spanish Liga on Sunday with a defiant 3-1 come-from-behind defeat of Almeria, dpa reported.

It was Osasuna's first win of the season and was celebrated loudly in Pamplona. It was also their first win under former Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho, after seven matches.

Things looked bad for Camacho's side after Alvaro Negredo gave Almeria the lead from the penalty spot after just eight minutes. But straight afterwards Almeria defender Guilherme was sent off, and five minutes later Uruguayan veteran Walter Pandiani made it 1-1 with his trusty forehead.

Osasuna - who reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2007 - went ahead in the 72nd minute, when Almeria's Hernan Pellerano scored a clumsy own goal.

Hungarian supersub Krisztian Vadocz made it 3-1 in injury time, with his first goal in Spain.

"It is lovely to get our first win," said Pandiani. "Now we have to think about moving out of the relegation zone."

Osasuna are now second from bottom with eight points from 12 games, one point above Recreativo Huelva, who lost 1-0 away to relegation-plagued Real Madrid on Saturday.

Third from bottom, on nine points, are Athletic Bilbao, who are away to Deportivo Coruna later on Sunday.

Numancia remain fourth from bottom after scoring a late 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.

Diego Forlan gave Atletico a 35th-minute lead. But the visitors were overrun in the second half, and Jose Barkero gave Numancia a well-deserved draw by equalizing from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

This latest poor display on the road will increase the pressure on Atletico coach Javier Aguirre.

Espanyol, 3-0 losers in Santander, fall down to fifth from bottom, on 12 points.

Level on 13 points are Mallorca - who drew 2-2 at home to Malaga -and Getafe, who are away to leaders Barcelona later on Sunday.

Betis moved up to seventh - their highest placing since 2005 - on Sunday with a 2-1 win in Gijon.

Betis are now just one point behind sixth-placed Atletico Madrid. Atletico, for their part, are six points behind Sevilla and Valencia, who continue to share fourth place after their 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Third-placed Villarreal are one point above Sevilla and Valencia. Real Madrid are one point above Villarreal but two behind Barcelona.