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A Cruel Ending

Real Oviedo were defeated 2-1 by Alavés at Mendizorroza

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Today saw a match between two historic clubs in Deportivo Alavés and Real Oviedo at Mendizorroza. The Asturians began the encounter in the opposition's half, creating the first chances. A Rodri Tarín effort from a Montoro corner went close in the 4th minute, while Borja Bastón headed wide from an Aceves cross in the 13th minute.
However, a free kick in the 16th minute would see Alavés open the scoring. Tomeu Nadal made a fine stop to deny the first attempt, but he was helpless to deny Abqar from putting the hosts into the lead from the rebound.
Neither side could move the ball around with any fluidity during the first half, and two mistakes in either area could have seen further goals. One opportunity for Real Oviedo saw the ball drop to Bastón following a defensive error, but his acrobatic effort could not find the target.
The second half began with a scare for Los Azules. The home team hit the back of the net from a 54th minute free kick into the box, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Álvaro Cervera looked to shake things up with a triple change, bringing on Dani Calvo, Obeng, and Marcelo Flores, and it seemed to make a difference to Real Oviedo.
Los Carbayones put a free kick into the box in the 70th minute, which was initially cleared to the edge of the area. Marcelo headed the ball back in towards the penalty spot, where Bastón brought the ball under control, spun, and fired home the equalising goal.
It seemed that Real Oviedo were going to take home a point from Vitoria, but destiny decided to treat the Asturians cruelly. The final passage of play of the match, at the end of the five minutes added time, saw the referee deem that the ball had struck Abel Bretones' hand after deflecting off his thigh, to widespread shock. Salva Sevilla converted from the penalty to give the hosts the win.
Real Oviedo will be back on the road to face Villarreal B this Wednesday, with kick off at 19:00.