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A Playoff of Pride, Courage, and Determination

Despite defeat in Eibar, next Saturday will see Real Oviedo play a well-deserved first leg of the playoff semi-finals

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A playoff of pride, courage, and determination. Real Oviedo travelled to Eibar with the clear target of sealing a playoff spot, and the dream came true at Ipurúa. With one eye on events in the Eldense and Villarreal B matches, Luis Carrión opted for a starting eleven made up of Leo Román, Viti, Oier Luengo, Dani Calvo, Pomares, Colombatto, Seoane, Paulino de la Fuente, Masca, Borja Sánchez and Alemão.

The match couldn't have got off to a better start. Within the first 7 minutes Borja Sánchez gave the Asturians the lead, moving the side closer to the target. Despite the dream start, SD Eibar grew into the encounter, and were then awarded a very questionable penalty for a supposed Paulino handball. Aketxe converted from the spot to make the score 1-1.

The hosts stepped it up following the equaliser, and, although Real Oviedo had chances to add a second, it would be Eibar who took the lead. Some fine combination play ended with Sergio León heading home to make the score 2-1. The teams went in for the interval with Real Oviedo losing, but with Sporting and Racing both drawing 0-0.

Dubasin came on in place of Masca during the break, and Los Azules emerged strongly. The substitute went close to levelling with a header, but he was denied by a fine save by Luca Zidane.

Bastón and Sebas Moyano came on in the 65th minute, and after first hitting the crossbar, the striker would equalise in the 81st minute. The celebrations added to those started a few minutes earlier, following the Villarreal B goal against Racing de Santander, which had moved Real Oviedo back into a playoff place. The joy of the Borja Bastón goal was not to last, however, with Corpas making the score 3-2 from a counter attack in virtually the next passage of play.

Stoichkov and Bastón would both find the back of the net in the final minutes to make the final score 4-3, but in reality it didn't matter to Carrión's side, who had achieved their objective. Happiness, sweat, tears, and a lot of suffering took Real Oviedo to a completely deserved playoff place.

Real Oviedo will be up against SD Eibar once more next Saturday at the Carlos Tartiere. Now it's time to celebrate, before the team goes back to work on Tuesday. Saturday will see another 'cup final', as we fight to achieve the dream of promotion to the Primera División.

Match summary
SD Eibar
SD Eibar
LALIGA HYPERMOTION · M42
4
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3
Ipurua
Real Oviedo
Real Oviedo
Line-ups
01Luca
31Leo Román
Cristian photo
02Cristian84
07Viti
F. Venancio photo
03F. Venancio83
Dani Calvo photo
12Dani Calvo
J. Berrocal photo
05J. Berrocal
Luengo photo
15Luengo
Corpas photo
17Corpas
Pomares photo
21Pomares75
Matheus photo
08Matheus
Colombatto photo
11Colombatto
Aketxe photo
10Aketxe74
Seoane photo
16Seoane
19Stoichkov
Paulino photo
18Paulino65
P. Nolaskoain photo
24P. Nolaskoain
Masca photo
20Masca45
Mario S. photo
30Mario S.73
Borja S. photo
25Borja S.65
Sergio León photo
11Sergio León68
Alemâo photo
14Alemâo85
Substitutes
Joseba Etxeberria
Luis Miguel Carrión
13Yoel
Braat photo
01Braat
Rober Correa photo
04Rober Correa68
Lucas photo
24Lucas
Rios Reina photo
21Rios Reina84
05Luismi
Iker Aldai photo
28Iker Aldai
06Jimmy
H. Arrillaga photo
33H. Arrillaga
10Camarasa
Sergio A. photo
06Sergio A.74
Homenchenko photo
13Homenchenko
14Vencedor83
Sebas Moyano photo
17Sebas Moyano65
Mada photo
29Mada73
Dubasin photo
22Dubasin45
Quique photo
07Quique
23Abel Bretones75
Qasmi photo
09Qasmi
Yayo photo
34Yayo
27Konrad
Borja photo
09Borja65
Eric photo
34Eric
A. Millan photo
19A. Millan85
Goals
(0 - 1)
Borja S.
4
Aketxe
24
(1 - 1)
Sergio León
38
(2 - 1)
(2 - 2)
Borja
80
Corpas
82
(3 - 2)
Stoichkov
89
(4 - 2)
(4 - 3)
Borja
96
Match officials
José Luis Guzmán Mansilla
Referee
Ángel Valverde Martínez
Lineman#1
Ángel Munuera Montero
Lineman#2
Manuel Camacho Garrote
Fourth official
Iván Caparros Hernández
Video Assistant Referee
Christian García Andreu
Assistant VAR Official