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Scant Reward from El Toralín

Los Azules only ended up with a point in Ponferrada, despite a fine performance from Álvaro Cervera's side

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There was a fantastic atmosphere at El Toralín for today's encounter between Real Oviedo and SD Ponferradina. Los Azules lined up in their green second kit, with a starting eleven made up of Braat, Costas, Luismi, Viti, Borja Bastón, Dani Calvo, Jimmy, Hugo Rama, Sergi Enrich, Lucas and Abel Bretones.
The first few minutes were scrappy, but the team from the capital of Asturias was well-positioned out on the pitch. Álvaro Cervera's team would create their first opportunity in the 11th minute. Borja Bastón played a cross in from the right wing, but Hugo Rama was not quite able to bring the ball under control in order to get a shot away.
There was a scare for Los Carbayones in the 15th minute, with the hosts hitting the back of the net, but VAR subsequently ruled there to have been a handball. Neither side had many more chances prior to going in for halftime with the score 0-0.
The second half got underway with Real Oviedo featuring more in the opposition half and on top in the duels. The fruits of this change would be born shortly afterwards, with Hugo Rama playing a fine through ball between the lines to find Borja Bastón, and the striker made no mistake in opening the scoring.
Real Oviedo continued to dominate the encounter after breaking the deadlock, and Sergi Enrich had a double chance to double the advantage. However, added time would see the Asturians experience a roller coaster of emotions. Despite the huge setback of an equalising goal for Ponferradina, Los Azules managed to earn a penalty for handball and with it the chance to take the three points home. Unfortunately Borja Bastón's spot kick went over the bar, and Real Oviedo had to make do with just a point, having deserved much more at El Toralín.
Álvaro Cervera's side will go back to work tomorrow at El Requexón, as they prepare for Saturday's fixture against Mirandés.