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The Kind Of Madness Which Makes One Dream

Real Oviedo fully immerse themselves in the playoff race, coming from behind to win 4-3 and relegate Rayo Majadahonda in the process

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It was a crazy and strange evening for this Tuesday-night match. A rainy night in the middle of June, with a lot at stake for both sides at the Carlos Tartiere. Eventually, there would be a happy ending for Real Oviedo.

Sergio Egea switched back to a 4-4-2, bringing in Omar Ramos on the right wing, while Steven partnered Joselu up front. Saúl Berjón, Javi Hernández and Christian Fernández also all returned to the lineup. Rayo Majadahonda showed their need to win during the first half, in a match in which only a victory would be enough to spare them the drop. They took the lead through former Real Oviedo player, Varela, who curled home a free kick. Johannesson picked up Steven’s pass inside the area to equalise before the break.

Things took a sharp turn in the second half, with Real Oviedo missing a couple of chances and Rayo Majadahonda carrying themselves to the verge of safety by taking a 3-1 lead. Ibra, Viti and Tejera came on during the second half, and the final 10 minutes proved to be enough for Sergio Egea’s team to seal an epic comeback. Carlos Hernández cut the deficit in the 80th minute, before Joselu equalised in the 84th. Following several missed opportunities, and with the Tartiere crowd on its feet, the final twist in the tale came in the form of one final Real Oviedo goal. Joselu took the ball around the keeper and slotted home with the final kick of the game, making the score 4-3.

Real Oviedo will resume training tomorrow, as they begin to prepare for the final match of the regular league season on Saturday in Pamplona. The team still has a mathematical chance of reaching a playoff place.