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The Reward Arrives

Forlín and Steven were the goal scorers as Real Oviedo came from behind to win 2-1, in a match which celebrated the club’s 92nd anniversary

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Real Oviedo celebrated their 92nd anniversary a few days early. The Asturian side got back to winning ways after five matches without a victory, and they did it at the Carlos Tartiere, in front of their own fans, and on the day celebrating the club’s 92nd anniversary. The players wore special shirts during the warm-up to mark the occasion and walked out before the match accompanied by some of the club’s oldest season ticket holders.

Anquela, who was once again banned from his technical area, was forced to play Aarón up front due to the suspensions of Linares and Toché. Cotugno came into the team too, in place of Diegui Johannesson, who was also serving a suspension. Real Oviedo struggled to create danger during the early stages of the first half, with Granada the more threatening side. The Andalusians even struck the bar, before taking the lead through Kunde, who volleyed home a rebound from the edge of the box. The home side managed to grab an equaliser just four minutes later, however. Carlos Hernández battled for the ball, pinching the ball from the hands of Javi Varas andallowing Forlín to nudge home.

Halftime arrived with the scores level at 1-1, and Real Oviedo emerged stronger and with more intent in attack after the interval. Fabbrini had the first chance from Saúl’s left-wing cross. Aarón then had a chance on the counterattack, but he fired wide following a fine tackle and throughn ball from Mariga. Anquela’s side had another chance from a set piece, but Christian and Mariga’s combined effort forced the ball over the bar. Real Oviedo made a substitution, and Steven scored from practically his first touch of the ball, converting from Mossa’s pass into the box. Real Oviedo defended well right up until the final whistle. Granada tried to find a way through, but the Oviedistas put in a fine defensive performance.

This victory saw Real Oviedo put an end to their poor recent run andn provide extra joy for their fans on a special day. The team will return to training on Tuesday at 10:30, at El Requexón.