Valencia’s European push hit by Osasuna loss

Valencia’s charge towards a European qualification place this season has been dented by a 2-1 defeat at home to Osasuna.

Los Che are in a clutch of sides pushing for a possible spot in either the Europa League or Europa Conference League in 2022/23, but they are now cut 13 points adrift of the top six.

The hosts carved out a string of half chances in the first 45 minutes but they were unable to find a genuine breakthrough at the Estadio Mestalla.

That lack of a cutting edge allowed Osasuna to force themselves in front in the contest after the restart as Chimy Avila fired home from the penalty spot.

Ante Budimir’s fine header eventually took the game away from Jose Bordalas’ charges in the final stages before the home side netted a late consolation through Carlos Soler’s spot kick.

Up next for Valencia is a local derby at Villarreal in midweek action with Osasuna hosting league leaders Real Madrid.

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