- Sevilla suffered their first defeat in the 2022.23 La Liga campaign at the hands of Osasuna in Pamplona on Friday evening
- A controversial penalty scored by 20-year-old star Aimar Oroz decided the tie between the La Liga rivals
- Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga last season and the Andalusian club are looking to retain their place in the top four this year
The Spanish Primera Division is up and running as Osasuna recorded a 2-1 victory at home over Sevilla in the opening match of the 2022/23 La Liga season.
A 74th-minute penalty expertly converted by Aimar Oroz handed the Los Rojillos the maximum three points in front of their fans at Estadio El Sadar on Friday night.
Osasuna started the game on the front foot as Ávila opened the scoring in the 9th minute after he nodded home a Rubén Peña cross.
Two minutes later, Sevilla restored parity through Rafa Mir who connected past Sergio Herrera thanks to a great effort from Papu Gómez.
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A controversial call to signal a penalty after a light brush between Papu and Moncayola would decide the match.
That left the Sevilla bench livid as Spanish referees had met with teams this summer promising to raise the bar on what constituted a penalty and eliminate borderline penalty.
Manchester United full-back Alex Telles started for Sevilla but former Real Madrid playmaker Isco Alarcón was not part of the squad as he gets back to full fitness.
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The 30-year-old midfielder ended his 9-year relationship with Los Blancos to sign for Sevilla as he pushes to get more game time after being marginalized at the La Liga champions.
Sevilla sporting director, Monchi while giving the Isco a tour of the club’s training facilities, compared the midfielder to Maradona who had also featured for the club in his career Football Espana reports.