Osasuna beats Elche 2-1 for 1st win of season
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) - Osasuna beat Elche 2-1 Friday for its first win of the Spanish league season, provisionally lifting the team out of last place.
The much-needed victory for the Pamplona-based side came in the home debut of new coach Javi Gracia, who replaced the fired Jose Mendilibar.
Midfielder Emiliano Armenteros opened the scoring for Osasuna at Reyno de Navarra Stadium in the 16th minute, and Oriol Riera added another goal in the 48th after goalkeeper Andres Fernandez made two saves to frustrate Elche's best efforts.
Eduardo Albacar pulled one back for Elche from the penalty spot with three minutes to go.
Elche was left without a victory through five rounds in its return to Spain's first division.