Well, better late than never.
Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, or Cultural Leonesa, the club that entered into an informal partnership agreement with Leeds United this summer, won its first home match in Spain’s second division since 1975 this past weekend.
¡Menos de una hora!— Cultural y D Leonesa (@CyDLeonesa) August 26, 2017
Vamos con la ALINEACIÓN
The Leon-based club has returned to the second division of Spanish football since the 1974-75 season. The club is currently owned by the Qatari based Aspire Academy. Ivan Bravo, one of the board members at Leeds United and someone that Andrea Radrizzani brought in to assist in running the club, is also a VP at Cultural Leonesa.
Min.90| ¡¡GOOOOOOOL DE RODRIIIIII!!— Cultural y D Leonesa (@CyDLeonesa) August 26, 2017
Volea desde el corazón del área para poner el GOL de la victoria
Cultural Leonesa came from behind to beat CA Osasuna 2-1 in the 90th minute of the match, after Rodri Rios, who had been linked with a move to Leeds United, scored a dramatic stoppage time winner at the Estadio Reino de Leon. After dropping the first match on the road against Lorca 0-2, Cultural will feel good about grabbing the three points against Osasuna, who were relegated last season from La Liga and are looking to get back into the top flight as quickly as possible.
Cultural was down early in the match, after Osasuna’s Roberto Torres scored a goal in the 16th minute to pin the home team back. Cultural would battle back in the match, but wasn’t able to break through, and so the teams went into the break with the visitors up 1-0.
Min.62| ¡¡Qué ocasión para la Cultural!! remató Guarrotxena sobre el punto de penalti y detuvo Herrera en la línea de gol.— Cultural y D Leonesa (@CyDLeonesa) August 26, 2017
Cultural came close in the 62nd minutes, as Cultural winger Iker Guarrotxena had a goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Osasuna’s keeper Manu Herrera.
The match seemed to turn, however, when Osasuna’s captain, midfielder Oier, was sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Guarrotxena in the 71st minute, with Cultural still down one goal to nil.
Cultural struck back about ten minutes later in the match, as Iza, Isaac Carcelen, scored a goal in the 83rd minute to draw the match level, only for Rodri to grab the glory with a stoppage time winner.
Banquillo @CyDLeonesa ⚪️ ⚪️— Cultural y D Leonesa (@CyDLeonesa) August 26, 2017
8 Mario Ortiz
13 Jesus Fdez
17 E Buendía
Leeds United’s on-loan defender, Ouasim Bouy, made the bench at Cultural this week, but did not appear in the 2-1 win as the club was chasing the winner for much of the match.
Good luck to our Spanish friends at Cultural this season!