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Cultural Leonesa win at home over CA Osasuna

Leeds United partner club in Spain wins their first home match of the season in dramatic fashion

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!