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Elche draws 0-0 with Osasuna at home in Spanish league, both 5 points from drop zone

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ELCHE, Spain - Elche forward Ferran "Coro" Corominas missed a second-half penalty in a 0-0 draw with visiting Osasuna in the Spanish league on Friday.

The result left both sides five points from the relegation zone before the rest of the games in round 24 are played this weekend.

Osasuna created more scoring chances early, with striker Oriol Riera and Manuel "Lolo" Ortiz both drawing saves from goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the first half.

Coro had Elche's best opportunity in the 66th after Emiliano Armenteros fouled Manuel del Moral in the area. But Coro's spot kick sailed well over the crossbar.

Tono left the match because of a leg injury in the 76th, and replacement Manuel Herrera did well to tap a deflected shot over his bar three minutes later to protect his team's point.

Osasuna forward Juan "Nino" Modesto went on as a late substitute in his first action since having surgery on a torn ligament in his right knee that had sidelined him since September.

"After six long months and lots of suffering and hard work, it's a good recompense," said Nino, who added that the game shouldn't have ended scoreless. "They had a penalty, but we also had some clear chances to score. But the goalkeepers played well."

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are in a three-way tie for the league lead.

Barcelona hosts Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, when Atletico hosts Valladolid. Madrid visits crosstown rival Getafe on Sunday.

Also this round, it's: Levante vs. Almeria, Villarreal vs. Celta Vigo, Granada vs. Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao vs. Espanyol, Sevilla vs. Valencia, and Malaga vs. Real Sociedad.

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