The Copa del Rey to debut

The Copa del Rey gave the alternative to Iván de la Peña and Dani Parra. The two players took advantage of the competition to debut with the first team. An opportunity that they had been pursuing for weeks and that was fulfilled on Saturday at the Las Gaunas Municipal Stadium.

Both the goalkeeper and the pivot, converted to central defender, have been summoned by coach Raül Agné in almost all league games. The only one in which neither of them entered the list was the matchday six clash in Elda. In the rest they have traveled with the rest of the team and have seen the match from the bench. In Logroño the time has come.

It was a remarkable debut for part of both, although it was interrupted in the case of the defender due to injury. The goalkeeper finished with a clean sheet. Thanks to a maximum concentration in all the actions that resorted to his intervention and the appearance of the post that saved him up to three times from conceding a goal.

For his part, De la Peña, who had his father, the former FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol player in the stands at Las Gaunas, was very focused, being one of the best players in the match until he was injured. He had to retire in the 56th minute due to a knee problem that is at the expense of medical tests to determine the severity.

Parra has been chasing that debut for three years. Since he returned to Tarragona - he was in the lower categories - he came three years ago from CF Reus Youth. In his first season with La Pobla (2020/21), the goalkeeper was called up by Nàstic ten times. First covering Wilfred's loss and then Gonzi's. Last season he was also among those called up twice. Despite the fact that there were three goalkeepers in the squad (Venetikidis was the theoretical third goal), Parra ended up included among those called up when Manu García was absent for the matches against UCAM Murcia and in the visit to Costa Brava. An acknowledgment of his good work during training under the orders of goalkeeper coach Manuel Oliva, who holds the goalkeeper in very high regard.

Continuing in Tarragona was his bet this summer and it has ended up going well for him. He is the team's second goalkeeper and has already made his debut making it clear that he is prepared to take on the responsibility of protecting the red goal whenever necessary.

De la Peña also landed in Pobla in the 2020/21 season. In his case, he left CF Damm. He signed as a defensive midfielder, but due to squad needs, he was converted to center back, a position in which he has established himself both in the Grana subsidiary and in the first team. Before appearing for the first time in the Nàstic eleven in Las Gaunas, De la Peña has been called up ten times this season.

three debutantes

With Iván de la Peña and Parra there are already three debutants who have been able to debut with Nàstic this season. The first to do so was Marc Álvarez who has become a first team player.

Last year, Raül Agné gave the alternative to three other players: Karim L'Koucha, Víctor Valverde and Montalvo, who played one minute. The next could be Nil Garrido and Fer Torres.

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