Osasuna-Barcelona summary: score, goals, highlights, LaLiga Santander 2021/22
Osasuna 2-2 Barça: as it happened
Peep, peep, peeeep!! The whistle goes and the spoils are shared.
Barça's corner is good but is header away and the home side have a chance to break. The final through ball is really close to finding its target but Ter Stegen is out to collect.
Both teams look eager to get forward and find a winner but both equally appear incapable of stringing together a solid set of passes to make that become a reality.
Barça win a corner...
We'll have an extra five minutes to play. Can a winner be found?
GOAL!!! Chimy does it
It's a cracking strike from Chimy Ávila at the edge of the area and a slight touch off a defender's foot edges it further away from an outstretched Ter Stegen.
Would he have reached it without that deflection? I'm not sure.
This has been a really positive period from the hosts and they've just won another corner.
It's not a good sign when you're looking to time waste against a team supposedly much weaker than you. But Ter Stegen has just been booked for exactly that.
Coutinho replaces Dembélé for the final 10 or so.
The change from Xavi came after it appeared the French winger hurt himself doing some superb back-tracking to prevent a counter. We'll check out later how serious it is.
Gavi is very unlucky there after what, in my opinion, was excellent play.
First he is bounced away to the ground with a strong shoulder barge from the defender. But he is immediately back to his feet and stretches to take the ball away from his aggressor as he attempts to clear. It's Gavi who is kicked but the decision goes the other way.
Torres on for Sanchez, Cote for Vidal
Mingueza comes on for Nico
Ter Stegen is down and needing treatment after taking an elbow to the neck.
The local crowd are incensed as their boys are piling on the pressure following a high cross and challenge on the keeper. The ref is probably right to stop the game, but Barça's number one is going to be fine to go on.
Torro is replaced by Brasanac and Kike Garcia by Budimir.
Will this pay of for Arrasate?
Time for some changes in personnel...
David García adds a yellow to his goal.
Not as much attacking concern of late for Piqué and co but Torro does test Ter Stegen with a decent cross. The German is up to the task though.
Umtiti and then Dembélé cause more discomfort for the red and blue defence. The second half is certainly more enjoyable, and I wouldn't bet much of my own money on how this turns out. Barça edging it at the moment.
That goal has sparked something in Xavi's troops. There is more fight to get the ball back and immediately they look more threatening when they have it.
It's a tired saying but the next goal is likely to define how the momentum swings.
There were plenty of screams from the home crowd and manager as Barça's counter that led to the goal began with a short clearance in their own box that skimmed off the arm of Busquets. The decision is standing.
GOAL!! Abde slams home
What a lovely strike from the youngster after Dembélé's cross from wide on the right bounced through to the back post.
Barça ahead again!
Slow start but it feels like both teams are just settling themselves once again.
Peeep! The second half is go.
A couple of very nice goals were the only real highlights of that first half. Let's see what the teams can offer for the second.
Peeep! The half-time whistles blows on a rather uninspiring game.
Just a minute to be added.
I rather enjoyed that period of play from the hosts, although not sure whether something they planned or if just improvisation.
Basically, from a corner, they were hustled by Barça back to the halfway line, and they appeared happy enough to be worked back. With other passes available, the ball was knocked all the way back to Herrera in goal - moving every player towards that side of the pitch - who in turn hit a long pass to Barja over the top. His control let him down but felt like an Alisson-Salah plan.
Where's Sergio Ramos?
The Madrid man is long gone, so here are the defenders in LaLiga doing some useful things with their head.
Ouchie! Abde takes a sore one on the ankle and Rubén García rightly has a card brandished in his general direction.
Truth be told, I don't have a whole lot to tell you about the last few minutes. A couple of openings have presented themselves to the visitors but they've failed to do anything meaningful with them.
As this first hour, plus recent games, suggests, Xavi needs his injured players back and needs to be very clever in the January transfer market.
It's Osasuna doing most of the threatening, despite Barça having more of the ball, and Barja almost gets a low cross into the area from just to the right of Ter Stegen's goal.
Good covering sees it blocked for a corner.
Ref doesn't need too much of an invitation to book a player and Vidal has laid one on a plate. First of the game.
Xavi is very frustrated on the touchline.
I can imagine he's playing the game in his mind and wondering why the decisions and passes being made are not the same on the pitch.
A fabulous counter-attack opportunity opens up for Barça, Osasuna pushing players forward and leaving plenty of green grass in behind.
With a three on two advantage on the edge of the penalty area, Luuk de Jong lays it off half-heartedly and allows the defence to collect and clear.
Poor stuff again.
Since that equaliser, you can see that the home side have their tails up, and the crowd are playing their part.
Umtiti is the latest to provide a boost as he miss-places a backpass to Ter Stegen. Corner gifted.
GOAL!!! Garcia levels immediately
No sooner have we restarted but the answer to that last question I (jokingly) posed has been answered.
A ball in from the right is met with a towering header from David García, and Ter Stegen can't reach it as it finds a place in the side netting.
GOAL!!! Nico gives Barça the lead
A tale of the kids as Gavi sends in a fabulous pass and his teammate finishes beautifully.
Xavi can't hide his delight, but how long can they hold onto the lead?
Barja swings a lovely looking cross in but it's well defended as Barça look to counter...
Dembélé appears to be a popular out for Barça's early attacks. His first real foray sees him out-muscled and knocked to the ground. His second gave a glimpse of his quick feet and almost ended with a nice exchange with Frenkie.
As I mentioned in the build-up, Barça are wearing their all lilac kit today. The home side are in their normal first colours of red shirt with navy blue shorts.
Some managers and club owners are famous for picking colours based on the phycological advantage they can play. The Catalans didn't buy that theory with this one!
Barça eventually build their passes in a forward direction and reach opposition territory. From there though it's more sideways and backwards control, before feeding Dembélé wide on the right who falls down with a slight tug and handles the ball as he collapses.
Ref and assistant aren't impressed and give possession to Osasuna.
A bright start from our hosts as they fashion a header on target inside two minutes. It was never going to trouble Ter Stegen but the pressure that followed as Barça tried to play out of defence was effective.
Today's referee is 39 year old Juan Martinez Munuera who has had his senior FIFA badge since 2015.
Peeep! Let's go...
Jesús Riaño remembered
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OK, the players are heading out onto the pitch. The fans, and bloke on the tannoy, seem in good voice.
I am worried, but we keep working.
This does not stop. We just have to continue to rediscover a sense of ourselves, as well as our players and points. We have improved a lot of things, but against Bayern we saw a lesser Barça and we have to accept that.
We are working to get Barça back to where they deserve to be.
How it stands: Barcelona
An unusual position for the Catalan giants to find themselves as we get close to the halfway point in the season.
Given that perceived title rivals Real Madrid and Atlético are 11 and 16 points ahead, respectively, even a win today is likely only to be part of Xavi's required points total to reach the top four. That, at least, would return them to the Champions League next season.
How it stands: Osasuna
Mid-table mediocrity is a term commonly used as a pejorative, but if today's hosts can consolidate a position in the middle of the Spanish top flight they should be commended for it.
Currently sitting 11th a win today would, incredibly, take them up above their illustrious visitors, although having played a game more.
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Purple in Pamplona
As you may have noticed from the official line-up image, Sergio Busquets sporting today's kit, the visitors will take to the pitch in their changed purple/lilac colours.
Starting XI: Barça
Ter Stegen; Araujo, Umtiti, Piqué; Nico, Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Abde, Luuk de Jong, Dembélé
Starting XI: Osasuna
Herrera; Vidal, García, García, Cruz, Sánchez; Barja, Torró, Moncayola, García; García
It looks as though team news is incoming...
Fonder Barça memories
This lad Ronaldinho knew a thing or two about putting a smile on people's faces, as well as having one of the biggest cheesers himself.
Oh how they could do with him right now.
Early Xavi wobble
Being eliminated from the Champions League so early - something that hasn't happened for almost two decades - has hit hard in the Catalan club. Losing in Munich was no huge surprise but as Betis showed last week, it is not only the juggernauts of world football that are causing problems to the blaugrana.
To compound the issue, Barça go into this game without Memphis Depay and Jordi Alba.
...and that's on top of the losses of Pedri, Ansu, Agüero, Sergi Roberto, and Braithwaite.
A nice calm walk around Pamplona for today's visitors. It's chilly enough but once the warm-up gathers pace the lads will be fine.
One thing Xavi can do without is more injuries.
If you love your LaLiga football but you've never been to El Sadar, I'd recommend a trip. Not only can you be swept up in the emotions of the home support, there's usually a fun evening out in the centre after full time.
Contact us if you need some recommendations of steak houses, bars and the rest.
Osasuna vs Barcelona: welcome
Hello and welcome once again to our live sporting coverage.
Today it's the continued challenge that club legend Xavi Hernández faces as the 2021/20 LaLiga hits Week 17 and we have the meeting between Osasuna and Barcelona.
The action gets underway shortly at El Sadar in Pamplona with kick-off at 10:15 am ET / 7:15 am PT.
That's 16:15 hours local time CET and 3:15 pm UK time.
Stay with us and know what happens...