Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid summary: score, goals, highlights, LaLiga 2021-22
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Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid: match report
Real Madrid secured a hard-fought win Osasuna on Wednesday in the 33rd round of La Liga in Pamplona.
David Alaba opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the 12th minute but Croatia's Ante Budimir equalized a minute later before Marco Asensio made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time with Lucas Vazquez wrapping up things in time added on (96').
A solid second half showing from Real Madrid was enough to warrant maximum points for Ancelotti's side against a dogged Osasuna side. The scoreboard could have seen a higher margin had Karim Benzema converted the two second half penalty kicks awarded to the visitors.
The only downside on the night was the late first half injury sustained by David Alaba with the Austrian international forced to make way at the break for Carvajal.
The win for Real Madrid now affords Ancelotti's men a week to prepare for the Manchester City game in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Benzema at the heart of the move as he wins the ball deep inside his own half rto release Vini as the whistle sounds.
Goooooooool. Vazquez strikes at the death after a fine pass from Vini.
Vini is through on goal and with the goal at his mercy, the Brazilian pokes the ball wide.
Militao seems to have developed an injury as he slides in to intervene. The Brazilian is back on his feet which is good news for Madrid fans.
Osasuna pushing now and a big call from Osasuna for a penalty as Nacho appears to handle.
We'll have 6 mins. of added time.
Rodrygo is to be replaced by Vini Jr.
Rodrygo goes to ground and once again the Brazilian looks for a spot kick alleging he was pushed by Garcia. no call from the ref and once again the match official gets it right.
Real Madrid have been by far the stronger side in the second half and should have put the contest beyond Osasuna now. Still 1-2 as we head towards the 90 minute mark
Madrid press again and Asensio shoots but the ball is deflected wide for a corner. Isco goes close from the resulting corner and that was a major let off for the home side.
Barbero on for Avila, final switch for Osasuna
Fine one-two between Carvajal and Benzema, the French striker sees glory but fires high and wide.
Asensio breaks and the ball falls to Rodrygo ... the Brazilian shapes to shoot but loses his footing as Osasuna clear the danger.
Action briefly held up here as the ref is unhappy with something. He's just had a word with the Osasuna matchday delegate as the stadium PA asks fans to stop firing objects at Courtois.
Change for Osasuna (4th) as Brasanac leaves and Torres comes on. Ten left in Pamplona.
Chimy with a dangerous free and Budimir nods wide as Osasuna get set to bring on Torres.
Time slipping away for Osasuna now with just the earlier headed effort troubling Courtois. Chimy Avila has been discreet in this second half for the home side.
Camavinga makes way for Isco
Less than 20' left here at El Sadar as a 1-3 scoreline looks a little likelier than a 2-2. Madrid have been in control for the bulk of the second half with the first 45' being reasonably evenly divided.
Ceballos lies injured on the park as Kroos is set to make an entrance.
Oier on for Javi Martinez. Kike Barja on for Cote (Osasuna changes).
Camavinga shoots but the Frenchman screws his shot and pulls the ball wide
Camavinga has really grown into the game, after my negative comments about the former Rennes man, the central player has grown into the position with no Casemiro, Kroos and Modric in action tonight.
Nacho carded for Real Madrid and if memory serves me well, he'll be suspended for the next league game against Espanyol at the Bernabeu.
Madrid very much in control now despite missing two spot kicks. Two excellent stops from Herrera as Benzema looked to hit the same place twice, low and hard to his left but on both counts the Osasuna keeper saved well.
Incredible as Herrera saves again .... Two spot kicks missed from Benzema.
Ceballos looks for another penalty. This time the ref points to the spot as Rodrygo is upended by Nacho Vidal who falls as he tries to shoot. Benzema will take again.
Osasuna fans up the noise levels as they feared that the spot kick would put the game beyond their men as Madrid it is now looking for their third goal.
No let up in the drama here as Benzema (who rarely misses from the spot) sees his effort well saved by the Osasuna stopper
Benzema to take.... Herrera guesses well and saves from the French striker
Penalty for Real Madrid as Osasuna handle in the box
Brasanac almost finds the corner of the net with a header but Courtois dives well to save. The Belgian is such an integral part of the reasons behind Real Madrid's success providing at least one or two vital saves per game. How many points has the keeper been worth all season ?
The Alaba problem is something of a mystery but it seemed to be of a muscular nature. I imagine we'll find out further details at the conclusion of the game
Change for Osasuna too as Manu Sanchez is on for Ruben Garcia
The second half is underway as Osasuna get the action going
Carvajal will replace Alaba for Madrid.
A good half of football at El Sadar with Madrid happy to be head in at the interval with their lead restored after being ahead for just one minute. Alaba and Asensio the goal heroes for the visitors with Budimir grabbing the equaliser for the home side.
There was a degree of anxiety at the end of the half as David Alaba lay on the pitch with, what looked liked an injury problem.
Alarm bells for Madrid as Alaba seems to have developed a problem as the whistle blows for the break.
Gooooooool. Asensio taps into an empty net as Herrera once again can only palm the ball out. Camavinga at the heart of the move as he finds Ceballos .... the keeper saves and Asensio scores
Darko Brasanac carded as he clips Benzema. One card per side with Camavinga booked for Madrid.
Ceballos shoots but the ball is deflected and falls kindly for Herrera.
Madrid are finishing the half the stronger side with a solid spell of possession as Osasuna are forced to defend deeply.
Five left as David Alaba has a go from long range and Herrera is forced to save. Fine strike from the Austrian international who is looking to add to his earlier goal.
Asensio goes close with a drive from the edge of the box but his right footed effort heads to the back row of the stand at El Sadar.
Apart from a brief spell just before opening the scoring, Real Madrid have been the second best side here tonight with a really fired up Osasuna team. Madrid failing to control the central area and Camavinga seems overwhelmed by the responsibility.
Goooooool......No, scratch that, offisde ...Budimir marginally offside when he met the ball... Correct call
With the 1-1 scoreline here in Pamplona, this is how the league table currently looks
Chimy Avila picks up the ball on the edge of the box, takes two touches and drives left footed but his effort lacks accuracy and is well wide.
Madrid not the creative force in the central area without the likes of Kroos, Casemiro and the central maestro that is Luka Modric.
Osasuna fired up by their quick equaliser and have enjoyed the past five minutes of action with Brasanac and Cote causing problems. The energy levels being employed by the home side to close Real Madrid down are notable.
Chimy Avila is a real livewire tonight for Osasuna as he treats the fans to a rabona cross.
Budimir is alert and on hand to tap home to equalise.
..and one minute later, Osasuna strike back to make it 1-1
Goooooool. Alaba scores after the ball zips around pin-ball style and the Austrian is there to tap in the rebound after the keeper saves from the first chance.
Ceballos fouled by Martinez as Asensio steps up to take. The first drops of rain start to fall in Pamplona.
And another fine chance for Osasuna as the ball zips across the face of the Madrid goal with Budimir unable to tap the ball towards the goal.
Budimir does well to break into the box and with his less favoured left foot, blasts wide with just Courtois to beat.
An early card for Camavinga as he clips Garcia and claims his innocence
No real pattern to the game as yet with 'Los Rojillos' adopting a very high press.
Osasuna and the Estadio El Sadar are well known for their noisy and partisan fans. Already plenty of noise being generated by the supporters and the acoustics at the newly revamped El Sadar help to accentuate the noise.
All set in Pamplona. The referee sounds his whistle and we're underway ...Madrid start the action
The teams take to the pitch. Osasuna in their classic red shirts, navy shirts... Real Madrid in their usual all white.
Somewhat of a surprise to see Benzema starting for Real Madrid tonight given the importance of next Tuesday's Champions League semi-final. Ancelotti's side have such an advantage at the top top of the table that they could have rested the striker.
Real Madrid will need to be aware of Osasuna's ariel strength tonight with 'Los Rojillos' the second highest scorers in LaLiga with headed goals.
15' minutes away from kick-off and it's a fresh April evening with overcast skies and a temperature of 7C/44F and a high possibility of rain during tonight's action.
Surprise in the early ko tonight as Atleti are held 0-0 at home to struggling Granada. A great result for new manager Aitor Karanka and a blow for Simeone's side as they look to cement fourth place and an automatic place in next season's Champions League.
At present, most analysts foresee Madrid being crowned potentially at the Wanda Metropolitano, home to city rivals Atletico Madrid. Obviously tonight's result and those of FC Barcelona will play a key role in any championship date.
Madrid's rest of season fixtures
These are Real Madrid's outstanding fixtures for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Advance past Man City in the UCL semi-final and a 28 May Parisian date awaits Carlo Ancelotti's men.
A reminder of the team news should you just be joining us.
Carlo Ancelotti makes a series of changes from the side who won in Seville with one eye, no doubt on Tuesday nexts clash in Manchester.
- 3Eder Militao
- 17Lucas Vázquez
- 19Dani Ceballos
- 15Federico Valverde
- 11Marco Asensio
- 5David García
- 2Nacho Vidal
- 16José Ángel
- 28Javi Martínez
- 7Jon Moncayola
- 9Chimy Ávila
- 17Ante Budimir
- 14Rubén García
New faces in Real Madrid squad
There were two new faces in the list for the Osasuna game. Rafa Marín and Juanmi Latasa are part of the 20-man travelling party. It is the third time running that central defender Marin has been called up by the first team - he was on the bench against Chelsea and Sevilla, covering for Vallejo.
Centre-forward Latasa was included in the squad list for the league game against Granada on 6 February. He is Raúl’s first-choice to lead the attack for Castilla (with whom he has scored 10 goals), and has the chance to make his senior debut as an alternative from the bench for Benzema.
Ancelotti earlier in the week confirmed that he has decided to give Luka Modric a well-earned rest.
Madrid unbeaten in 13 games vs Osasuna
Having opened up a 15-point lead over Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, Carlo Ancelotti's side would take another huge step towards the club's 35th league title by beating Osasuna, against whom they are unbeaten in 13 league matches.
Osasuna-Real Madrid: match official
Tonight's referee is Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. The Bilbao born official has been a FIFA ranked referee since 2018.
The men from Pamplona start with Budimir and Chimy Avila manning the attack for Arrasate's side.
Osasuna XI: Herrera; Vidal, David García, Aridane, Cote; Brasanac, Moncayola, Javi Martínez, Rubén García; Ávila, Budimir.
Madrid come into the game in flying form. A massive 2-3 win at Seville last Sunday capped a fine week that saw Ancelotti's men advance to the semi-final stage of the Champions League despite losing at home (2-3) to Chelsea FC.
Two defeats in the past five outings for Jagoba Arrasate's men with defeats to Barcelona and Betis.
Having already secured their place in next year's LaLiga Santander, Osasuna do have an outside chance of a European place with a 7th place this season a possible open door to a place in a UEFA competition next season (should Villarreal win the Champions League or Betis win the Copa del Rey and secure a top four finish)
Real Madrid XI
Carlo Ancelotti has named his starting Real Madrid XI for tonight's clash in Pamplona as Ceballos gets a rare start for Los Blancos. Rodrygo is rewarded with a start too following his bright displays recently from the bench.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois. Lucas Vázquez, Militão, Alaba, Nacho. Valverde, Camavinga, Ceballos. Rodrygo, Asensio, Benzema.
Missing tonight's action
Both managers have injury concerns to contend with against Wednesday's clash with Juan Cruz and Areso out for Osasuna.
Ancelotti has decided to rest Modric and be without Mendy, Marcelo, Casemiro, Jovic and Vallejo.
Gareth Bale was a last minute exclusion too with the Welsh striker developing a muscular problem.
Watching their step at El Sadar
A series of players for both sides are on four yellow cards and a booking tonight would see them ruled out of the next LaLiga action for their respective sides:
For Osasuna: Vidal and Nacho Sanchez
For Real Madrid: Kroos, Modric, Nacho and Militao
Fighting spirit key as Madrid close in on LaLiga title, says Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso says Real Madrid's ability to grind out results when not at their best has been key to their success this season, as Los Blancos eye a 35th LaLiga title.
Alonso, who now coaches Real Sociedad's B team, made 236 appearances during a five-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, helping Carlo Ancelotti's team lift the Champions League trophy in 2014.
With Ancelotti back at the helm, Madrid hold a 15-point lead over Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, and the Italian looks set to celebrate his first Spanish title triumph after already winning league titles in Italy, England, France, and Germany.
After beating Sevilla 3-2 with a late Karim Benzema goal last time out, Los Blancos have won 17 points from losing positions this season, the most in LaLiga, and Alonso believes that fighting spirit has been crucial.
"I think the team have found that stability, knowing that maybe they can struggle during one game, but they will have a chance to win and that they can win any game," he told FedEx.
"So far, in difficult moments, they have won games, and they are feeling comfortable playing great football and comfortable playing not the best football."
"Sometimes that's important as well, not to get nervous when you are not playing your best, to deal with those difficult times. I think that Madrid, they have dealt very well with those moments and that's why they are now in a great position.
Real Madrid fans are already doing their sums and trying to work out precisely when they will be mathematical champions. They firstly, need to win tonight in Pamplona and hope that Barcelona slip up against Real Sociedad tomorrow and also lose at home to Rayo next weekend. Sevilla also need to slip up at Levante too tomorrow.
Essentially, Madrid need 7 points to secure the title. It really is a question of when....
The action in Navarra starts at 2130 local time/ 2030 GMT or 3:30 pm (ET)
Hello and welcome to our coverage from Pamplona as Real Madrid face Osasuna in matchday 33 of LaLiga (2021-22).