Real Madrid 0-0 Osasuna: Carlo Ancelotti’s men fail to extend lead at the top of LaLiga after being held to a goalless draw with the visitors winning first point at the Bernabeu since 2005
- Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Osasuna on Wednesday evening
- After a fairly quiet first half, the action picked up after the half-time interval
- It was Osasuna who came closest to scoring, with Moncayola hitting the post
- Karim Benzema then came close to breaking the deadlock when he hit the bar
Real Madrid stayed top of LaLiga but, after only picking up a draw against Osasuna, there are now just three points separating the top seven teams.
The goalless draw also saw Osasuna pick up a rare point at the Bernabeu – their first at the iconic ground in LaLiga for 16 years.
‘Barcelona lost so we wanted to take advantage but it was not possible,’ said Dani Carvajal.
Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening
Benzema saw one of his efforts crash off the bar as Real struggled to break the deadlock
REAL MADRID: (4-3-3) Courtois; Carvajal (Lucas 69), Militao, Alaba, Mendy (Marcelo 69); Camavinga (Rodrygo 46), Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio (Hazard 69), Benzema, Vinicius Junior
SUBS NOT USED: Fuidias (GK), Lunin (GK); Blanco, Diaz, Fernandez, Jovic, Vallejo
BOOKINGS: Camavinga (28)
COACH: Carlo Ancelotti
OSASUNA: (5-3-2) Herrera; Vidal, U. Garcia, D. Garcia, Cruz, Sanchez; Moncayola (Oier 90), Torro, Martinez (R. Garcia 67); Avila (Brasanac 67), K. Garcia (Barbero 89)
SUBS NOT USED: Ramos (GK); Areso, Barja, Grau, Ibanez, Ontiveros, Perez, Torres
BOOKINGS: U. Garcia (15)
COACH: Jagoba Arrasate
REFEREE: Cesar Soto Grado
MAN OF THE MATCH: TBA
VENUE: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Madrid came into the game on a high from Sunday’s Clasico win and with news reaching them before kick-off that Barcelona had failed to pick up their first away win of the season.
But Osasuna are one of the surprise packages so far and one of those seven teams jostling for top spot. They burst Madrid’s bubble in the first half reducing them to half chances and long shots.
And at the restart they almost took the lead but Jon Moncayola’s shot from Chimy Avilla’s brilliant run and cross came back off the post.
Madrid had brought on Rodrygo at the break and from Vinicius’ pass he broke down the right and crossed just too long for Vinicius to finish.
Benzema was next to go close with a shot that clipped the top of Sergio Herrera’s crossbar. From Vinicius assist the Frenchman then shot wide.
With 20 minutes left Carlo Ancelotti went for broke with Eden Hazard, Marcelo and Lucas Vazquez all coming on.
But Osasuna’s resolve was not weakened and with David Garcia repelling all efforts to penetrate the visitor’s goal there was no way through for Madrid.
Rodrygo played a clever one-two just inside the Osasuna area but Marcelo pulled the shot wide.
With Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis thrashing Valencia to go third behind second-placed Sevilla and minnows Rayo also in the mix after their famous win over Barcelona, which led to Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.
Atletico Madrid play Levante on Thursday and can go level on points with Real Madrid if they win the game.
Real Sociedad will go three points clear if they beat Cetla Vigo, also on Thursday.
Marcelo came close to scoring but failed to do so as Osasuna held firm at the Bernabeu
Vinicius Junior can’t believe his luck after missing a chance in Wednesday’s goalless stalemate