Saturday March 31, 2012 Day 31 Estadio Reyno de Navarra

Osasuna v Real Madrid

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  1. Osasuna v Real Madrid: LIVE

    Osasuna v Real Madrid: LIVE

    Follow live text commentary on the Liga clash between Osasuna and Real Madrid at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra. More

  • Live Commentary

    • - Are Madrid destined for the title? Have you seen a better goal than Benzema's this season? Let me know on Twitter now. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 90+2' FULL TIME. Two for Ronaldo, two for Higuain and a stunner from Benzema as Madrid move closer to the Spanish title with an emphatic victory in Pamplona.
    • 90+1' We will have two added minutes.
    • 90' Lamah is sent off in ridiculous circumstances. He is booked for dissent and then continues his complaints to earn a second in quick succession. What an idiot.
    • 89' Ronaldo leads yet another breakaway and squares for Coentrao, but the young Portugal international makes a mess of his shot and still awaits his first goal for Madrid.
    • 88' Two Osasuna players snatch at attempted shots but both miss the ball as Madrid suddenly look vulnerable.
    • 86' The pace has dropped out of this game thanks to the succession of substitutions and you fear that might be the scoring over for the night. Still, hasn't been bad, has it?
    • 84' Benzema - scorer of that superb effort - is replaced by Raphael Varane.
    • 83' Lekic cuts in from the left and fires a shot well wide of the far post. That was poor from the striker.
    • 82' Jon Echaide replaces Roversio for Osasuna.
    • 81' Ozil replaced by Di Maria as Madrid make their second change.
    • 80' Angel Di Maria will also be making an appearance shortly as Madrid ring the changes with the game won.
    • 79' A change for Madrid as Higuain is replaced by Fabio Coentrao.
    • 78' Madrid have 100 league goals for the season in just 30 games. They will be heading nine points clear of Barca before their game against Athletic Bilbao.
    • 77' GOAL! Osasuna 1-5 Real Madrid! Excellent from Ronaldo as he gets away from his man on the left and dinks in a cross from Higuain, who heads home from close range.
    • 75' That is Ronaldo's first goal from a free kick this season, by the way. Last season he scored four.
    • 73' Madrid have now scored 99 goals in La Liga this season...
    • 72' Ronaldo with a delicious cross for Benzema but the Frenchman just fails to get his toe to the ball and convert from close range as Madrid attack again.
    • 71' Fernandez is furious and goes into the book for dissent. He and Osasuna were very angry about the rather weak award of the free kick.
    • 70' GOAL! Osasuna 1-4 Real Madrid! Ronaldo belts the free kick and it takes a deflection off Lekic to wrong-foot Fernandez and sneak in.
    • 69' Madrid catch Osasuna on the break again and Benzema has a shot blocked. Now Ronaldo wins a free kick right on the edge of the box.
    • 68' Ronaldo pulls out a stepover and slips the ball through to Ozil, but the German is halted in his tracks by a fine challenge from Sergio.
    • 66' Osasuna change: Cejudo, who has been causing problems for Osasuna, is replaced by Roland Lamah.
    • 65' Ozil squares for Ronaldo but just when the Portuguese looks to then play in Higuain an Osasuna toe arrives and takes the ball away from him.
    • 64' Stat from Opta: "Real Madrid have won 11 of their last 15 top-flight meetings with Osasuna (D2 L2)."
    • 62' Fernandez almost spills the ball at the feet of Marcelo as Madrid pour forward once again, but the keeper just about grabs hold of it.
    • 61' Cejudo with another nice ball into the box and under pressure from Lekic, Raul Albiol heads behind for a corner to Osasuna. Casillas catches the set-piece though.
    • 60' Cejudo flings in a deep cross to the back post but instead of heading back across goal, Francisco Punal instead tries to head in from a tight angle, diverting the ball wide.
    • 58' Lekic is penalised when treading on the boot of Marcelo. That looked a painful one.
    • 56' Roversio attacks the corner but Casillas deals with it.
    • 55' Brilliant from Cejudo as he jinks away from a couple of players and hen sees an effort blocked. The ball then falls to Javad Nekounam and his fierce drive from 30 yards is turned round the post by Casillas.
    • 53' Higuain must be absolutely furious. That was a ridiculous thing for Ronaldo to do.
    • 52' Unbelievable! Higuain collects a pass from Ozil, rounds the keeper and then prepares to slot the ball home, only for Ronaldo to come across and basically tackle his team-mate as he tries to finish himself. So selfish, and he has cost his team.
    • 50' Roversio causing trouble again as he whips in a cross that Casillas catches at his near post. Fine work from the right-back.
    • 49' What a fantastic start to the second half from Barcelona. If they can get another back then this could get interesting.
    • 48' GOAL! Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid! Well, perhaps this game isn't over. Nino gets a goal back for the home side as he slips in behind Arbeloa to meet a deep cross from Roversio at the far post and head home.
    • 46' Osasuna change: Loe, who struggled in the first half, is replaced by striker Dejan Lekic.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - So, was Benzema's goal better than Marco van Basten's? Join the debate now on Twitter. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Stunning goals from Benzema and Ronaldo, and a third from Higuain, have Madrid in firm control.
    • 45' Raul Garcia goes to ground clutching his face as he tries to get Ramos sent off. A cynical piece of play-acting that does not fool the match official.
    • 43' Marcelo spots Benzema's plea for a cross and picks out the striker. However, after he controls on his chest the keeper is given the chance to pluck the ball out of the air.
    • 41' Madrid have been utterly devastating on the counter-attack tonight, as they are so often. All three forwards on the scoresheet. Ruthless.
    • 40' GOAL! Osasuna 0-3 Real Madrid! Higuain joins his fellow strikers on the scoresheet. Granero plays him in with a delicious through-ball and Higuain advances on goal before dinking his shot over Fernandez, who gets a faint touch to the ball.
    • 39' Stat from Opta: "The only season when Real Madrid had taken 75 points from 29 games in Primera, they ended the season as Champions (60/61)."
    • 38' Ronaldo celebrated by hitching up his shorts and pointing to his thigh, rather bizarrely. Anyway, that's his 36th league goal of the season.
    • 37' GOAL! Osasuna 0-2 Real Madrid! Another wonder goal from Madrid. Sensational. Ronaldo controls 35 yards from goal and unleashes a ridiculous effort that swerves in the air and fizzes past Fernandez. Keeper should have done better.
    • 36' Nino gets a good connection to a cross from the left but sees his volley blocked. Osasuna want a handball but it strikes the chest of Alonso.
    • 35' Madrid go close! Ozil forces Fernandez into action with a thunderous effort towards the near post. Higuain had previously just failed to get on the end of a cross from the right.
    • 33' Ozil applies pressure on Osasuna with a couple of corners in succession, the second of which is headed away well by Sergio just when Ronaldo is sniffing around.
    • 32' Stat from Opta: "Jose Mourinho’s team are the best away side in La Liga this season (W11 D2 L1), with six more points than Barcelona (29) on the road: their exact points difference in the table."
    • 30' Marcelo releases Ronaldo with a sumptuous pass off the outside of his boot and though the latter then drills in a fine low cross from the left, Ozil can't sweep the ball home as he arrives to meet it.
    • 29' Ooh, a nice effort from Ronaldo who tests the keeper with a ferocious, dipping effort from 25 yards. However, it is too close to Fernandez.
    • 28' The ref gets in the way of Ozil but Madrid retain possession and the German then delivers a cross from the right that fails to find a Madrid shirt.
    • 27' As Cejudo delivers a corner from the right, two Osasuna players tangle in the box and fall to the floor. It's faintly embarrassing.
    • 26' Higuain touches a pass through for Ronaldo but is ruled offside. Ronaldo was all set to sprint at goal.
    • 25' Alvaro Cejudo beats Marcelo to a deep cross into the box from Loe but sends his header wide of the far post.
    • 24' Casillas comes to punch clear and when the ball drops to Loe 25 yards from goal he sees a rather ambitious volley blocked.
    • 23' The game has settled down since that early strike of Benzema's and Osasuna are far from getting overwhelmed.
    • 21' Ramos goes into the book when leaping with his elbow to challenge Raul Garcia in the air.
    • 20' Ronaldo throws himself to ground after a heavy touch takes the ball away from him in the box and looks rather apologetic.
    • 19' Stat from Opta: "Only Real Madrid (one) and Barcelona (none) have lost fewer matches at home in La Liga this season than Osasuna (two)."
    • 17' Sergio has Higuain and Mesut Ozil haring at him but maintains his composure to play the ball back to Andres Fernandez in goal.
    • 16' Raoul Loe tries an ambitious attempt from range for Osasuna but Iker Casillas was never in any danger. That was a bit silly really.
    • 14' A chance for Osasuna as Nino muscles Marcelo off the ball following a suspect pass from Sergio Ramos and drags his shot across the face of goal.
    • 12' Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has just been ordered to the stands! Not sure why though. He must have been mouthing off on the sidelines.
    • 11' Great chance for Ronaldo! He cuts in from his position out on the left and rifles a viciously dipping effort just inches over the bar. Fantastic shot.
    • 9' Stat from Opta: "Real Madrid are without a win in their last three league visits to Pamplona, scoring just once (D1 L2)."
    • 8' Well, Madrid are in front thanks to a moment of utter genius. Is it a question of how many today?
    • 7' GOAL! Osasuna 0-1 Real Madrid! That is absolutely sensational. Just brilliant. Ronaldo pulls out a succession of tricks near the touchline before finding Benzema at the back post with a fine cross. The striker connects with an exceptional volley that flies into the far corner. Wow.
    • 6' Marcelo skips away from his marker at left-back and advances before pinging a long ball over the top for Gonzalo Higuain. However, the Argentina striker can't control.
    • 5' Alonso is tasked with taking the free kick but his delivery is unexpectedly poor and the ball soars out of play.
    • 4' Ronaldo opens up his legs and sprints around the side of Sergio, who brings the forward to ground and earns a very early booking. He will have to be so, so careful now.
    • 3' Madrid take a free kick quickly to surprise the home side but the move peters out when they fail to find a way through Osasuna's densely-packed defence.
    • 2' Marcelo picks out Karim Benzema with a wonderful diagonal ball but the Frenchman can't get a shot away after pulling it down in the box.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 19:00 So Madrid are just five goals short of notching 100 in La Liga this season. Can they do it tonight? Let me know on Twitter now, if you are into that sort of thing. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 18:55 Madrid have lost only once in their previous 23 games in all competitions - against Barcelona in the league - and ended a run of two consecutive draws when hammering Real Sociedad 5-1 last time out in the league. Osasuna are on a run of six consecutive league games without a defeat, equalling their best run of the season (their best-ever run is 11 in 90/91).
    • 18:50 Xabi Alonso returns to the Madrid side after being suspended for the midweek win over APOEL in the Champions League, while Angel Di Maria also returns to the bench after a month-long absence. Madrid's team has an ominously attacking look to it. There could be goals galore.
    • 18:45 TEAMS: Osasuna: Fernandez, Flano, Sergio, Damia, Roversio, Nekounam, Punal, Loe, Cejudo, Martinez, Garcia. Subs: Riesgo, Echaide, Lolo, Lamah, Annunziata, Timor, Lekic. /// Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Alonso, Granero, Ozil, Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Coentrao, Varane, Kaka, Altintop, Sahin, Di Maria.
    • 18:40 Hello and welcome to our live text commentary on the Liga game between Osasuna and Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho's side are aiming to go nine points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Osasuna

    Manager: José Luis Mendilibar

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

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