What is it about this Osasuna team that continuously plays FC Barcelona so tough in these past few seasons?
It’s always a struggle for el blaugrana in Pamplona, and Sunday was no different as FC Barcelona had to come back in the second half of the game to defeat Osasuna 2-1 in one of the best games of the football weekend.
Osasuna came out tough within the first 30 seconds of the game as Alvaro Sejuro came inside the box, passed both Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique and took a great shot at Victor Valdes, who made a fabulous save.
The home team played with so much energy in the first minutes of the game as they made it tough for Barca to get out of their own half of the pitch. Ray Hudson of belN Sport put it best when he said on air that this was a street fight for Barcelona as Osasuna was not afraid of Tito Vilanova’s men.
And Osasuna got the first punch in the 17th minute as Ronald Lamah crossed it inside the box and found the boot of Joseba Llorente and put it passed Valdes for a wonderful goal.
Andres Iniesta almost made it 1-1 after Alexis Sanchez found him Andres alone inside the box only to see Iniesta put it Section 12, Seat 17 of the stands.
Valdes made another huge save in the 33rd minute as Lamah got past Puyol and launched a shot at near point-blank range towards VV, who made the stop. Pique had to make a save on because he was on the floor as the Lamah shot rebounded to Llorente, who missed his opportunity to make it 2-0.
Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez had a terrific first half as he stopped all shots, including great shots from the Barca forwards of Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi and Cristian Tello.
The second half saw Barcelona begin to come up forward more as they were looking for the tie. But Osasuna continued to put the pressure on. Pique and Puyol made another mistake in the 60th minute as bad passes lead to an Osasuna shot on goal.
Segio Busquets almost assured the Osasuna win in the 70th minute as Busi lost the ball in the back line, which led to an Osasuna breakaway. Nino had the win locked if he would have put the ball in the back of the net, but he just missed.
Tito Vilanova was sent off after that play as he thought Busquets was fouled.
You can't miss those kinds of chances against a team like FC Barcelona.
And Lionel Messi made Osasuna pay.
Messi finally tied the game up in the 76th minute. Sanchez found Messi, who slid to slowly roll it past it past Fernandez for the equalizer.
Just four minutes later, Messi slap-shotted the ball to the back of the net after a great pass by Jordi Alba, who found Leo at the top of the box. The rest was Messi magic!
Osasuna seemingly deserved a tie at least. Messi’s magic was late in coming, but just in time as Barcelona defeated Osasuna 2-1.
It was the first comeback win at Osasuna in 52 years.
Now that we’ve reviewed the game, let’s hand out the report cards for the Barcelona players in their 2-1 comeback victory over a tremendous Osasuna on Sunday.