Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid: Merengues Drop Points, Effectively End Title Defense
Who: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid
When: Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: El Sadar, Pamplona, Spain
Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid
Osasuna: Andrés Fernández; Marc Bertrán, Rubén, Arribas, Damiá; Cejudo, Lolo, Oier, Nino, Armenteros; Kike Sola
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Albiol, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Modric; Di María, Callejón; Higuaín
Bench: Jesús, Kakà, Benzema, Özil, Carvalho, Marcelo, Essien
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That's it! Osasuna have done it!
The great defense held up again and Madrid have now dropped two more points, this time against the worst team in La Liga.
Three minutes of stoppage time have been added and the teams are both looking tired.
A small scuffle breaks out and a couple of yellow cards are handed out.
One goes to Ozil and the other to Lolo for simulation.
88'—More great play from Arribas who has been better than almost everyone else on the pitch tonight.
Coentrao mae a fine run and sent a good pass on for Ozil, but Arribas cut it off and cleared for a corner.
With more clinical finishers, Osasuna could easily be 3 or 4 up.— Sidonie Blaugrana (@SidonieM10) January 12, 2013
86'—Close for Osasuna!
Sola makes a great run through everyone in Madrid's central defense, but a very poorly timed challenge from Varane gets just enough of the ball to slow Sola down and allow an interception.
8'—Madrid with one of their best chances of the night (which is shameful in itself) as Alonso finds Benzema who sends a fine pass to Callejon.
The forward dances by Lolo, but can only manage a corner in the end.
Goooooool Real Madrid! But it's offside! He is correctly offside. Still 0-0. Vamos Osasuna— Tre Atkinson (@TreAtkinson) January 12, 2013
78'—GOAL JOSE CALLEJON!!!!!
Oh wait, but it's called offside! Very close, but the linesman got it right as replays show that the forward was just offside.
76'—RED CARD Kaka!
The Brazilian loses his cool after another foul and mouths off to the referee.
Madrid will now be down to 10 men for the last 15 minutes.
74'—Wow, Xabi Alonso is lucky to still be on the pitch here.
He was the last man against Kike Sola—who bolted down the pitch after embarrassing Alvaro Arbeloa at midfield—and trip him up at the edge of the box just as Sola released the ball.
Osasuna have a decent shout for a penalty there.
72'—Yet more shoddy defending from Coentrao.
With the way he is getting beat out wide you'd think it's Jesus Navas running down the right wing for Osasuna.
68'—Liven up, Madrid fans!
Mesut Ozil has now been subbed in for Luka Modric and Mourinho is out of subs.
Let's see how much more bite the Merengues' attack has now that a true attacking midfielder has been introduced to partner Kaka.
67'—Once again Madrid are exposed with Kike Sola making a great run around Coentrao and Albiol.
Sami Khedira makes a great challenge to take the ball away and give the hosts a corner.
63'—Benzema gets his first touch and it seems as though he has moved out wide with Callejon now operating the center forward position.
Kaka is on the other wing, but I'm sure all three players will be switching roles as the match goes on.
60'—Not an ideal start to Kaka's match as he immediately elbows Ruben going up for a ball and earns his first YELLOW CARD of the season.
58'—Very wise substitutions from Mourinho here.
Kaka comes on for Di Maria and will add some life to the attack while the recently fit Higuain will come off for Karim Benzema.
55'—Shameful stuff from Madrid here as they're getting out-played at both ends of the pitch.
There is just nothing happening in midfield, the attack is without bite and the back line is very shaky.
Albiol looks even less poised than the young Varane, who also looks too nervous.
52'—Kaka is warming up now.
It would be best to take one of the wingers off for the Brazilian, but Mourinho may take Modric off instead.
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