Real Madrid's poor form in La Liga continued with a 0-0 draw to last-place Osasuna.
Madrid was playing without Cristiano Ronaldo, who served a one-match suspension after an accumulation of yellow cards. The dip in the club's form due to its star's absence was noticeable throughout the match.
Although Osasuna sat at the bottom of the table heading into this match, Madrid was unable to dominate the contest and failed to create many quality opportunities.
In the second half, Osasuna spent a surprising amount of time in front of Iker Casillas' goal. Madrid's task of breaking the tie became tougher when Kaka—who came on as a substitute—managed to pick up two yellow cards in just 18 minutes.
This was a disappointing day for Madrid, and the club took a step backwards in its near-impossible quest to catch Barcelona atop the La Liga table.
Iker Casillas, Real Madrid: A-
Although this has not been Casillas' finest campaign, he has been in excellent form recently. He went into this match knowing that his team's attack would be lacking without Ronaldo, and he delivered another fine performance.
He was a rock between the posts and calmly turned away each and every one of Osasuna's opportunities.
Kike Sola, Osasuna: C+
Beating Casillas and the Madrid defense is no easy task, but Osasuna was hoping its leading goal scorer would be able to find a way to breath life into his club's struggling attack.
While he was able to keep pressure on the defending champions' back line at some points during the match, he was ultimately unable to truly threaten the Madrid defenders.
Jose Callejon, Real Madrid: C
Callejon was given the unenviable task of filling Ronaldo's position in this match, and he did not deal with the challenge well.
He failed to make a significant impact on the match and 90 minutes ultimately went by without him creating any truly exciting chances on goal.
Osasuna Defense: A
The back line is not the reason this club is in danger of relegation this season. The defense had only conceded 20 goals heading into this contest, which was tied with Madrid for the fourth-best mark in La Liga.
The group combined for yet another admirable performance, and keeping a clean sheet against the Galacticos may be the highlight of this season for Osasuna.
Kaka, Real Madrid: D
The veteran midfielder certainly does not have a reputation for being overly aggressive, but he was completely irresponsible in this match.
After earning a yellow card just two minutes after being introduced, he needed to exercise significantly more caution than he did, and his indiscretion put his team at a serious disadvantage.
Madrid will remain in third place behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while Osasuna is now tied on points with Deportivo La Coruña, who plays Real Sociedad tomorrow.
Osasuna will host Deportivo La Coruña next Sunday, while Madrid will start a three-game series against Valencia. Jose Mourinho's side will face two battles in the next two weeks against Valencia in Copa del Rey while also facing them in a La Liga fixture next Sunday.