Real Madrid let a 2-0 halftime lead slip away, but rebounded to earn a 4-2 victory over Osasuna to complete the La Liga season for both clubs.
The match marked the end of Jose Mourinho's managerial run with Real Madrid. His arrival to the pitch just before the opening whistle led to near chaos as the media moved quickly to snap photos of the departing boss in his final match at the Bernabeu (via Futbol Bible).
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Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring for Real in the 35th minute. He broke free from the defense, took a pass from Michael Essien and easily slotted it into the corner.
Essien scored a goal of his own just three minutes later. He headed a Mesut Ozil corner past Osasuna goalkeeper Asier Riesgo, who had a lackluster showing in the finale. Essien celebrated the goal with Mourinho (via Sphera Channel).
It looked like the Blancos were in complete control coming out of halftime. Instead, Osasuna were the more aggressive side coming out of the break. Roberto Torres and Alvaro Cejudo scored 11 minutes apart to tie the match with just under a half hour to play.
The Blancos still found a way to end the season on a high note. Benzema scored just six minutes after Osasuna leveled and Jose Callejon provided some breathing room in the 87th minute.
Osasuna wasn't able to stage another comeback as Real held on for the 4-2 win.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): A
Benzema was the most dangerous player on the pitch for Real throughout the match. His hard work finally paid off in the 69th minute when he scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. It was the perfect way to end the campaign.
Jesus Fernandez (Real Madrid): A-
Even though Fernandez allowed two goals, the situation he was thrown into contributes to the high grade. Making his first La Liga appearance of the season, he kept a surprisingly active Rojillos attack at bay enough for his club to earn the victory.
Alvaro Cejudo (Osasuna): A
A tremendous performance from Cejudo in the finale. The 29-year-old winger was all over the pitch, playing a key role in Osasuna's ability to win the possession battle. The goal capped off a memorable outing, even though it wasn't enough to get a positive result for the club.
Roberto Torres (Osasuna): B+
Like Cejudo, Torres had success on the outside against Real. He provided the first goal of and was a vital piece of the surge that allowed the initial comeback. He deserves a lot of credit for taking advantage of the opportunity to start.
|Alvaro Arbeloa (off 85')||DF||C+|
|Angel di Maria (off 45')||AM||C|
|Mesut Ozil (off 81')||AM||B+|
|Nacho Fernandez (on 45')||DF||C+|
|Omar Mascarell (on 81')||MF||C|
|Diego Llorente (on 85')||DF||C|
|Asier Riesgo (off 75')||GK||C|
|Francisco Silva (off 78')||DM||B-|
|Joseba Llorente (off 45')||ST||D+|
|Manuel Omwu (on 45')||ST||B-|
|Ricardo Lopez Felipe (on 75')||GK||C|
|Maikel Mesa (on 78')||MF||C|
The match marked the end of the campaign for both clubs. Real Madrid finishes second in La Liga behind champions Barcelona while Osasuna is simply happy to avoid relegation. Each side heads into the summer seeking ways to upgrade their rosters before next season.