Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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).

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).

Courtesy: 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.

Normally, that's when superstar Cristiano Ronaldo would take over the match. Unfortunately for Real, he was unavailable due to a back injury.

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.

 

Grades

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): A

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

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-

Courtesy: RealMadrid.com

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

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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+

Courtesy: Osasuna.es

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.

 

Real Madrid

Player Position Grade
Jesus Fernandez GK A-
Jose Callejon DF B
Ricardo Carvalho DF B+
Raul Albiol DF C+
Alvaro Arbeloa (off 85') DF C+
Luka Modric DM B-
Michael Essien DM B
Angel di Maria (off 45') AM C
Mesut Ozil (off 81') AM B+
Karim Benzema AM A
Gonzalo Higuain ST B+

Substitutes

Player Position Grade
Nacho Fernandez (on 45') DF C+
Omar Mascarell (on 81') MF C
Diego Llorente (on 85') DF C

 

Osasuna

Player Position Grade
Asier Riesgo (off 75') GK C
Oier Sonj DF B-
Ruben Gonzalez DF C-
Unai Garcia DF C
Fernando Nano DF C
David Timor DM B
Francisco Silva (off 78') DM B-
Alvaro Cejudo AM A
Emiliano Armenteros AM C+
Roberto Torres AM B+
Joseba Llorente (off 45') ST D+

Substitutes

Player Position Grade
Manuel Omwu (on 45') ST B-
Ricardo Lopez Felipe (on 75') GK C
Maikel Mesa (on 78') MF C

 

What's Next?

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.

 

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