Osasuna vs. Barcelona: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
La Liga, October 19th, 2013
Osasuna 0-0 Barcelona (Second half)
Osasuna: Fernandez, Bertran, Loties, Arribas, Damia, De las Cuevas (Oier), Silva, Lolo, Sisi (Omwu), Roberto Torres, Riera (Punal).
Barcelona: Valdes, Montoya, Bartra, Puyol, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi (Messi), Iniesta, Fabregas, Pedro (Tello), Neymar.
FULL-TIME: Osasuna 0-0 FC Barcelona.
Barcelona the better side, but Osasuna probably warrant a point—much to the delight of the home supporters at El Sadar. Not many great openings for the visitors, although Cesc Fabregas might feel he could have turned one of his openings into an all-important goal.
Barca sit atop La Liga by a single point ... but Atletico Madrid can usurp them with a win against Espanyol later.
90'+1—Still Barca are not all on the same wavelength. Iniesta tries a backheel in the box, but Neymar is not the Spaniard thinks he will be and the ball is cleared.
90'—Into three minutes of injury time now. Can you say time-wasting?
88'—Fabregas goes down on the edge of the box, but the referee is going to give nothing he isn't certain about with this baying Pamplona crowd.
86'—Corner. Messi overhits the delivery and it is cleared. Adriano's shot back in is handled by Fabregas, although he really did not know much about it. Sums up his day, really.
85'—Omwu again tries to chase down a ball, but tiredness is beginning to take its toll on the home side.
83'—Adriano booked for a foul on Punal. Warranted, that, but it is the wasted time that will be of more concern to Martino than the card itself.
82'—Another chance gone. Busquets lobs the ball in for Messi but, uncharacteristically, the Argentine doesn't make proper contact with his first touch, and can then only stretch at a shot that Fernandez takes easily.
80'—Messi again tries to find an opening, but it isn't happening. Omwu runs down the flank with the ball, earning a throw-in (and a bit of respite) for his side.
Final substitution for Osasuna: De las Cuevas goes off for Oier.
79'—Another missed chance. Messi drops deep and gets the ball 25 yards out, but his left-footed effort is dragged about five yards wide. Maybe a bit of rust in that attempt.
77'—Odd. Bertran is booked for a foul on Neymar, but replays show it was actually Punal who hit the Brazilian with a deliberate elbow!
75'—With Bertran down injured after tackling Adriano, Barca continue to attack—with Arribas (again!) charging down a thumping Fabregas volley. That one might have stung.
Another sub now for Barca: Tello comes on for Pedro.
74'—Arribas is having a stellar game. Spots the danger to prevent Neymar getting on the end of another Iniesta pass.
72'—Not much space on the edge of the box as Neymar, Iniesta and Messi try and pass an opening into being. Eventually the latter is crowded out.
69'—Absolute panic as Osasuna attempt to deal with Barca's first attack since Messi's arrival. Looks like Arribas will be doing a virtual man-marking job on the late arrival.
68'—And here's another sub. A certain Leo Messi replaces Xavi.
67'—Busquets fires narrowly wide from range. Osasuna have replaced Riera with club captain Francisco Punal.
66'—More wonderful work from Neymar. He dribbles rings round a few defenders and then, having drawn others in, feeds Montoya on the left. The defender should shoot, but instead cuts back and the ball is ushered out for a corner.
65'—At the other end, De las Cuevas lashes wildly over from long range. No danger there.
64'—Barca knocking on the door now. Adriano lashes a cross-shot from out wide that finds neither the inside of the far post or Xavi, ghosting in looking for a tap-in.
61'—An even better chance, for Fabregas again! Xavi slides him in and, with time to consider his options, Cesc flashes his shot wildly over!
59'—Messi is now warming up, with a certain "Yes, I am here to save you all again" swagger about him.
58'—Best chance of the game. Neymar lofts a ball over the defenders for Fabregas, who sees the keeper Fernandez rushing from his line. But his attempted lob doesn't come off, and the weak shot (not even "weak-ish", I'm afraid) goes straight at the keeper. Waste.
57'—A rare Osasuna foray forward sees is eventually snuffed out. As Barca press more and more for an opener, they are leaving bigger spaces at the back.
54'—Great passing move from Barcelona ends with Montoya finding Cesc down the right. The Spaniard tries to rifle a low cross to Neymar at the far post, but it is just hit too hard as the stretching forward can't make contact.
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