Cristiano Ronaldo's normally world-class finishing ability was absent against Osasuna on Thursday night, but the Real Madrid star found plenty of other ways to impact the match.
Although he didn't convert any of the several chances that he usually puts home in clinical fashion, Ronaldo, per WhoScored.com, finished with three key passes, one assist and a 7.55 match rating.
In the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 matchup, Los Blancos strolled to a no-nonsense 2-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo wasted little time putting his imprint on the fixture. In the opening 12 minutes, he completed passes in the box to both Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, but neither player was able to convert his chance.
Moments later, he put together one of those jaw-dropping trademark moments you've become accustomed to seeing on a regular basis. Isolated in the middle of the pitch, Ronaldo left multiple defenders in his wake with a beautiful display of dribble before laying a nice little pass to a wide-open Jese streaking toward goal.
The pass turned out to be just a little heavy, though, and goalkeeper Asier Riesgo was able to barely knock the ball away before Jese could get a touch.
The rest of the first half was fairly unspectacular for Ronaldo, with the only real noteworthy moment coming when a free kick flew just wide of goal.
But in the second half, the fireworks—both for better and for worse—started.
In the 53rd minute, the Portuguese international found himself free in front of goal on a corner kick but rose up and sent the ball flying wildly over the crossbar. Despite the poor miss, even Romelu Lukaku was quick to point out Ronaldo's trampoline-esque leaping ability:
Then came a trio of wild events all within about 180 seconds of each other.
First, Gareth Bale delivered the ball into the box for Ronaldo, who had a clean shot on goal but put it right at Riesgo. CR7 didn't get a great touch on the ball, and as such wasn't able to get much power or direct the shot.
A few seconds later, though, he totally redeemed himself when he unselfishly left the ball off to Jese on a 3-on-2 break, allowing the 20-year-old to double Real's lead with a nice finish.
Again, just seconds later, Luka Modric drove in a brilliant long ball over the top of the defense to Ronaldo, but his volley from right in front of the goal went awry.
Capping off the string of forgettable moments, Bale had Riesgo beat in the 69th minute, but his shot was cleared off the line by none other than Ronaldo, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and just couldn't get out of the way.
Here's a look at the play, courtesy of LandOfOzil on Twitter:
Great save by Ronaldo to deny Bale. https://t.co/RkgPEz1om4— LÖ (@LandOfOzil) January 9, 2014
On any other day, when Ronaldo is finishing like his typical self and not auditioning for the starting keeper job, Real Madrid comes away with four or five goals.
Still, it speaks to the class of the 28-year-old that when he struggles, he still finds ways to make positive plays and help his squad to a victory.