Match Recap: Osasuna 1 – 3 Real Madrid

13 Feb


I know, I know… It’s been a while. My situation is precarious, and my ability to watch matches is inconsistent. I’ve missed it horribly, I’ve missed the blog horribly, and I’ve missed all of you horribly!

This is the first match I’ve seen in full since the Madrid derbi, so let me get this started!

Pre-Match Social Media:

Some things never change…

This one made me giggle.

Bale had his heart in two places today

Starting Lineups:

Osasuna: Salvatore Sirigu; Tano Bonnin, Oier, Nikola Vujadinovic, Juan Fuentes; Jaime Romero, Goran Causic, Fausto Tienza, Alex Berenguer; Emmanuel Riviere, Sergio Leon

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho; Danilo, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Isco, Marcelo; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema



I try my best to not question the coaches and give them the benefit of the doubt. I really do. But this one… What is that lineup?! I wasn’t sure if we were trying to run a 5-3-2 or a 3-5-2 or a “Fuck it! Do what you want!”

Regardless of my hang-ups, our boys got the match started.

Osasuna seemed to be a team that was closer to the top 10 than the relegation zone in the opening minutes. Or, we just didn’t seem to want to play. It could have been either.

The first yellow card of the match came in the 10th minute when Fuentes had a bad tackle on Crispy.

In the 14th minute there was an absolutely horrific injury to Tano Bonnin. He and Isco came together and you could see Tano’s leg snap. It was awful, and the second horrific injury of the day. Aleix Vidal of Barcelona had a horrible ankle injury earlier in the day.

In all seriousness, I wish a speedy and complete recovery to Tano.

Tano was replaced by Garcia.

In the 18th minute, Fausto had a hell of a shot on goal that Navas had to get down and save.

There seemed to be a lack of connection between the defense and forwards, as there so often does. And, just as I was getting frustrated, Ronnie put it low and past Sirigu for our first goal.


In the 28th minute, Modric was booked for his arm in Jaime’s face.

In the 33rd minute, Osasuna equalized with a really nice goal. Honestly, it was. Sergio Leon split Varane and Ramos before chipping it beautifully over Navas. He’s a fun player to watch, and I suspect he won’t stay with Osasuna should they get relegated.

Sirigu made a great save in the 38th minute against a low Benzema shot. Part of me thinks Benz should have tried to slot that to the corner, but when I watched again, I’m not sure he could have.

In the 37th minute, Fausto picked up a yellow card for a late tackle on Ramos.

In the 44th minute, Keylord had to make a save on a low shot from Vujadinovic.

After 3 added minutes, the first half ended Osasuna 1-1 Real Madrid.

Second Half:

Osasuna kicked off the second half, and after just four minutes forced Navas into a diving save.

In the 54th minute, Clerc replaced Fuentes for Osasuna’s second sub of the match.

In the 57th minute, Danilo picked up an injury to what looked like his achilles. James was his replacement.

Loe replaced Fausto in the 61st minute for Osasuna and James promptly picked up a yellow for a late tackle on Garcia.

In the 62nd minute our “bandy-legged beauty” (yeah, I actually quoted Ray Hudson) picked up the ball, dribbled past two Osasuna players, and slotted how a wonderful low shot!


In the 72nd minute, Vazquez replaced Benzema. Seemed an odd substitution but in the end, I have to admit it was smart.

Both Sir Tans-A-Lot and The Pony got shots off in the 75th minute but neither could find a goal.

Ronaldo had a penalty waved off in the 79th minute, which I honestly think should have been given. The defender’s arm was across Cris. It’s a penalty regardless of how easily Cris went down.

In the 88th minute, Kovacic came in for Isco.

In the 91st minute, Causic picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on James.

In the 93rd minute, Lucas collected a very nice pass from Marcelo and chipped it nicely over Sirigu.


After 4 minutes of added time, that was it.

Osasuna 1 – 3 Real Madrid

Match Photos:

Post-Match Comments:



Zidane: “We expected to have to dig in, but we’re happy to have got the three points”

“This is somewhere where the difference between the league leaders and the bottom side isn’t all that evident”, added the Whites’ coach.

Zinedine Zidane took to the media room at El Sadar in the wake of Real Madrid’s victory over Osasuna and the madridista coach had the following to say: “Each weekend we know we’re going to be put under pressure in LaLiga, both from Barcelona and the other teams. We expected to have to dig in because we know that they’re a side that make life difficult for you right from the off on their own patch, but we’re happy to have got the three points”.

“We had the chances to have scored a second and they then went and levelled things. At half-time I said to them that it could very well happen and that we needed to make the most of our chances. After the break we saw an improved performance and we looked more balanced. We’re happy because this is somewhere where the difference between the league leaders and the bottom side isn’t all that evident”.

“We started with three at the back and with Marcelo and Danilo on the wings, but after the injury we had to change things in order to keep the balance and we were able to get the win. We have gone 15 days without playing and now we know that we’ll be playing every three days. We need to rest up and then focus our attentions on Wednesday’s game”.

“James did well because it’s not easy to step into a game like that which is so back and forth. He is calm and helps the others to play, he is a key member of this side”.

Danilo’s injury
“Danilo took a knock and we’ll have a look at that tomorrow but I think it’s just a knock. I also feel bad about the Osasuna player’s injury and we all feel the same way”.


Isco: “I am sorry for Tano’s injury and I hope he recovers as soon as possible”

“We won thanks to our determination and grit”, stated Marcelo.

Isco scored the second goal in the win in Pamplona and highlighted his role within the team: “Osasuna are a team that play well, and El Sadar is a fortress to play in, the pitch was not in good condition. We suffered until the last and got the three points, which is what we wanted. It is a really important win and we won 1-3 having suffered, that is a good feeling. I am happy with the goal and happy to help my team out with my work”.

“Tano’s injury was due to a poorly timed lunge. we went in knee-to-knee, and he stayed down. It really is awful that he suffered such a bad injury. I am sorry and I hope he recovers as soon as possible. I haven’t looked back at the footage; it was a chilling moment and It is horrible that it happened”.

Milestones for Ramos and Nacho
“Sergio is a real leader and 500 games at Real Madrid is something very few players manage. Nacho is a player who does everything right and it really makes me proud to have two teammates like them”.
Marcelo: “We fought hard and kept running”
“Playing here is difficult, Zidane told us that before the game, and their fans really pile on the pressure. We fought hard and kept running and at the end there, with determination and grit, we got the three points. We were really eager to play after so long away”. 

Praise for Nacho and Ramos
“Nacho is an incredible player; he plays well wherever the coach plays him. He pushes himself in every training session and every match and gives everything. In terms of Ramos we know he is a great leader, a big brother, and I hope he has many more games to come here”.

“Over the course of these days we’ve rested up and that’s done us good because the pitch wasn’t in a good state and it took more out of us to get the ball back. We put in a great performance. We’re not thinking about the rearranged fixtures and we knew that it would tough and that we would have to win here to hold on to top spot”.

Injury to Tano
“It’s tough to see the kinds of things that we’ve seen today, I send him my best wishes because he’s got a career ahead of him and I hope that he makes a swift recovery. I also hope that Danilo’s injury isn’t anything serious. I felt a bit tired towards the end, but I thought I did well and was fresh”.

Keylor: “The three points leave a sweet taste”
“We’ll fight for the points wherever we go. We’ve come here to a tough place to play at and the three points leave a sweet taste. The LaLiga season is a very long one and we have to continue on in the same vein. We know that we now face a tough game in the Champions League, but we’ll be going into it just as we always do”.

“I try to work hard every day and ignore those sorts of things. I don’t gain or lose anything with all of that. Madrid has to have the best players and I work hard each day to be the best, be amongst the best players and to be able to stay here for many years to come”.

Support from Florentino Pérez
“That’s very important for me, he’s displayed the trust he has in me. I’m relaxed and I try to repay that faith with saves and by helping the team”.

It was Nacho’s 100th match and Sergio’s 500th match in La Liga. The team gave them jerseys with those respective numbers on them after the match. And, of course, they posed as only Team Pretty can pull off with such ritual.

Our next match is Wednesday against Napoli in Champions League. I’m a little worried, to be honest. However….

¡Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!


(gifs by gutilicious and GF Sports)

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