Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane’s side slip up in the snow after goalless draw sees them miss out on chance to top LaLiga table
- Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 with relegation-threatened Osasuna as they missed chance to top LaLiga
- Karim Benzema was angered after he was ruled offside in goal midway through the second period for offside
- Zinedine Zidane’s side sit second behind city rivals Atletico, but have played three more games than them
Real Madrid slipped up against Osasuna drawing 0-0 in the snow and missing the chance to go top of La Liga.
This was the game they were not happy about playing. Storm Filomena had made for a four-hour delay flying out of the capital late on Friday night.
The late kick-off made for an even more treacherous playing surface with a powdering of fresh snow on the pitch that had been cleared throughout the day.
The pitch at the Estadio El Sadar was given a rather heavy frosting from snowfall ahead of kick off but it remained playable
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos battles with Osasuna and Argentinian forward Jonathan Calleri as the snow falls
Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard holds off the challenge from Osasuna’s Nacho Vidal in the frosty conditions
Osasuna is always a tough place for Madrid to play even in a season when they are in the bottom three and this was to be no different. Madrid’s mood was not lifted by news they would not be able to fly back to Madrid until later on Sunday.
Despite the difficulty of the fixture coach Zinedine Zidane gave Eden Hazard a rare start up front with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio but for the first time this season Real Madrid failed to muster a single shot on goal in the first half.
The ball was finally in the net on the hour mark. Sergio Herrera pulled off a brilliant save at point-blank from a Benzema header. The forward bundled the rebound over the line but he had been offside from the original strike and the flag had been correctly raised.
Marco Asencio of Real Madrid uses his chest to control the ball while under pressure from Osasuna’s David Garcia
Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera pounces on the ball amid the oncoming run of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema was left angered after his strike was ruled out midway through the second period for offside
The near miss was the cue for Fede Valverde to prepare to come on. He replaced Asensio as Madrid pushed to break down Osasuna’s stubborn 4-1-4-1 but it was the home side who went close next with Roberto Torres clipping a half-volley just over Thibaut Courtois’ bar.
With 15 minutes left Hazard and Luka Modric was taken off and Isco and Mariano Diaz came on. Mariano managed a shot on goal with his first shot although he was a fraction offside.
Ante Budimir then had a shot blocked by Casemiro and at the other end Madrid had the ball in the back of the net again but with the flag raised once more. Benzema had been clearly offside as he squared to Sergio Ramos who scored from a yard out.
Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy whips in a cross past the oncoming Unai Garcia of Osasuna trying to block the ball
Eden Hazard heads the ball over Osasuna’s Spanish midfielder Ruben Garcia as Los Blancos searched for the game’s first goal
With their last chance Ferland Mendy blasted wild and high. Casemiro then went down in the box but the referee waved away appeals. As the snow continued to come down a 0-0 in the sub-zero Pamplona night was now inevitable.
Osasuna deserved the point for their stubborn and well-ordered defending. Madrid will just want to get home but they will have to wait until weather permits.
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