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June 1, 2013
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
• Attendance: 55000
G. Higuaín 35'
M. Essien 38'
K. Benzema 69'
José Callejón 87'
Roberto Torres 52'
That's all from me for this afternoon guys and girls. I hope you enjoyed the game and my ramblings. Bye bye to you all. And bye bye to Mourinho too.
FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 4-2 OSASUNA Jose Mourinho's reign at the Bernabeu ended with victory, as los Blancos saw off the challenge of Osasuna to make it 11 straight league wins at home. Gonzalo Higuain and Michael Essien gave Madrid a two-goal lead at the interval, before Osasuna drew level through efforts from Roberto Torres and Alvaro Cejudo. The score was not 2-2 for long though, as Karim Benzema scored a great goal to restore Madrid's lead in the 69th minute, before Jose Callejon added a fourth late on.
90' + 3'
THERE IS THE FINAL WHISTLE! MOURINHO'S LAST GAME AT MADRID ENDS IN A 4-2 WIN!
90' + 2'
CALLEJON SHOULD SCORE AGAIN! The Spaniard drags a shot wide after the ball ran to him inside the Osasuna box following positive play from Higuain on the left.
90' + 1'
Mourinho has barely ventured from his bench during the game, and he remains there as we move into added time. Will he nip down the tunnel before the final whistle like he usually does? Or will he stay to bid Madrid's fans farewell?
The fourth official signals for two minutes of added time at the Bernabeu.
STAT: Real have won 274 points in La Liga during Mourinho's spell, 10 fewer than Barcelona in this period.
BRILLIANT COUNTER FROM MADRID!! CALLEJON MAKES IT 4-2! Los Blancos clear the Osasuna corner and immediately turn defence into attack through Higuain. The Argentine sprints down the left before switching the play to Benzema on the right. The Frenchman sensed Callejon overlapping on his right and casually rolled the ball into his path. Callejon took one touch to move the ball out of his feet before firing a low shot into the bottom left corner with his right foot.
Llorente's first involvement is to nod a cross from Oier behind for an Osasuna corner.
The final substitution of Mourinho's Madrid reign will be Diego Llorente. The 19-year-old centre-back replaces Arbeloa for the last few minutes here.
Osasuna are still trying to push forward in search of an equaliser at the Bernabeu, with just six minutes of normal time remaining.
STAT: Higuain has scored four goals in his last three appearances against Osasuna.
Ozil is given a standing ovation by the Bernabeu crowd as he is replaced by the 20-year-old midfielder Omar.
BENZEMA CURLS AN EFFORT WIDE! The France international comes within inches of scoring his second of the game as he whips a shot just wide of the left-hand post from 20 yards.
Ozil sends an enticing cross into the Osasuna box from the left touchline, but Ruben is there to deflect the ball over his own crossbar under pressure from Benzema. That was a vital touch from the Osasuna defender.
Maikel Mesa Piñero
Maikel Mesa Piñero
Osasuna are preparing to make a third and final change. Their Chilean midfielder Silva is being replaced by Maikel Mesa.
4-2.... AH NO, THE FLAG IS UP!! Madrid think they have restored their two-goal lead but the referee pulls play back for offside after the linesman judged Callejon to be in an offside position when he received a pass from Benzema in the build-up.
Ricardo comes on to replace Riesgo in goal for Osasuna, to make his final career appearance. Not a bad place to do it I suppose!
MODRIC FLICKS A SHOT JUST WIDE! The Croatian midfielder glides past the challenge of Oier on his way into the Osasuna box, but when one-on-one with Riesgo the former Spurs man curled his shot just wide of the far post.
The visitors are peppering Jesus' goal with long-range shots as they sense a weakness in that area. The 24-year-old has done well in the past few minutes though, making decent saves from Cejudo and Armenteros.
Osasuna have a chance to put pressure on the young Madrid goalkeeper Jesus with a free kick from 35 yards. Cejudo fires the set piece goalwards but is dealt with well by Jesus, as he dives to his right to gather the ball.
GREAT STRIKE FROM BENZEMA!! That is a top quality goal from the Frenchman! Madrid retake the lead after Ozil slips a pass to Benzema on the edge of the box and he pushes the ball one side of Ruben, regains it on the other, and then smashes a first-time shot past Riesgo.
Ozil and Higuain try and play their way into the Osasuna box, but their path to goal is blocked by a well-timed block from Nano.
Morata is warming up on the sidelines as Mourinho looks set to make his second Madrid change.
STAT: Los Blancos have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine matches in all competitions.
OSASUNA HAVE EQUALISED!! The visitors have drawn level after being 2-0 down at the break. David Timor did brilliantly to drive down the left and swing a cross to Cejudo, and his header was well-placed into the top left corner away from despairing dive of Jesus.
Armenteros' whipped effort is punched away clumsily by Jesus.
Arbeloa clips the heels of Armenteros and Osasuna are awarded a free kick 25 yards from Madrid's goal. Can the visitors equalise here?
Again the Madrid ultras chant Mourinho's name, but again their voices are drowned out by the rest of the Bernabeu crowd.
Osasuna waste the free kick after playing it short, as Madrid are able to clear the ball away.
That was right on the line. It could have been a penalty for the visitors!
Essien dispossesses Silva with an aggressive barge that results in one of Silva's boots going missing. The referee weighs up what he has just seen and eventually plumps for a free kick to Osasuna, right on the edge of the Madrid box.
GREAT STOP FROM RIESGO! The Osasuna shotstopper dives to his left to keep out Callejon's firm low strike after the Madrid attacker had ghosted through the away side's defence.
Madrid are winning this game without playing at all well. Osasuna have been arguably the better side, yet they trail 2-1.
Oier picks Armenteros out with a perfect cross from the right, but the Osasuna attacker's headed effort is just off target, as it flies a yard over Jesus' crossbar.
Arbeloa drives a shot into the chest of RIesgo! The right-back gets forward for Madrid and plays a one-two with Ozil, before hitting a rising effort that flew into the stomach of Osasuna's goalkeeper.
TORRES PULLS ONE BACK FOR OSASUNA!! The midfielder cuts in from the left-hand side and lashes a low shot past Jesus and into the bottom right corner after evading a tackle from Arbeloa. Game on?
OH YER! Oier dispossesses Nacho with a crunching tackle in Osasuna's right-back postiion. That brought the youngster's run to a very abrupt end!
RUBEN BLOCKS A SHOT FROM HIGUAIN! The Juventus target smashes a strike at goal that is stopped bravely on its route by the chest/groin of Ruben. Rather him than me.
RIESGO SAVES FROM OZIL!! The Germany international curls a shot towards the bottom corner after being played in by Benzema, but his effort was too close to Riesgo, and the Osasuna goalkeeper gathered the ball in his arms.
Is anyone else a bit sad that we've only got 43 minutes plus stoppage time of Mourinho at Madrid left? It's been a fun old journey with the Portuguese coach in charge at the Bernabeu.
Ángel Di María
The second half is underway here in Madrid. Both sides make one change at the break. Nacho replaces Di Maria for the home side, while Manu Omwu comes on for Llorente for Osasuna.
STAT: Madrid have scored over 100 goals in La Liga for the last three consecutive campaigns. Mourinho is the first coach to oversee such an achievement.
What have you lot made of that opening half? We haven't seen much from Mr Mourinho, although it was nice to witness Essien sprint over to celebrate with his coach after he made it 2-0 shortly before the interval. What do you think the final score will be? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter at @charliefscott.
HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-0 OSASUNA Los Blancos lead by two at the break, thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Michael Essien. Osasuna had the looked the better side before Higuain's well-taken opener, but they soon fell apart after that, as Essien added a second for the hosts from a corner just minutes later in the 38th minute.
45' + 2'
The referee blows his whistle to mark the end of the half. And Mourinho has already scampered down the tunnel before his team leave the pitch.
45' + 1'
Higuain needs to calm down a bit here. He's just had a little spat with Garcia now, after that previous altercation with Ruben.
Higuain is booked after raising his hands to Ruben! That all seemed a bit unnecessary from the Argentine attacker.
Yellow CardUnai Lugea
Yellow CardGonzalo Higuaín
Cejudo floats the set piece towards the back post, where a combination of Arbeloa and Carvalho eventually manage to hack the ball away.
Osasuna have a chance to reduce the deficit before the break as Cejudo is fouled by Carvalho 35 yards from Jesus' goal.
STAT: Madrid have scored at least two goals in their last 17 home matches in La Liga.
Madrid are starting to enjoy themselves here after scoring twice in quick succession. Ozil has just scooped a delicious pass over the Osasuna defence that very nearly found Higuain.
ESSIEN ADDS A SECOND GOAL FOR MADRID!! The Ghanaian midfielder nods the ball past Riesgo from an Ozil corner to make it 2-0 to the hosts, and immediately sprints across to the Madrid bench to embrace his mentor Mourinho. Nice touch from the on-loan midfielder.
Benzema appears to have picked up a knock after clashing with Silva in midfield. Alvaro Morata is told to warm up by Mourinho after the coach sees the Frenchman struggling.
AssistÁngel Di María
GOALLL!!! HIGUAIN MAKES IT 1-0 TO MADRID! Their captain for the day opens the scoring with a neat finish past Riesgo after latching on to a wonderful flick from his Argentine counterpart Di Maria. Great goal from Madrid!
JESUS RESCUES MADRID!! The Blancos goalkeeper sprints from his line to close the angle as Llorente raced through on goal. The Osasuna striker got his shot away but Jesus was able to deflect the ball away thanks to his great positioning.
DI MARIA'S SHOT IS BLOCKED!! Madrid move the ball well on the edge of the Osasuna box, and it eventually falls to Di Maria in space but his effort with his left foot is blocked away to safety by a sea of Osasuna defenders.
A corner from Modric is cleared only as far as Raul Albiol by Nano, but the former Valencia man makes a mess of his cross back into the box as it bounces out for an Osasuna goal kick.
Oier loses the ball to Higuain on the right, and the Argentine forward pushes past Nano and whips a cross towards Benzema that is stolen off his head by the alert Riesgo.
INTERESTING PASSING STAT... Osasuna have completed more passes than Madrid so far in this first half. 121 to los Merengues' 117.
OOO THAT IS SUMPTUOUS FROM OZIL!! The German schemer flicks a divine pass towards Benzema with the outside of his left boot, but the Frenchman cannot quite take the ball in his path and it runs through to Riesgo.
The Madrid Ultras are chanting Jose Mourinho's name, but their words are being drowned out by the resounding sound of boos from other Madrid fans in the ground. Poor Jose.
Callejon tweeted a complimentary message about Mourinho before this game, with a couple of pictures of the two from the past three years. I wonder if he still feels the same having been shifted out to right-back this afternoon!
Torres and Callejon renew their battle on the left, and it is the Osasuna man that emerges triumphant on this occasion as he wins a throw-in for his side in a promising position.
CEJUDO FLASHES A SHOT WIDE!! The Osasuna midfielder slams a shot a couple of yards off target from 15 yards after being teed up delightfully by a chested pass from Llorente. He should have done better there! That was a glorious chance to test Jesus.
Ozil pokes the ball forward to Benzema on the left, and he tries to play in Higuain inside the Osasuna box only for Ruben to nip in and clear the ball away. That was a decent move from los Blancos. More of the same, por favor.
So who do you lot think will replace Mourinho at Madrid this summer? And which players would you like to see them sign? (Don't say Bale, please) Send your thoughts to @charliefscott.
Some neat footwork from Callejon allows him to draw a foul from Torres in Madrid's right-back position. Los Blancos are correctly awarded a free kick.
Nano swings a cross into the Madrid box, but it's a rubbish pass, and is some way from finding his team-mate Llorente.
JESUS SAVES!! The Madrid goalkeeper dives to his left to tip Joseba Llorente's header round his left-hand post after the Osasuna striker met Emiliano Armenteros' cross from the left. That was a smart stop from Madrid's fourth-choice goalkeeper. Mourinho might argue that Casillas is fourth-choice but I'm putting my foot down.
Jesus races from the Madrid goal to steal the ball from Alvaro Cejudo as Osasuna break on the right. He's always there for you, Jesus. What a man.
STAT: Osasuna’s last away win over Madrid came in April 2004.
Mourinho is having a bit of fun with his last Madrid line-up. Callejon, an attacking midfielder, is at right-back for los Merengues...
A hopeful punt forward to Higuain is gathered by the Osasuna goalkeeper Asier Riesgo. The Argentine forward was not far away from getting on the end of that high pass from Ricardo Carvalho.
Jose Callejon does his best to answer my plea as he bursts into the Osasuna box on the right, but after holding the ball up well his pass towards Higuain is off target, and is intercepted by the former Madrid academy player Ruben.
COME ON FOOTBALL!! It's been a limp opening eight minutes from both two sides here.
STAT: Madrid are on a 10-match winning run at home in La Liga.
Osasuna win the first corner of the game after decent build-up play down the left-hand side from Nano and Robert Torres.
That set piece is dealt with well by the Osasuna defence though, as Ruben heads the ball away under pressure from Benzema.
Madrid win a free kick over on the left after Di Maria is felled by Oier.
I must say it's a bit of a mixed bag in terms of a response from the crowd to Jose so far. There have been cheers, but also a fair amount of boos and whistles too.
As Mourinho steps out into his technical area for the first time photographers clamour to get a snap of the departing coach. They now appear to be being shepherded away from the dugouts!
We are finally underway here at the Bernabeu...
There has been a slight delay to kick-off here, as Cristiano Ronaldo is handed a plaque of some kind. Moments after that Mourinho quietly made his way to the Madrid bench. Minimum fuss. For once.
Gonzalo Higuain captains Madrid today, despite being heavily linked with a transfer away from the club this summer. Juventus are said to be at the front of the queue for his signature.
The teams are in the tunnel at the Bernabeu ahead of kick-off. Will Mourinho bow out on a high with a win today? Send me your predictions to @charliefscott.
Osasuna, who guaranteed their Liga safety last weekend, are without Damia who is suspended, and have a lengthy injury list that includes Lolo, Miguel Flano, Sisi, Anthony Annan and Nino.
An academy player, Jesus, starts in goal, while Michael Essien is named at left-back. Elsewhere, Mourinho names a very attacking front six, as both Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema start in attack. The only central midfielder in the team is Luka Modric, so Madrid could even play 4-1-4-1.
Madrid are at far from full strength for their final Liga game of the campaign, as Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao all miss out because of injury. Sami Khedira is another absentee for los Blancos, as he serves a suspension.
OSASUNA (4-2-3-1): Riesgo; Oier, Ruben, Unai, Nano; Silva, Timor; Cejudo, Torres, Armenteros; Llorente
REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1): Jesus; Arbeloa, Carvalho, Albiol, Essien; Modric, Callejon; Benzema, Ozil, Di Maria; Higuain
Anyhow, without further ado, here are the two starting XIs...
My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be guiding you through today's game as it unfolds over in Madrid. Feel free to get in touch with me at any point this afternoon, by tweeting to @charliefscott, or by posting in the comments box to the right of my ramblings.
The club and coach have agreed to his departure in the coming weeks, with Stamford Bridge his expected destination.
It's not all been doom and gloom for old Jose though. In his first season at Madrid they won the Copa del Rey, and last year they posted a record high 100 points in La Liga, to wrestle the league title from Barcelona. Despite those successes the club have been disappointing this season, and will end the campaign trophyless.
The Portuguese coach has burnt some bridges this season, not least with club captain and Madrid martyr Iker Casillas. The Spain international does not even make the bench today, as the pair's rocky relationship – and Mourinho's reign at the Bernabeu – comes to an end.
Good afternoon ladies and gents and welcome to Goal's coverage of Jose Mourinho's final game in charge of Real Madrid, as they take on Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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