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26 August 2012
• Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
• Attendance: 15691
Joseba Llorente 17'
L. Messi 76', 80'
Full time. Well what a turnaround that was from Barcelona. They looked down and out but who else but Lionel Messi stepped up and scored a quickfire double to earn a 2-1 victory for Barcelona. A sign of champions, no? Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! I've been Martin Macdonald, see you next time!
90' + 2'
Free kick to Barcelona in their own half which takes the sting out of Osasuna'a attack. That should be just about the last action of the match.
A small break in play at the moment as Carles Puyol is down. He looked to have been just caught by the elbow of Lamah. Nothing malicious in the challenge but he'll have to go off for a minute.
Roland Lamah, who has been dangerous tonight, drives down the left flank again and attempts to cut the ball back for Nino but Pique makes a vital interception inside the box. Barca manage to clear by the skin of their teeth.
Yellow Card Manuel Ortiz Toribio
It isn't in Osasuna's make-up to give up, however. Are we in for a grandstand finish in Pamplona?
The second goal has reinvigorated Barcelona. They are now slickly moving the ball around in a much sharper fashion. Interesting that after Xavi's introduction Barca score two goals. They never really look the same without him!
What a sensational few minutes in the game! Osasuna have been fantastic but find themselves behind after a quickfire double from Barca. Around 10 minutes to go for them to save a point!
Yellow Card Carles Puyol
Assist Jordi Alba
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! They have turned it around! Jordi Alba reverses a pass to the edge of the box and Messi is there to guide the ball into the bottom left corner with a controlled strike! 2-1! Unbelievable!
Manuel Ortiz Toribio
Yellow Card Roland Lamah
Yellow Card Piqué
Amidst all the chaos, Punal has been sent off too. By the looks of it he protested to much to the referee about the Barca goal!
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOAAAAAAL for Barcelona!!! A massive scramble in the penalty area and the ball eventually finds its way to Messi who manages to slide home! 1-1! The Osasuna players are furious! They think it was offside!
Red Card Patxi Puñal
Messi goes on a trademark run through the middle and slides a pass through to Alexis, who lets the ball run to Pedro. The Spaniard can't get the ball out of his feet and Osasuna retreat back...
Tito Vilanova is sent off! Apparently the Barca coach has a little too much to say for himself. He's been ordered away from the technical area.
Osasuna hit the post! Nino robs Busquets of the ball and drives through on goal but strikes the bottom of the woodwork with his shot! Barca given a massive let-off!
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Vilanova senses the problems in midfield and introduces Xavi into the action in place of Iniesta.
First Osasuna substitution of the match now as goalscorer Joseba Llorente comes off to rapturous applause from the crowd. He'll be replaced by Nino.
Barca continue to look lacklustre in their play. They have not been able to command the possession of the ball they way they usually do. Perhaps due to the absence of Xavi?
Close from Roland Lamah! He shows lightning pace down the left and drives inside before powering a strike across goal that goes a whisker by the post! He was awarded far too much room there!
First change of the match from Tito Vilanova as Pedro comes on to replace Cesc Fabregas. An odd one that, Iniesta will likely drop into a deeper role now.
Great save from Valdes! Terrific from Osasuna again as they relentlessly hunt down Pique and Puyol in the corner of the park. Puyol panics and clears to the feet of Sisi who rifles a shot at goal but the Barca keeper palms away before snatching the ball.
A rare glimpse of Lionel Messi tonight as he twists and turns on the edge of the box and attempts to curl the ball into the far corner with a right-footed shot. It was a fairly weak strike, however, and Fernandez gathers comfortably.
One of the more remarkable characteristics of Osasuna'a play tonight has been their impeccable ability to get back in numbers whenever Barcelona have the ball. Iniesta broke forward but was instantly faced against a wall of red shirts. Terrific commitment.
Terrific tracking back from Llorente as he steals the ball from the foot of Busquets in midfield. The Barca man was rather lazy in possession there.
Yellow Card Miguel Flaño
Free kick in a dangerous area for Osasuna after Dani Alves has a little kick out at the tricky Sisi. A sign of Barcelona frustration perhaps?
One of the problems for Barca so far has been a lack of support in the final third. It seems to only be Iniesta willing to bust a gut from the midfield to get forward. Cesc and Busquets seem to be sitting deep.
Yellow Card Álvaro Cejudo
Brave save from Fernandez! Alexis finds himself in space on the right yet again and lashes a cross along the six yard box but the Osasuna goalkeeper dives out to take the ball off the foot of Iniesta!
Barcelona get us back underway! No changes to report at half time. Barca do have the likes of Xavi, David Villa, and Pedro as substitutes so not a bad bench to call upon.
Half time in Pamplona. Osasuna lead Barcelona at the break thanks to a goal from Joseba Llorente. The hosts very impressive in the opening 45 minutes, but Barca have not been anywhere near their best. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Osasuna finishing the match the stronger as Cejudo shows some endeavour down the right. Alba has had his hands full but its a really interesting duel between the two.
An interesting stat for you all: Barcelona have never won an away match against Osasuna in La Liga after conceding the first goal.
Dani Alves drives forward at pace down the right and attempts to clip a pass into the centre for Iniesta but Flano manages to head back to Fernandez, who cheekily chests the ball down for some time-wasting. A bit early for that perhaps!
Yellow Card Damià
Great save from Fernandez! Iniesta threads a pass through to Messi but the Argentine's touch round the goalkeeper was slightly heavy which allowed Fernandez to block his shot at the near post!
Yellow Card Busquets
Sharper passing from Barca now. The tempo of their play has increased slightly and Osasuna are retreating back into their own half.
It hasn't just been the poor passing of Barcelona which has been the problem. They look shaky just about every time Osasuna attack. A rarity whenever Pique and Puyol partner each other.
Desperate defending from Barcelona as Osasuna almost score again! Lamah lashes a strike at goal from a tight angle which Valdes manages to save, Llorente then has two attempts from close range but Barca block and Pique manages to scramble clear!
Barca slightly out of sorts in the opening 30 minutes. They haven't played particularly bad, but a few final passes in dangerous areas have been squandered. Not like them.
Yellow Card Sisi
Some absolutely terrific shots of the Osasuna crowd as Llorente's header went in. They nearly took the roof off El Sadar!
What a miss from Iniesta!! Alexis drives down the right just inside the box and squares the ball into the centre for the Spaniard who inexplicably balloons the ball over the bar! Sitter!
Fantastic block! Iniesta latches on to a loose ball outside the box and goes for the piledriver but his shot is heroically stopped by Arribas!
The game is getting very stretched at the moment. Dani Alves and Alba in particular have attempted to get the ball up the park but Osasuna are being very resilient.
Fair play to Osasuna at the moment, they are not giving Barca a second of possession on the ball. Which, to be honest, has left the Catalan side slightly shaken in the opening stages. How long can the hosts keep this up, though?
Assist Roland Lamah
Goal Joseba Llorente
GOOOOOAAAAAL FOR OSASUNA!!! Lamah finds space on the left-hand side and floats a teasing cross to the back post where on-loan Real Sociedad striker Joseba Llorente squeezes the ball over the line with a side-footed strike!
Osasuna seem really up for the game. The support at El Sadar are getting behind their side hugely, and the players are feeding off the atmosphere. Their pressing of the Barca players has been impressive so far.
Barcelona growing into their passing game in the past couple of minutes. Not a lot of urgency, but plenty of possession.
It's not been a rip-roaring start from the Blaugrana by any stretch. They've looked a bit lethargic in getting the ball forward and executing their quick passing game. The blistering sunlight may be having an effect. Or maybe it's just that ridiculous orange and yellow kit.
Now Barca hit back. Iniesta, who was excellent against Real Madrid midweek, slips in Alexis inside the box, but the Chilean only finds the arms of Andres.
Early opening for Osasuna! Cejudo deserves all the credit as he slithers into an inch of space and fires at Valdes, who manages to make the stop! The Barca keeper is probably thankful that it wasn't a back-pass or that might have gone down very differently.
The home side get us underway! Lets hope we are in store for a cracking match tonight!
The teams have took to the field and are lining up for the pre-match handshakes. A couple of minutes from kick-off now!
Barcelona have won six of the last eight meetings between the two sides. An ominous stat for Osasuna perhaps?
Osasuna have won just one of their last eight meetings with Barcelona in all competitions. However, this win came last season when a Dejan Lekic double handed the home side a 3-2 victory at El Sadar.
This is the first XI of Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba; Cesc, Busquets, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Tello
The teams are in and this is how Osasuna will be lining up tonight: A Fernández; Bertrán, Flaño, Arribas, Damiá; Cejudo, Puñal, Raoul, Lamah, Sisi; Llorente.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action this evening. With Real Madrid slipping up against Valencia last week, and Barcelona emphatically disposing of Real Sociedad, Tito Vilanova will be eager to get another win this evening.
Good evening folks! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division match between Osasuna and Barcelona at the Estadio El Sadar.
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