Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
March 31, 2012 7:00 PM BST
Estadio El Sadar — Pamplona (Iruñea)
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 19600‎
 
49′ Nino
 
C. Ronaldo 37′
 
 
C. Ronaldo 70′
 
Top of the Match
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Roland Lamah
Roland Lamah
Osasuna
Roland Lamah
Roland Lamah
Osasuna

Osasuna 1-5 Real Madrid: Ronaldo & Higuain at the double & Benzema hits stunner as Mourinho's men make a statement in La Liga

Los Blancos reached the 100-goal mark in the league this season as they shifted the pressure back on to Barca in the battle for La Liga with a comprehensive victory in Pamplona

By Daniel Quinton-Navarro

Real Madrid remain six points clear of title rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga after a comfortable 5-1 victory over Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra on Saturday.

Karim Benzema netted the first of the night with a stupendous volley before Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain extended Madrid's lead before the break. Osasuna clawed a goal back early in the second half through Nino, but it was in vain as Ronaldo and then Higuain completed the rout, ending the Navarrans' six-game unbeaten streak.

Benzema fired Los Blancos ahead with a truly remarkable strike, connecting with Ronaldo's deep cross. The ball hung in the air, allowing the Frenchman to set himself up before showing perfect technique as he unleashed an unstoppable volley into the opposite corner from a tight angle.

In pursuit of a second, Madrid counterattacked at pace ending in Ronaldo's dipping effort narrowly missing the target. The visitors had manufactured the chance after the referee had let play continue following Esteban Granero's crunching tackle, a challenge that Mendilibar contested, resulting in the Osasuna coach being sent to the stands.

As the quality of play subsided, the Navarrans drew a number of fouls, one of which saw Sergio Ramos harshly cautioned, ruling the defender out of Valencia's visit to the Bernabeu next weekend.

Ronaldo then explosively put his side two up as he netted his first-ever goal at the Reyno de Navarra. Picking the ball up all of 40 yards from goal, the Portuguese international took one look before rifling a stunning effort into the top corner.

Mourinho's side found a third not long after when Xabi Alonso's precise pass found Higuain. The Argentine international, clean through, provided a cutely clipped finish over Andres Fernandez to net his 100th Madrid goal five minutes before the break.

Dejan Lekic was introduced for the second half as Osasuna looked to reduce the three-goal deficit, which they did after just two minutes. Roversio won the ball deep in Madrid territory before crossing toward the far post where Nino was on hand to send a bullet header past Casillas.

Higuain would have re-established Madrid's three-goal cushion after rounding Fernandez, but for a moment of pure comedic value. Ronaldo collided with the Argentine as both men looked to provide the finishing touch, but instead they watched in despair as the ball trickled behind for a goal kick.

Osasuna remained in the ascendancy as the half progressed but Madrid always threatened on the break, and Los Blancos were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after a fluent counter. Ronaldo stepped up and drilled in a low strike that took a deflection to wrong-foot Fernandez as he registered his 37th Liga goal this season.

The Portuguese then turned provider with beautiful footwork on the wing, as Madrid put the game to bed. The former Manchester United man danced past his marker before presenting Higuain with the easiest of headers to double his goal tally for the evening.

As the game drew to a close Roland Lamah was shown two consecutive yellow cards as Osasuna finished the match with 10 men.

Madrid's five strikes on the night saw them reach the 100-goal mark in La Liga this season, now just seven shy of their club record. Mourinho's side return to Champions League action in midweek against APOEL, whilst Osasuna face Rayo Vallecano next weekend.



Osasuna

13
Andrés Fernández
Goalkeeper
70′
3.00
4
Miguel Flaño
Defender
2.50
-
Roversio
Defender
49′ 81′
2.00
-
Sergio
Defender
4′
2.50
24
Damià
Defender
2.00
6
Javad Nekounam
Midfielder
3.00
10
Patxi Puñal
Midfielder
2.50
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
3.00
16
Álvaro Cejudo
Midfielder
66′
2.00
23
Raoul Cédric Loe
Midfielder
46′
2.00
7
Nino
Striker
49′
3.50

Real Madrid CF

3.00
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
3.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.50
33
4.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
81′
3.50
25
3.50
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
37′
5.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
7′ 37′ 70′ 77′
4.50
9
4.50
9

Substitutes

1
Asier Riesgo
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
0.00
-
Ion Echaide
Defender
81′
3.00
22
0.00
33
Timor
Midfielder
0.00
-
3.00
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
66′ 90′ 90′
2.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
3.00
2
0.00
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
0.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
0.00
4
3.00
22

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0