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February 11, 2012
• Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
• Attendance: 18000
D. Lekić 4', 22'
Raúl García 56'
A. Sánchez 51'
FULL TIME!! Osasuna defeat Barcelona 3-2 in the league! Real Madrid now have the opportunity to go TEN points clear of Pep Guardiola's side of they pick up a win tomorrow evening! The league is sliding away from the Catalans! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
90' + 2'
Osasuna continue to defend bravely. A Barca corner kick came in and there were four players who jumped up to attempt to clear the ball for their side.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardJavier Mascherano
Five minutes of stoppage time added! The locals are not happy about that! To be truthful though, even a draw would be a disappointment for Barcelona.
The ball comes to Cuenca again and attempts to take on Raitala. He chips a ball into the box but it is successfully cleared again. Two minutes Osasuna have to hold on.
Ibrahima bulldozes his way through Alves and Mascherano and drives through on goal before dinking a ball on to the bar!! Ohhhh lucky for Barcelona that the referee brings the ball back for a free kick after a foul on the Argentine.
Yellow CardVíctor Valdés
That could be a massive moment in this season's title race. Video replays are still relatively inconclusive but Barca were adamant the goal was onside. Incredible last ten minutes in Pamplona.
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! WAIT NO!! Messi clips a cross to the back post for Alexis who blasts home but it is given as offside!!! As the cross came in the Chilean is 100% onside! It MAY have touched Sergi Roberto on the way through!
Great save from Fernandez!! Tello cuts inside from the right and attempts to curl the ball into the far post but the Osasuna goalkeeper stretches and turns the ball round the post!
Manuel Ortiz Toribio
Off the woodwork from Punal!!! The Osasuna midfielder with a brilliant effort from the edge of the box that crashes off the left post! Valdes was beaten!
Osasuna withstand the barrage for the moment and counterattack at pace down the left through Raul Garcia! The on-loan Atletico man drove a cross along the six yard box but there were no takers!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! Cristian Tello creates a goal for himself! The substitute cuts in from the right and drives forward before lashing a shot into the top right corner with his left foot! Really good goal!
Barcelona have dominated possession in this match like they do in every other. The trouble is this time is lack of chances being created.
Yellow CardPatxi Puñal
A couple of changes now as Lekic is replaced by Ibrahima Balde for Osasuna and Cesc replaces Pique for Barcelona.
Osasuna are taking no chances at the moment. They are only making one or two passes to one another before choosing to clear their lines.
Barcelona have Osasuna camped in their own box at the moment. If they can grab another goal the final quarter of the game will get very nervy for the home support.
Tello finds some space on the left and attempts to whip the ball into the top right corner but Andres Fernandez makes a good saves and outs the ball out for a Barcelona corner kick.
Cuenca drives down the right and reverses a pass to the edge of the box where Sergi Roberto attempts to lash a shot at goal but Punal is there to make a terrific block.
Yellow CardRaúl García
The momentum of Barca's comeback seems to have waned. They look down heartened and frustrated again, much like the first half. Still a lot of football to be played, though.
Just as Barca were on the ascendancy the hosts battle back and grab another goal. They really have been excellent tonight.
Yellow CardDaniel Alves
The linesmen may come under some scrutiny after the match. Alexis Sanchez looked to be onside when through on goal in the first half but and there was a hint of offside about Lekic's second.
GOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR OSASUNA!!! They restore their two goal lead!! The hosts pressure Barcelona back and win the ball back before Nino passes back inside for Raul Garcia, who neatly passed the ball in off the post!
Barca look a different team in the second half. It looks like they are adopting a 4-4-2 formation now with Messi and Alexis up front. Ofcourse in a Barcelona team the attacking positions are interchangeable.
GOOOOOOOAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! They have exploded out of the blocks at half time! Isaac Cuenca whips a cross into the box from the byline and Alexis Sanchez is their to tap home from just outside the six yard box!
A couple of half-time substitutions to report. Carles Puyol and Pedro have been replaced by Cristiano Tello and Isaac Cuenca. Pep Guardiola wasting no time in re-shaping his team.
Cejudo breaks through on goal but just as the crowd jump out of their seats in anticipation the linesman puts his flag up for offside. It was tight, though.
Welcome back to the game as the second half kicks off in Pamplona. Barcelona have a lot of work to do to save this game. Under Guardiola's tenure as manager, Barca have never been two goals down at half time in the league.
Half time in Pamplona. A surprising two goal lead for Osasuna against Barcelona as we enter the break. The hosts lead, and deservedly so! Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Osasuna looking relatively comfortable at the moment. No real golden opportunities for Barca to score so far.
As I mentioned at the start of the game, Barca have scored 14 goals in the past three meetings against Osasuna. But they will have to make it 16 goals in four if they are to get anything out of this match.
Osasuna close to getting through on the Barca goal again. Nino attempted to exchange a one-two with Lekic that would have saw him through on goal but the Serbian's return pass was overhit and goes out for a throw in.
Barca being very patient in their build up play. Passing is becoming easier but it is at a slow pace which is allowing Osasuna to compose themselves in defence.
Yellow CardAlexis Sánchez
Messi drives forward at pace and attempts to thread a pass through to Alexis but it is intercepted. Barca are getting a bit closer to creating some more chances.
The midfield trio of Barca have really struggled so far. This surface is is just so difficult for them to pass the ball around neatly. They will need to buck up their ideas, though.
Barca looking fragile at the back. Osasuna are pressuring them into making some mistakes. Gerard Pique is getting a rollicking from his goalkeeper for failing to clear the ball from danger.
Barcelona finding it very tough to break through the Osasuna defensive unit. Nekounam and Punal are providing a solid shield for their back-line at the moment.
Messi should have scored! The Argentine and Alexis Sanchez exchange a one-two inside the box but the resulting shot from Messi was stabbed straight into the hands of Fernandez!
Well you can't say that Osasuna have not deserved this. They look incredibly up for the match and Barcelona have only came close to scoring through Messi's shot from the edge of the box that was tipped over the bar.
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR OSASUNA!!! Lekic scores again!! Cejudo finds himself in acres of space down the right and whips in a fantastic cross to the edge of the six yard box where Lekic taps home! 2-0 Osasuna!!
Osasuna look dangerous on the counterattack here. Actually look the more likely team to score.
Not a pretty match so far. Osasuna are not attempting to pass the ball around midfield either, but Lekic has done superb so far to hold up long balls into the final third.
Yellow CardSergi Roberto
Sergi Roberto earns a silly booking after lunging in on Nino after the Osasuna man turned sharply inside his own half. The young midfielder must be cautious for the rest of the match.
The frozen pitch is making it extremely difficult for Barcelona to get the ball down and play their incisive passing game. Will they need a plan B if they are to claim all three points here?
Barcelona starting to find there feet now. Messi some space inside the Osasuna box and clipped a cross to the back post for Pedro but it was just overhit slightly and Osasuna claim the goal kick.
HUUYYYYY!! Lionel Messi whips a dipping shot at goal from the right-hand side but Fernandez manages to stumble back and just tip the ball over the bar!
Wonderful pass through the defence from Thiago to Alexis and the Chilean ran through and blasted the ball in the net but the whistle had been blown for offside a few moments before.
An incredible start to the match, and Osasuna agruably deserve the lead! They have adapted to the conditions excellently so far. Barca haven't got the ball down on the floor enough.
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR OSASUNA!!! Raul Garcia receives the ball on the edge of the box and coolly flicks the ball around the defender to Lekic and the big Serbian drove forward and confidently swept the ball past Valdes!
It is a very chilly evening tonight in Pamplona, with temperatures expected to go down as much as minus seven. Will the tough atmosphere favour the hosts or Barcelona?
Barcelona kick us off! In their last three meetings against Osasuna, they have scored 14 times so expect the Catalans to create a host of chances this evening!
This is the starting XI of Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Mascherano, Thiago, Sergi Roberto; Alexis Sanchez, Messi, Pedro.
The teams are in and this is how Osasuna will be lining up tonight: Fernandez; Bertran, Sergio, Flano, Raitala; Nekounam, Punal, Cejudo, Raul Garcia; Lekic, Nino.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the game this evening. You can follow myself and Goal.com International on Twitter at @MartinMac1 and goal_intl so feel free to post your thoughts, feelings, and predictions on the match!
Hello, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division Encounter between Osasuna and Barcelona.
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