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April 26, 2014
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 68930
Cristiano Ronaldo 6', 52'
Sergio Ramos 60'
Daniel Carvajal 83'
Full time in the Spanish Capital. Real Madrid easily claim three points in the Spanish Primera Division and move three points behind Atletico Madrid in the table thanks to a comfortable 4-0 victory over weary Osasuna. Two stunning strikes from Ronaldo, as well as goals from Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal ensure the win for Los Blancos, as well as the ideal preparation for their Champions League second leg clash against Bayern Munich next week. The treble is still one! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
90' + 1'
Three minutes of added time here, which is generous to Osasuna from the referee considering we have seen a number of injuries.
It's been pretty grim all evening for Osasuna, really. They never at any point looked like getting back into this game and it looks like they've now lost Raoul Lose, Armenteros, and Arribas to injury. Hardly ideal preparation for the visit of Celta Vigo next week.
Isco pops up in his favourite central area and sprays a sensational diagonal pass out to the right-hand side for Nacho, who looks to return the favour to the former Malaga man with a cross to the back post, but Cejudo is there to head clear.
Another potential injury worry here as Arribas is currently being attended to by the physios after a collision with Morata. It was a pretty innocuous one, so not too sure what the issue is, but it looks like he's coming off. Osasuna down to 10-men.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! That's FOUR!! Isco finds himself in plenty of space 20 yards out from goal and chips a lovely pass over the defence for Carvajal who takes advantage of the high ball to lob a header over the oncoming Andres! Game well and truly over!
Ohh that looks a potentially nasty injury for Acuna as the substitute goes into an aerial challenge with Sergio Ramos only to land horribly on his shoulder. The physios have came on though and it looks like he's going to be okay.
Marcelo takes on Damia down the left-hand side and successfully gets by the right-back before bursting into the box, but then goes down far too easily looking for a penalty. The referee is having none of it, and waves play on.
It has been a pretty vibrant atmosphere in the Santiago Bernabeu all evening and the crowd definitely like the look of what they have saw tonight. Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos in particular have certainly put on a show for the home fans tonight.
We've got a weird situation here as it looks like Armenteros has went up to Gracia and asked to come off. It does look as if he's limping a little, and the Osasuna manager quickly responds by sending on Cristian Lobato in his place.
Ángel Di María
Third and final change from Carlo Ancelotti and it is a slightly defensive one as Dani Carvajal comes on to replace Angel Di Maria. Not too sure where the former Leverkusen man is going to play here; could it be slotting in in midfield?
The sign of a truly comfortable match for a home team is when the crowd starts doing a Mexican Wave. The way this game has gone tonight the Santiago Bernabeu faithful could have got up out their seats from minute one.
Damia and Armenteros link-up down the right-hand side but the promising Osasuna move is quickly halted by Xabi Alonso, who displays excellent anticipation to just intercept a pass into the central areas. Madrid now looking to counterattack.
Armenteros finds some space in a decent position in the inside right channel and dinks a cross to the back post, but a combination of Sergio Ramos and Varane clear the ball out of the box with authority. Those two have been rocks today.
Another change for the home side here as another vital player is rested for Real Madrid. Luka Modric comes off and will be replaced by Xabi Alonso, who's given a 25-minute run out in midfield.
Morata spins sharply on the edge of the box and just looks to flash the ball across goal into the bottom left corner, but he just drags his shot slightly and Andres just sees the attempt by the post.
Osasuna follow suit and make a change of their own as the ineffective Oriol Riera comes off to be replaced by Javier Acuna.
Carlo Ancelotti makes his first change of the match and it is an understandable one as Cristiano Ronaldo is withdrawn for Casemiro. With the second leg against Bayern Munich coming up this week, it's no surprise the Portuguese is given a rest for 30 minutes.
AssistÁngel Di María
GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Di Maria clips a ball into the six yard box and Sergio Ramos rises above everyone to buller a header home underneath the 'keeper! He's been desperate for that goal all day! Three-nil!
Raoul Cédric Loe
A rarity in the game here as Illarramendi gives the ball away in a dangerous position 30 yards from goal, but is saved by his team-mate, Modric, who makes up the ground to get back and win the ball back for Los Blancos.
The Cameroonian won't be able to continue, and will be replaced by Oier, who'll just be deployed in that same position just in front of the Osasuna defence.
Its about to go from bad to worse for Osasuna here as Raoul Loe looks to have picked up a hamstring injury. He pulled up right away after stretching for the ball on the edge of the box.
Osasuna may have had the perfect team talk from Gracia but their gameplan has just been completely undone by a moment of Ronaldo magic. You can't really see a miracle comeback on the horizon here.
That is 30 league goals for Ronaldo this season! Terrific!
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO!! The former Manchester United man once again cuts in from the left-hand side and drives towards goal before drilling an unstoppable strike into the top right corner! That was even better than the first! Two-nil!
MODRIC! HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! The Croatian collects possession 25 yards from goal and drills a superb strike towards the top corner. It looks destined to nestle inside the net but just drifts away at the last second and goes inches wide!
Armenteros!! That's really unlucky! Oriol gets into an advanced position down the left-hand side and whips a cross into the centre for the 28-year-old, who spins his body in midair to have a crack at goal with an overhead kick! Just wide!
We are back under way in Madrid!
Half time in Santiago Bernabeu. A solitary strike from Cristiano Ronaldo is the difference at the moment after the Portuguese smashes a stunning strike into the top corner from the left-hand side to make it 1-0 to Real Madrid versus Osasuna at the break. The visitors are not out of this by any means, but will certainly need to buck up their ideas in the second half if they are to test Diego Lopez.
One minute of added time to be played here in Madrid. Osasuna will certainly be glad of the break, as they definitely need to get back into the changing room to regroup. They've got a lot of work to do to save this.
If Morata wasn't okay before, he certainly will be now after receiving a lovely kiss to the head from Isco. Touching stuff.
A small break in play at the moment as Morata is currently down injured for Madrid after an almighty collision with Andres and Arribas. The Madrid striker just took a nasty boot to the head, but looks as if he'll be okay.
MARCELO! Great save from Andres!! The Brazilian receives a ball to feet inside the box and drills a left-footed strike towards the bottom corner, but the Osasuna goalkeeper does brilliantly to get down at his near post to turn the strike away!
Sergo Ramoooosss! Well over! Ronaldo fools everyone by pretending to smash a free kick towards goal but instead dinks a lovely cross to his captain at the back post, who balloons a volley high and wide over the bar! An inventive set-piece, but no end product!
The visitors pop the ball around nicely for four or five passes down the left-hand side but when Madrid up the tempo of their pressing they just can't seem to retain the ball. Oriol is the latest guilty party, who sends an aimless ball up the left that goes out for a throw in.
Illarramendi drops deep and looks to scoop a pass over the defence for the run of Di Maria, but the ball is just intercepted by Arribas on it's way through to goal and Osasuna win the ball back.
Just over 30 minutes gone in Santiago Bernabeu now and it's pretty much been a run-of-the-mill match for Real Madrid at the moment. They haven't been spectacular by any means, but have just been much more ruthless than Osasuna so far.
Ronaldooooo! Not too far away! The 29-year-old steps up and looks to fire a strike towards the back post much in the same way he scored the opening goal, but on this occasion, the shot flashes wide.
Ronaldo then stretches his newly-recovered legs down the left-hand side and looks to skip past Damia, but the former Barcelona La Masia graduate takes out the Portuguese with a cynical challenge. Free kick to Madrid deep down the left wing.
In the past few minutes or so the Ballon d'Or winner has just began to move much more freely, much to the delight, I'm sure, of Carlo Ancelotti and the Real Madrid fans.
Some worrying scenes for Real Madrid at the moment as Ronaldo is moving rather tentatively clutching the back of his leg. It is unclear as of yet whether it's an impact injury or a recurrence of his hamstring issue. Watch this space.
Some intricate passing in the final third involving Modric, Morata, and Isco, but it all just gets a little too tight in there and the Croatian is dispossessed by Raoul Loe, who comes in with a well-timed challenge.
Isco takes a couple of assured touches on the halfway line and looks to glide past Arribas, but the burly defender just ushers the former Malaga midfielder out of the way. Madrid want a foul, but it looked like a fair shoulder-to-shoulder challenge.
That's a bit of a nasty challenge from Oriol Riera as the Osasuna striker hacks away at the feet of Modric and eventually gives away the foul. He's quick to move away from the scene though and is lucky to escape a booking.
Madrid counterattack at tremendous pace through the middle and it is four versus three in favour of white shirts. The ball comes to Nacho on the left wing but the full-back's cross into the box is turned behind for a corner. A good chance passed up there, you feel.
Damia gets into an advanced position down the right-hand side and looks to find Riera with a cross to the front post, but Ramos is well-positioned to turn the ball out of the box. The Osasuna right-back had plenty of space down that right wing, but couldn't find a team-mate!
Cejudo finds some space 25 yards from and decides to tries his luck with a shot. He generates a decent strike, but a deflection off Sergio Ramos on the way through takes the sting out of it, which allows Diego Lopez to make the comfortable save.
There was just a tiny hint of offside about that opening goal. Ronaldo was definitely ahead of the play but then retreated slightly to receive the ball. Inconclusive!
The rain has just started streaming down in the Spanish capital and it is making for a pretty slick surface out there. You feel that this would suit the pace of Ronaldo and Di Maria on the counterattack for Madrid.
Vital touch from Varane! Riera just managed to get in front of Sergio Ramos inside the area and looked poised to smash a cross home, but the French defender just stuck out a leg to turn the ball behind for a corner!
A superb start to the match from Los Blancos. That wonder strike from Ronaldo has certainly did wonders to calm the pre-match nerves in the stands! Osasuna already on the back foot!
GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! WHAT A STRIKE FROM RONALDO!!! The Portuguese collects the ball in a harmless position on the right-hand side but swiftly cuts into the middle before dipping an incredible strike into the top right corner! Andres no chance! One-nil!
AssistÁngel Di María
Spectacular attempt from Cejudo. The Osasuna winger meets a corner kick at the edge of the box and looks to find the top corner with an ambitious bicycle, but his attempt ends up going a yard wide. Decent strike, though!
Varaaaaane! Unlucky! Modric clips the first corner kick of the match to the back post and the young Frenchman rises high to meet the ball, but just can't get an effective execution on his header and sends his attempt wide.
An impeccably observed minute silence before the match from the Madrid fans. The death of Tito will be sure bring the whole football family together, but for the moment it is back to league duties for Real Madrid and Osasuna. Let's hope we have a good match this evening.
We are under way in Madrid!
Before the match the Santiago Bernabeu will hold a minute silence in memory of Tito Vilanova, who passed away yesterday.
Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas come out pre-match holding up the recently won Copa del Rey title, much to the delight of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd!
The clash in the Copa del Rey in January may have went Madrid's way, but it was a much different story in the reverse league fixture earlier in the season. Ancelotti's outfit had to come back from behind twice just to earn a 2-2 draw at El Sadar.
Javi Gracia's Osasuna are unbeaten in four matches, but have not recorded a victory in nine matches. They are in desperate need for points on the board as they continue to battle the drop.
The previous match between the Spanish outfits came in January, when Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria were on target in a comfortable 2-0 away victory for Real Madrid at El Sadar.
Gareth Bale, meanwhile, continues to struggle with fitness after recovering from flu.
Carlo Ancelotti with possibly just an eye on the Bayern Munich return leg with his team selection tonight. Alvaro Morata, Asier Illarramendi, Raphael Varane, Nacho Rodriguez and Marcelo are all given a start tonight. Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Pepe, Dani Carvajal, and Fabio Coentrao are all given a rest.
Osasuna (4-2-3-1): Andres; Damia, Flano, Arribas, Joan Oriol; Cejudo, Raoul Loe; Punal, Armenteros, De las Cuevas; Oriol Riera.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Diego Lopez; Nacho, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Modric, Isco; Di Maria, Ronaldo, Morata.
Osasuna are perilously close to the relegation zone, with just a three point gap between themselves and Getafe in 18th.
Los Blancos need a victory tonight to go three points behind first-placed Atletico Madrid, who face Valencia tomorrow.
Real Madrid are coming off two potentially season- defining victories over Barcelona on the Copa del Rey and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but they return to league duty tonight as they look to maintain their assault towards the championship.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action in this La Liga match.
Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the family and friends of former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova, who tragically passed away yesterday at the age of 45. Rest in peace, Tito.
Good evening folks, welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Real Madrid and Osasuna from Santiago Bernabeu.
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