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Real Madrid v Osasuna Live Commentary, 02/05/2021

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2 - 0
RMA
OSA
Éder Militão (76)
Casemiro (80)
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye! 
Madrid stay in second with that win, but they close the gap to Atletico back to two points at the top. Their attention now turns to the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday. Osasuna stay in 11th and they'll be hoping to get back to winning ways against Athletic Bilbao next time out.
Two second-half goals seal the win for Madrid over Osasuna. Herrera made some brilliant saves in the first half to keep it goalless and it took the hosts until the 76th minute to find the breakthrough when Militao nodded Isco's corner past the keeper. Just four minutes later, Benzema made a driving run through Osasuna's half which ended with Casemiro touching it past Herrera to make it 2-0.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-0 OSASUNA.
90' + 1' Into the first of three added minutes and Madrid are still looking for a third goal. Rodrygo floats a great cross into the box for Benzema, but he gets caught on his heels and Hernandez heads it clear.
89' Isco dances away from four Osasuna players in midfield as he waits for his team-mates to make their forward runs before switching play out to Odriozola on the right. He drills a first-time cross into the box, only for Sanchez to clear it.
87' CLOSE! Jony commits himself with a tackle on the edge of the box and Isco holds onto the ball until the space opens up. He drills a low shot across goal towards the far post, but it's just inches wide of the target.
86' Madrid are keeping Osasuna penned back in their own half again now as they keep the pressure on. Arribas swings a cross into the near post, but it's cleared ahead of Benzema by Garcia.
Jony
Lucas Torró
Osasuna
84' And Osasuna are making their final change as well, with Torro going off for Jony.
Sergio Arribas
Asensio
Real Madrid
83' Final change for Madrid now and it's Asensio that's making way for Arribas.
Kike Barja
Roberto Torres
Osasuna
81' Osasuna were waiting to make the double change before Madrid's second goal, and they're getting their chance now. Barja is coming on to replace Torres.
Adrián
Rubén García
Osasuna
81' Ruben Garcia is also taken off, with Lopez on in his place.
K. Benzema
Assist
Real Madrid
80' Benzema dropped deep to pick up the ball and wasn't closed down by any of the defenders until he was in a dangerous position to set up the goal.
Casemiro
Goal
Real Madrid
80' CASEMIRO SCORES! It's all in the build-up from Benzema, who is allowed to carry the ball from the halfway line to the edge of the box without being closed down. He touches it through to Casemiro and it looks to be a bad touch from the Brazilian, but it wrongfoots Herrera and bounces into the bottom left corner. 2-0 Madrid! 
78' Osasuna are trying to close Madrid down high up the field, but the hosts are comfortably knocking the ball around in their own half and aren't in any hurry to push forward at the moment.
Isco
Assist
Real Madrid
76' Isco takes the corner this time, and he does well to pick out Militao at a crowded far post.
Éder Militão
Goal
Real Madrid
76' MADRID LEAD! It's another good corner into the box for Madrid and Militao gets to it at the far post again. This time, he manages to hold off David Garcia and thump his header past Herrera and into the back of the net. 1-0 Madrid! 
74' Rodrygo has caused Osasuna a lot of problems since he came on and he drives down the right at Sanchez again. As he cuts into the box, the left-back brings him down, but nothing comes of the free-kick for Madrid.
Isco
E. Hazard
Real Madrid
72' Another change for Madrid now, and it's Hazard that's going off for Isco.
71' Rodrygo's cross is cleared at the far post by Hernandez but he can only get it as far as Benzema on the edge of the box. He brings it down before turning to hit the shot, but he drags it well wide of the target.
69' Rodrygo cuts the ball back to Casemiro and he loops a deep cross into the far post from the right. Asensio chases it to the byline and tries to keep it in on the stretch, but it's just out of his reach.
67' CLOSE! Rodrygo stands off against Torro as he decides which pass to make before skipping past the defender and driving to the edge of the box. He drills a low shot across goal and it's just wide of the far post.
66' Gutierrez is straight into the action for Madrid as he plays a one-two with Asensio down the left to open up space for a cross. He has Benzema to aim for in the middle, but he can only pick out David Garcia.
Rodrygo
Vinícius Júnior
Real Madrid
64' And Vinicius also makes way, with Rodrygo on in his place.
Miguel Gutiérrez
Marcelo
Real Madrid
64' There's a double change for Madrid now as well, with Marcelo being taken off for Gutierrez.
D. Brašanac
Javi Martínez
Osasuna
64' Martinez is also taken off, with Brasanac on to replace him.
A. Budimir
E. Ávila
Osasuna
64' Osasuna are making a double change now and they're bringing on their top-scorer Budimir for Avila.
62' Madrid take a quick free-kick to Marcelo, but he has to keep hold of the ball as none of his team-mates are making a run into the box. He's forced to play it out wide to Vinicius, who hits his cross straight against Vidal.
60' Torres wrongfoots Marcelo to open up some space on the right before he lifts an early cross into the box for Martinez. His first touch lets him down though and Courtois comes to collect it.
58' It's patient play from Madrid as they try to open up some space in behind Osasuna, but eventually Asensio decides to have a go from distance. His shot takes a big deflection off David Garcia though and loops wide.
56' MILITAO! Asensio steps up to take the free-kick in midfield and he lifts it over the top towards the far post. Militao pulls away from his defender and hits the shot on the volley, but he fires it over the crossbar.
Oier
Yellow Card
Osasuna
55' The fourth official called the referee over to the bench after Oier's protests against the Hazard free-kick caught his attention and he's booked for dissent.
Javi Martínez
Yellow Card
Osasuna
54' Martinez steps across the back of Hazard to stop his run and is shown the first yellow card of the game.
54' CHANCE! The Madrid defenders just sit back as Moncayola pushes forward so he decides to have a go from range. He drills a low shot down the middle which Courtois spills and Nacho has to step across to clear it.
52' Avila is deep in his own half when he wins the ball back and he plays an early, hopeful pass over the top for Ruben Garcia to chase down the left. There's too much on it though and it's cleared by Odriozola.
50' Osasuna have barely been able to get a touch on the ball since the break as Madrid push forward again. Benzema has drifted out to the left to get involved, but his low cross into Hazard is cut out by Hernandez.
48' Madrid have started the second half brightly and Odriozola is finding a lot of space down the right. He's made two great runs into the final third, but he sliced a cross out of play on the first one and knocked it out with a heavy touch on the second.
46' Madrid get us back under way for the second half! 
Nacho
R. Varane
Real Madrid
46' Madrid are making a change at the start of the second half, with Nacho coming on to replace Varane.
Madrid need to start taking their chances if they want to keep Atletico in their sights at the top of the table and Zidane will want them to be much more clinical in the second half. Osasuna's problem has been their final ball into the box, but if they can improve that, they've proven they can be a threat to the hosts.
It's goalless at the break between Madrid and Osasuna. Madrid dominated the first half and created some brilliant chances to score. Hazard saw a close-range volley tipped wide by Herrera before the goalkeeper pushed Militao's header over from the resulting corner. At the other end, Avila thought he'd given Osasuna the lead just before half-time with a diving header only for the offside flag to go up.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 OSASUNA.
45' OFFSIDE! Sanchez swings a brilliant cross into the near post from the left and Avila drifts away from Militao before throwing himself forward to get his head on the ball. It nestles into the bottom corner, but he set off too early and that one won't count.
44' Madrid's final ball into the box has been letting them down in the last few minutes as Vinicius tries to poke the ball through to Benzema. He plays it just behind the Frenchman and Vidal steps across to clear his lines.
42' At home, Madrid have won their last 10 games against Osasuna in LaLiga - the last time they dropped any points against them at home in the competition was in December 2005 (1-1).
40' Madrid are still on the front foot here and Odriozola has space to run into down the right again. He loops a cross into the far post for Benzema, but he pushes the back of Hernandez when he jumps for it and ends up giving away a free-kick.
38' Blanco pulls out onto the left to get on the ball and plays a throughball into the box for Vinicius to chase. There's too much on it though and Herrera rushes off his line to collect it.
36' Casemiro lifts a lovely cross into the box and Marcelo pulls away from Vidal to keep it in play at the byline. He lays it off to Hazard, but his first touch lets him down which gives David Garcia the chance to clear his lines.
34' CHANCE! Asensio skips past Moncayola before threading a pass through to Vinicius on the left of the box. He steps away from Vidal before trying to poke his shot into the near bottom corner, but he can only pick out the side netting.
32' Herrera goes long with his goal kick and Torro holds off Blanco in the middle to flick it on. Avila peels away from Varane to reach it, but Casemiro is there to intercept it.
30' Osasuna are still on the back foot here as Madrid come again and Marcelo is starting to find a lot of joy down the left side. He floats another early cross into the box for Benzema, but this one's cleared by Hernandez.
28' Madrid are keeping the pressure on here and Osasuna can't get out of their own box. It's Odriozola that swings the cross in this time and Militao throws himself forward to get his head on it but sends it straight into the goalkeeper's gloves.
26' HERRERA AGAIN! Asensio swings a great cross into the box and he manages to pick out Militao in the middle of the box. He flicks his header on towards goal and Herrera is there again to push it over his crossbar.
25' GREAT SAVE! Marcelo swings another early cross into the box to catch out Osasuna and Hazard makes a late run to the far post. He lets it drop before hitting his shot across goal and Herrera gets fingertips to it to help it wide.
24' Madrid are straight up the other end with Odriozola driving forward down the right and he whips a cross into the middle. Hazard gets caught under it but flicks his header to Benzema. He volleys the shot first time but fires it high over the bar.
23' SAVE! Martinez slides it through for Sanchez on the left and he pulls away from Odriozola to cut into the box. He curls his shot on goal from a tight angle and Courtois has to back-pedal to claw the ball away.
22' Odriozola is bundled down on the right and Asensio steps up to take the free-kick. It's a tight angle, so he pulls it back to the edge of the box for Benzema and Torro throws himself in front of the shot to block it.
20' Osasuna are breaking quickly when they win the ball back, but their final ball into the box is letting them down. Vidal has two chances to pick out a cross, but he can't pick out a team-mate and neither can Ruben Garcia from the other side.
18' Madrid are keeping Osasuna penned back in their own half at the moment as they patiently work it upfield. The visitors aren't leaving any gaps though and they just can't find a way through.
16' CHANCE! Odriozola is allowed to carry the ball a long way down the right and picks out Vinicius, who taps it to Asensio. He sets himself for the shot before curling it towards the far top corner, but it's just too high.
14' Casemiro picks up the ball just inside his own half and gets his head up when he spots Herrera off his line. He decides to have a speculative shot and it has the keeper scrambling back to his goal, but it was always going over.
12' Marcelo spots Benzema peeling away from his defender in the middle of the box and tries to play an early cross into the Frenchman. Hernandez reads it well though and he clears the danger.
10' Osasuna work the ball out to their right again and Torres lays it off to Vidal, who is in space for a cross. He has three to aim for in the middle, but he overhits it and it's over everybody's heads.
8' Vidal cross is blocked by Varane in the box and he passes it out to Benzema. He takes a heavy first touch which Avila pounces onto and he turns before drilling a shot on goal, but it's straight at Courtois.
6' Hazard drifts away from Vidal on the left and fizzes a low cross in from the byline which Herrera pushes away. He can only get it as far as Vinicius, who slices at it but it falls for Asensio, only for his effort to be blocked by Hernandez.
4' First shot of the game comes from Madrid after Torro's attempted clearance is intercepted by Hazard. He cuts inside from the left to get into a shooting position before slicing at it and it flies well wide of the near post.
2' Madrid have seen more of the ball in the opening minutes here and Odriozola turns away from Martinez before drilling a throughball down the right. He's looking for Asensio's run, but it's overhit and Osasuna are happy to see it out of play.
1' Avila gets the game under way for Osasuna!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Madrid are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against Osasuna in LaLiga (W8 D3), since a 1-0 away loss in January 2011. They have never had a 12-game unbeaten run against them in the competition.
Jagoba Arrasate makes eight changes to his side after their loss to Celta Vigo last time out, with only Herrera, Moncayola and Ruben Garcia retaining their places from that match.
Zinedine Zidane makes four changes to the team that started against Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday. Odriozola, Blanco, Asensio and Hazard, who makes his first start since returning from injury, come in. Nacho, Modric and Kroos drop to the bench, while Dani Carvajal is out with a muscle tear.
OSASUNA SUBS: Kike Barja, Unai Garcia, Facundo Roncaglia, Juan Perez, Jonas Ramalho, Darko Brasanac, Alvaro Juan Cruz Armada, Oier Sanjurjo, Adrian Lopez, Enric Gallego, Ante Budimir, Jony.
OSASUNA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, David Garcia, Aridane Hernandez, Manuel Sanchez; Jon Moncayola, Lucas Torro, Javi Martinez; Roberto Torres, Chimy Avila, Ruben Garcia.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Miguel Gutierrez, Toni Kroos, Sergio Arribas, Nacho, Mariano, Isco, Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Diego Altube, Andriy Lunin.
REAL MADRID STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois; Alvaro Odriozola, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Antonio Blanco; Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior; Karim Benzema.
Madrid have the chance to close the gap at the top of the table back to two points after Atletico Madrid's win earlier today. They're unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions (W12 D6) but have drawn four of their previous five outings. They face an Osasuna side that have lost just one of their last seven games (W3 D3), but that defeat came last time out against Celta Vigo when they were beaten 2-1.
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