fought. The ‘Whites’ defeated Osasuna 2-0 on LaLiga matchday 22 and didn’t miss out on Spain’s tournament leaders Barcelona, who meet Cádiz tonight.
Real Madrid endured an ordeal to complete a 2-0 win over Osasuna that keeps them top of the league. In the 78 minutes in which it remained a draw and goalless, Carlo Ancelotti’s leaders suffered more than once from the offensive of the “Rojillos”, who, with the support of their fans, challenged Thibaut Courtois.
However, the Champions League champions capitalized on his chance through Federico Valverde receiving a pass from him Vinicius into the heart of the area and started to break that persistent 0-0.
With the confidence of the goal, Real Madrid showed a different face towards the end. At 92′ Marco Asensio appeared and with a left footed shot sealed three crucial points that put the white team five points behind Barcelona, the leaders of the Spanish competition.
“It was even a full match contested by both teams. We’re very happy because the team played well, they suffered when they had to suffer, they looked for the right moment to score a goal. We’re very happy,” he said. Ancelotti at the post-game press conference.
The Meringues will keep an eye on tonight’s game (3:00 p.m.) in between Barcelona and Cadizwith hopes the Catalans suffer a setback that will set them back in the Spanish title battle.
Real Madrid just need to win all the remaining games in the final stages of the league season to clinch the two-time Spanish champions. Also, the capital-based line-up will sit out the local tournament as they face Liverpool in the first leg of the round of 16 this Tuesday UEFA Champions League.
I knew that…
Intact. Real Madrid have gone 18 consecutive unbeaten matches against Osasuna in Spanish competition and 9 consecutive matches unbeaten against visiting team “Rojillo”. Both are unprecedented streaks.