Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium was the place where Osasuna visited Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. We have tonight’s player ratings.
In order to keep the fight for La Liga going, Real Madrid needed a victory against Osasuna this evening. Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium opened its doors for a new crucial match right before the trip to Stamford Bridge. A victory would give Zinedine Zidane and his players the confidence they need for that other crucial match. Today, the French manager decided to give Eden Hazard his first start in a long time as he feels recovered from his injury problems.
Although he didn’t score or assist, there was a general good feeling with his overall performance. On the downside, Varane had to get out of the game at halftime due to a muscular injury that jeopardizes his chance to play against Chelsea. But Eder Militao is more than ready to line up next to Sergio Ramos for this crucial match during midweek. We couldn’t see goals until the second half in a game where ‘Zizou’ also decided to save Modric and Kroos for Stamford Bridge.
Militao and Casemiro FTW!
Zidane made the smart decision to save his two top midfielders for next week while trusting other players like Asensio, Isco, or young Blanco. Until the last 15 minutes of the match, it seemed he might need to use at least one of the two veterans. But Eder Militao appeared during a corner kick with a potent header to take the lead.
Not long after that, Casemiro scored a goal out of pure chance after a brilliant solo display from Karim Benzema. With this result, Los Blancos reach 74 points and put pressure on Barcelona’s game in Valencia tomorrow. If the Catalan club doesn’t win, they will pretty much lose their chances of winning the title this season. Real Madrid won’t give up on their chance to get the double this season. Can they make it happen?
Real Madrid: Courtois (7), Marcelo (7), Varane (4), Militao (8), Odriozola (6), Blanco (7), Casemiro (8), Asensio (6), Hazard (6), Vinicius (5), Benzema (7).
Bench: Nacho (7), Rodrygo (7), Gutierrez (6), Isco (7), Arribas (5).
Osasuna: Herrera (5), Ariadne (6), Garcia (5), Vidal (5), Sanchez (6), Torres (5), Torro (6), Garcia (5), Martinez (6), Moncayola (5), Avila (5).
Bench: Brasanac (5), Budimir (5), Barja (5), Adrian (5).
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