Real Madrid looked like a team missing three key starters as they struggled their way to a draw with Osasuna
Osasuna might actually be disappointed to only get a point from their match against Real Madrid today...seriously. They were the better side for most of the day and played with a man advantage for the final 15 minutes. Sadly though, well depending on your perspective, they couldn't score but neither could Madrid and the match finished a scoreless draw.
Jose Mourinho was forced to juggle some components in his lineup with several key starters missing due to injury or suspension. Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for the match, along with defender Sergio Ramos, who is serving a five-match suspension. Pepe was also unavailable, as he's still recovering from an injury. He also chose to start the match with Mesut Özil and Karim Benzima on the bench, choosing to start Luka Modric and José Callejón instead.
Without those players, Madrid struggled looking shaky defensively and not particularly potent on the attack.
Osasuna's best chance to grab a goal in the first half came in the 26th minute when the ball was poorly dealt with by a Madrid player in the box, falling right to the feet of Álvaro Cejudo. The midfielder took a quick shot but it was off target, going wide of the post, but still close enough to worry Iker Casillas.
Madrid got two good chances late in the half on headers from close range. Both José Callejón and Raphael Varane got their heads on crosses but neither could direct their chances on target. Certainly some nervy moments for Osasuna keeper Andrés Fernández but not particularly dangerous.
Los Rojillos came close in the 46th minute when Kike Sola uncorked a right footed shot that was heading for the top corner of the next before Casillas parried it away.
Kaka entered the match in the 58th minute and was shown a yellow card two minutes later. 15 minutes after that he was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle and was sent off. What a performance.
Madrid spent the final 15 minutes of the match on their heels as Osasuna tried to steal the full three points. They couldn't, but if you'd asked Jose Luis Mendilibar before the match if he'd take a point against Madrid, I hope he'd would have agreed with a big smile on his face.
For Madrid it's another disappointing league result that will likely drop them even further out of the title picture, assuming Barcelona takes care of business against Malaga tomorrow. It's Champions League or bust time for Los Blancos and you can be sure the already disgruntled fans will be even more vocal after this result.