This season in La Liga, he is an immutable rule with Real. When he is jostled, especially in the first period, he ends up winning. This was the case on Saturday in Seville (3-2). This was again the case this Wednesday evening on the lawn of Osasuna (3-1). Alaba, in two stages, had opened the scoring well in the 12th minute, well served by Benzema. But it was Osasuna who had made the best impression by creating good situations in quick succession through Budimir (5th) and Brasanac (7th). And it is quite logical that the players of Pamplona equalized in the wake of the merengue goal by Budimir on a cross from Avila (13th).
Carried by their public, the Osasuna players, positioned in a low block, played each counter thoroughly. It was hard to see how Real, despite possession of the ball (70% in the first period) was going to be able to resist for a long time. Avila saw his shot from the left go just wide (27th), Budimir was denied, logically, a goal for offside (32nd). Opposite, the Merengues tried a lot (22 shots in the first period) but failed to deceive Sergio Herrera, the doorman of Osasuna like Alaba (38th). It was finally Asensio who restored the advantage to Real by taking back in the empty goal a shot from Ceballos repelled by Herera (45th).
Benzema missed two penalties
In the second half, there were a lot more white that of red but Real was scared to the end. Blame it on a lack of efficiency or rather a big Herrera in front. Twice, the Osasuna goalkeeper defeated Benzema on penalty (52nd, 58th). The French striker, not successful, saw his strike then fly away (85th) like that of Vinicius to flirt with the post (95th). The deliverance came from the incoming Lucas Vazquez on an offering from Vinicus (96th).
Sometimes radiant, but never sovereign, Real showed a champion character to get the better of a team from Osasuna (9th), released, who no longer plays much at the end of the season. Without Modric left to rest, Casemiro injured in training (Alaba left at the break visibly affected), Real Madrid ensured before the confrontation against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Merengues are 17 points ahead of Atlético (2nd), held in check by Granada, and 18 over Barcelona (3rd) who have two games less.