Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna: Eder Militao and Casemiro keep hopes of host alive to keep LaLiga crown alive

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Eder Militao and Casemiro both hit allows to keep their party’s hopes of keeping LaLiga alive … while Zinedine Zidane’s men narrow the gap on leaders Atletico to just two points

  • Isco sent a pinpoint corner and Eder Militao headed past Sergio Herrera to break the deadlock
  • Karim Benzema passed the ball to Casemiro and accidentally rolled home at his first touch
  • There was more collateral damage from the win when Raphael Varane left with a muscle injury
  • Eden Hazard started bright but faded poorly and had just been substituted when Real Madrid took the lead

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Real Madrid rested Toni Kroos and Luka Modric and still had enough to beat Osasuna and keep up with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

They had to sweat for the 2-0 win, and none more than Eden Hazard who started bright but faded badly and had just been substituted when Zinedine Zidane’s team finally took the lead after 76 minutes.

There was more collateral damage from the win when Raphael Varane left mid-time with a muscle problem in his right leg, leaving him questionable against Chelsea before Wednesday.

Eder Militao's header kept Real Madrid's chances of keeping LaLiga alive with a header against Osasuna

Eder Militao’s header kept Real Madrid’s chances of keeping LaLiga alive with a header against Osasuna

Casemiro doubled the lead with a seemingly happy finish when they narrowed the gap with rival Atletico Madrid to two points.

Casemiro doubled the lead with a seemingly happy finish when they narrowed the gap with rival Atletico Madrid to two points.

Casemiro doubled the lead with a seemingly happy finish when they narrowed the gap with rival Atletico Madrid to two points.

Karim Benzema looks downcast as Real Madrid got close in what was a frustrating first half for Zinedine Zidane's men

Karim Benzema looks downcast as Real Madrid got close in what was a frustrating first half for Zinedine Zidane's men

Karim Benzema looks downcast as Real Madrid got close in what was a frustrating first half for Zinedine Zidane’s men

There was more collateral damage from the win when Raphael Varane (third from left) took off with a muscle injury

There was more collateral damage from the win when Raphael Varane (third from left) took off with a muscle injury

There was more collateral damage from the win when Raphael Varane (third from left) took off with a muscle injury

MATCH FACTS

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Varane (Nacho 45), Marcelo (Gutierrez 64); Casemiro, Blanco; Asensio (Arribas 83), Hazard (Isco 72), Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo 64); Benzema

Unused substitutes: Duckweed, Modric, Lunin, Mariano Diaz, Altube

Goals: Militao 76, Casemiro 80

Bookings: No

Osasuna (4-1-4-1): Herrera; Vidal Miralles, Hernandez, D. Garcia, Sanchez; Torro (Rodriguez Menendez 84); Torres (Barja Alfonso 81), Moncayola, Martinez (Brasanac 64), R. Garcia (Lopez 81); Avila (Budimir 64)

Unused replacements: Alvaro Armado, U. Garcia, Sanjurjo, Roncaglia, Ramalho, Gallego Puigsech, J. Perez

Goals: No

Booking: Martinez

Madrid is now two points behind leader Atletico and three points ahead of Barcelona who play against Valencia on Sunday evening.

Chimy Avila started his first match since January 2020 for Osasuna. Real Madrid had Kroos, Modric and Nacho – all expected to start against Chelsea – on the bench, but Hazard started just behind Karim Benzema and got off to a good start.

First there was a shot that went high and wide and then it reached the byline but went on target instead of crossing. Sergio Herrera saved the shot and Vinicius fired the rebound wrong.

Casemiro almost caught Herrera with a shot from his own half and Courtois was caught on the other side by a too high pass from man of the match Eder Militao that forced the Belgian goalkeeper back to his own goal to play away. A little later Courtois had more work to do when Avila Manu’s pass sent Sanchez to the left and Courtois had to claw his deflected cross from under his crossbar.

Eden Hazard started bright but faded badly and had just been substituted when Zinedine Zidane's team finally took the lead

Eden Hazard started bright but faded badly and had just been substituted when Zinedine Zidane's team finally took the lead

Eden Hazard started bright but faded badly and had just been substituted when Zinedine Zidane’s team finally took the lead

Hazard came to life after 25 minutes. First, there was a touch of genius on the sidelines with a backward pass that made Asensio clear. Then he hit Marcelo’s cross into the ground and saw it fall over the bar through Herrera.

The Osasuna goalkeeper then saved brilliantly from Militao’s header after a cross from Asensio. Madrid was now on top and Herrera again saved low from Militao’s header this time. Madrid had managed ten shots in the first half hour.

They dominated the rest of the half, although Avila dived past Courtois in the last minute before half-time from Manu Sanchez’s cross, after being offside for a meter.

Nacho dropped Varane early in the second half with muscle problems in his right leg. Militao shot over from Asensio’s free kick and Vinicius then got possession of the ball from Aridane, but was given the chance to hiss out without a shot on target.

Chimy Avila thought he had shocked the visitors with a header, but his attempt was disallowed for offside

Chimy Avila thought he had shocked the visitors with a header, but his attempt was disallowed for offside

Chimy Avila thought he had shocked the visitors with a header, but his attempt was disallowed for offside

Osasuna was similarly guilty when they broke four to two, but it all ended with a tame Jon Moncayola shooting right at Courtois.

Rodrygo came on for the failed Vinicius and young left back Miguel Gutierrez replaced Marcelo. Kroos and Modric did not move in the stands of the Alfredo di Stefano. That clearly suggested where Zidane’s priority lay, as Madrid didn’t seem to get through, but the goal came quickly.

After 70 minutes, Hazard was eliminated. The early promise had come to nothing and the most positive thing for him was that he negotiated 70 minutes without any physical problems.

His departure coincided with Madrid taking the lead. The man who replaced him, Isco, sent a point in the corner and Militao walked past Herrera. The Brazilian defender had been Madrid’s best player and deserved his goal.

After waiting so long for the first, the second came by almost immediately. Benzema passed the ball to Casemiro and on his first touch he accidentally rolled the ball past Herrera. Madrid could breathe easily. Benzema almost made three, but Herrera saved his shot.

A 3-0 would have been tough for Osasuna, but they were well beaten by a Madrid team still dreaming of a competition and a Champions League double.

Isco, sent in a pinpoint corner and Militao rose high and then headed past Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera

Isco, sent in a pinpoint corner and Militao rose high and then headed past Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera

Isco, sent in a pinpoint corner and Militao rose high and then headed past Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera

Benzema passed the ball to Casemiro and on his first touch he accidentally rolled the ball past Herrera

Benzema passed the ball to Casemiro and on his first touch he accidentally rolled the ball past Herrera

Benzema passed the ball to Casemiro and on his first touch he accidentally rolled the ball past Herrera

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