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02/23/2014
 

Atletico Madrid missed the chance to join Real Madrid atop La Liga as they were beaten 3-0 by Osasuna at El Sadar on Sunday.


The hosts got off to a perfect start when Alvaro Cejudo took advantage of some slack marking to volley home a short corner at the back post.


Osasuna doubled their advantage  in the 21st minute when Emiliano Armenteros fired a sumptuous left-footed effort in off the post and Roberto Torres killed the game as a contest when he headed in the third just before half-time.


Atletico now trail Real by three points, but can make amends when they host Los Blancos at the Vicente Calderon next Sunday.


"Osasuna worked hard and surprised us with their first two attacks, which they finished off well," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.


"The second-half was better on our part, but we couldn't get the goal that would bring us back into the game.


"When the opponent is better, I congratulate them. Osasuna played very well."


Simeone's men had taken a huge step towards reaching the last eight of the Champions League in midweek as they won 1-0 away at AC Milan, but their efforts on Wednesday looked to have taken their toll as they conceded three times in the first-half for the first time since Simeone took charge over two years ago.


The Argentine had left out three regular starters in Miranda, Koke and Arda Turan from his starting line-up and those coming in did little to further their case for more playing time.


Cejudo opened the scoring on six minutes when Arementeros' cross perfectly picked out his late run into the box and he finished first time low past the helpless Thibaut Courtois.


The Belgian keeper was beaten again 15 minutes later when Armenteros saw off a weak challenge from Atletico captain Gabi before rifling the ball home from 25 yards.


Atletico briefly threatened a comeback when Diego Costa's driven effort flew inches wide and Mario Suarez just failed to connect with Gabi's in-swinging free-kick.


However, any doubt over the outcome was wiped away three minutes before half-time when Torres found space between Diego Godin and Toby Alderweireld to head home Damia's cross from the right.


Simeone introduced Koke, Turan and Raul Garcia after the break but Atletico were still unable to find a way through.

Garcia saw an acrobatic effort from a narrow angle touched to safety by Andres Fernandez before Costa blasted his side's best opening of the game over eight minutes from time.


Earlier, Athletic Bilbao consolidated their position in fourth with a 2-0 win away at nine-man Real Betis.


Iker Muniain put Athletic in front before Damien Perquis and Lorenzo Reyes were given their marching orders for two bookable offences.


And 20-year-old forward Guillermo Fernandez Hierro sealed all three points with his first senior goal for the club nine minutes from time.

 
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01/09/2014
 

Real Madrid took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 win over Osasuna in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Thursday.


Karim Benzema got the hosts off to the perfect start when he headed in Luka Modric's cross after 19 minutes.


Jese Rodriguez then gave Madrid breathing space in the tie when he chipped home Cristiano Ronaldo's pass after half-time. Madrid were only denied a third in comic circumstances moments later as Ronaldo deflected Gareth Bale's goalbound effort behind.


Real boss Carlo Ancelotti named a strong side with Bale returning to the starting line-up for the first time in four games following a calf injury.


Jese was also given a rare chance from the start and he thought he had won his side a penalty on 16 minutes when he went down under a challenge from Osasuna goalkeeper Asier Riesgo. However, after originally pointing to the spot, referee Jesus Perez Montero reversed his decision and harshly booked Jese for diving.


Minutes later Madrid were in front as Benzema flicked home Modric's free-kick to register his 99th goal for the club.


Ronaldo passed up a great chance to double the advantage when he fired straight at Riesgo after a lovely scooped pass from Bale as Madrid began the second-half with more purpose than they ended the first. 


The hosts took advantage of some woeful Osasuna defending to make it 2-0 just before the hour mark as Benzema and Ronaldo combined to tee up Jese to loft the ball over Riesgo.


That was to be the Spanish international's last major involvement as he pulled up injured shortly afterwards and was replaced by Isco.


Bale should then have had his first goal since November as his goalbound shot from Benzema's cut-back was deflected behind by Ronaldo.


But despite failing to add to their tally Madrid will be strong favorites to set up a quarter-final meeting with Alcorcon or Espanyol when they travel to Pamplona for the second leg next Wednesday.

 
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12/14/2013
 

Real Madrid fought back from 2-0 down with 10 men to rescue a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw away to lowly Osasuna on Saturday. Two headed goals from Oriol Riera put the hosts in the driving seat before Real's task became even tougher when Sergio Ramos was sent-off before half-time for two bookable offenses. Isco halved the deficit almost immediately after Ramos' departure to give Madrid hope.


Despite being in desperate need of a goal, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti substituted the in-form Gareth Bale just 10 minutes into the second period. Osasuna were also forced to play the final 12 minutes with 10 men as Francisco Silva was dismissed for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid took advantage straight away as Pepe headed in from the resulting free-kick.


The point moves Real to within two points of leaders Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, but the Catalans can extend their advantage when they host Villarreal later on Saturday. Madrid have now only won once in their last six visits to Pamplona, but having scored 24 goals in their previous five league games, they had started the game confidently.


Ronaldo ought to have given the visitors the lead on 10 minutes when he pulled a shot wide with just Andres Fernandez to beat following a lovely flick from Isco. However, it was the hosts who went in front with virtually their first attack of the game as Marc Bertran's excellent in-swinging cross was met by the unmarked Riera at the back post. Madrid were then rightly left aggrieved when Luka Modric appeared to have been hacked down by Alejandro Arribas inside the penalty area, but referee Clos Gomez waved play on. Diego Lopez had to be alive to stop Emiliano Armenteros' free-kick sneaking in at his near post just after the half hour.


But there was nothing the Madrid keeper could do to stop Osasuna doubling their advantage six minutes before half-time as after Lopez had made a fine save from Damia's header, Riera was on hand to nod into an empty net. Things went from bad to worse for Ancelotti's men moments later when Ramos was harshly sent-off for the 18th time in his Madrid career after clashing with Roberto Torres in midfield. However, Madrid were given a glimmer of hope before the break when Ronaldo ghosted past three Osasuna defenders and teed up Isco to blast an unerring finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards.


With his side failing to make much of an impression after the break, Ancelotti surprisingly withdrew Bale with over half an hour still to play as Angel di Maria replaced the Welshman. Ronaldo went close to an equaliser when he dragged a shot just wide of the far post moments later. Lopez made a smart save low to his right to prevent Torres from sealing the points for Osasuna 20 minutes from time. The numbers were then evened up 12 minutes from time when Silva dived in on Ronaldo and was rightly shown his second yellow card of the afternoon. And Madrid were on level terms from the resulting free-kick as Pepe climbed highest to power Isco's cross into the bottom corner.


 
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