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Benzema again however Actual Madrid’s good season ends in draw

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MADRID — Actual Madrid‘s good LaLiga season got here to an finish with a 1-1 draw towards guests Osasuna in a match that noticed Karim Benzema miss a late penalty.

Benzema returned to motion in almost a month after being sidelined with a thigh damage, however the French striker could not convert from the spot within the 79th minute as Madrid’s six-game LaLiga successful streak to open the season was snapped.

Vinicius Junior gave Madrid the lead simply earlier than halftime however Kike Garcia equalised it with an excellent header from the sting of the world over backup keeper Andriy Lunin, who was enjoying rather than late scratch Thibaut Courtois.

With 19 factors, Madrid are degree with Barcelona on the high of the LaLiga standings, with El Clasico looming on Oct. 16.

JUMP TO: Participant rankings | Finest/worst performers | Highlights and notable moments | Put up-match quotes | Key stats | Upcoming fixtures

Speedy Response

1. Madrid’s first blemish not the worst

Actual Madrid had been close to impeccable up to now this season, with a file going into this match that learn 9 video games performed between LaLiga, the Champions League and the UEFA Tremendous Cup, and 9 wins. A 1-1 draw at house towards an ungainly opponent in Osasuna isn’t any catastrophe, but it surely’s an unwelcome slip-up nonetheless, and an early reminder that the reigning Spanish and European champions should not infallible.

There are many contributing elements to clarify why Madrid weren’t fairly firing on all cylinders right here. Their greatest participant, Karim Benzema, is just simply again from damage, whereas Thibaut Courtois was absent (extra on each in a second) as was Luka Modric. There’s additionally typically a sluggishness to the group post-international break, with so many members of the squad having been away with their nations.

The end result leaves Madrid degree on 19 factors with a resurgent Barcelona on the high of the desk and units up a doubtlessly thrilling two-team title race, with each side having the prospect to strike an early blow in El Clasico right here on the Santiago Bernabeu on Oct. 16. By then, anticipate to see Madrid again as much as full velocity.

2. Search for Benzema to shake it off

Actual Madrid hadn’t precisely struggled to seek out the web in Benzema’s absence. Because the Ballon d’Or elect picked up a thigh damage towards Celtic on Sept. 6, the group had scored 11 targets in 4 video games: three towards Celtic, 4 towards Mallorca, and two every towards RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid. Nonetheless, although, Benzema is “The Boss” — as he was described on the frontpage of Diario AS on Sunday morning — so it was no shock to seek out him again main the road towards Osasuna.

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Benzema virtually celebrated his return with an outrageous close to miss on 37 minutes, taking Vinicius Junior’s cross first time on the volley and placing it inches large. The second half introduced a fair higher likelihood to take action when Madrid have been awarded a penalty for David Garcia‘s push on Benzema himself. He shot excessive, off the bar and over although, in a uncommon failure to transform from the spot.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted we’ll see “the identical Karim as all the time” quickly sufficient. With winnable video games towards Shakhtar Donetsk and Getafe developing this week, Madrid can be hoping Benzema is again to his greatest by the point they face Barca.

3. Courtois is irreplaceable

It may well’t be simple being back-up goalkeeper to one of the best within the enterprise. Thibaut Courtois was a close to ever-present final season — beginning 36 of 38 league video games on the way in which to Madrid’s title win, and enjoying each match of Madrid’s historic Champions League run — so Andriy Lunin needed to be affected person, work laborious in coaching, and bide his time.

A uncommon alternative introduced itself right here, with Courtois dominated out late on the day of the sport with a again drawback. Lunin has typically appeared nervous and unsure on his uncommon appearances for Madrid, as if over-keen to make a constructive impression. Right here, his first save got here within the twenty eighth minute, an easy cease from an optimistic long-range shot from Jon Moncayola. There was little Lunin might do about Kike Garcia’s very good headed equaliser, which looped up and over his head, and there was a nervous second later when the keeper hesitated to come back for a cross and was virtually caught in no-man’s land.

It could be unfair to cross a definitive judgment on Lunin’s capacity, given how little we have seen of him in a Actual Madrid shirt, however Courtois cannot return quickly sufficient.

Participant rankings

Actual Madrid: Andriy Lunin 5; Dani Carvajal 6, Antonio Rudiger 6, David Alaba 7, Ferland Mendy 6; Aurelien Tchouameni 6, Toni Kroos 7, Dani Ceballos 5; Rodrygo Goes 6, Vinicius Junior 8, Karim Benzema 7.

Subs: Eduardo Camavinga 7, Fede Valverde 6, Marco Asensio 5, Eder Militao 6, Mariano Diaz 5.

Osasuna: Sergio Herrera 5; Nacho Vidal 7, Unai Garcia 7, David Garcia 5, Juan Cruz 6; Lucas Torro 7, Darko Brasanac 6, Jon Moncayola 7; Abde Ezzalzouli 7, Moi Gomez 6; Kike Garcia 7.

Subs: Ruben Pena 6, Aimar Oroz 6, Manu Sanchez 6, Budimir 6, Aridane Hernandez 6.

Finest and worst performers

BEST: Vinicius Junior, Actual Madrid.

His purpose was an enormous slice of luck, a cross that discovered its approach via into the underside nook, however Vinicius by no means stopped attempting to make issues occur as Madrid pushed for a winner.

WORST: David Garcia, Osasuna.

Gave away the penalty which ought to have seen Actual Madrid take the win together with his shove on Benzema and was despatched off to go away his group closing out the match below stress with ten males.

Highlights and notable moments

Not the way in which the presumptive Ballon d’Or winner envisioned his return to the pitch after his damage layoff.

After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned

Actual Madrid’s Dani Ceballos: “We needed the three factors, we tried till the tip. We have dropped two factors, actually, as a result of the group was pushing in the previous few minutes however we could not get the win.”

Osasuna’s Kike Garcia: “You watch the comebacks they’ve had on tv and also you assume ‘now it is your flip!’ However we held on, I feel now we have a great group that defends the field properly and we confirmed that.”

Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)

– Shocking that Karim Benzema’s been shaky on penalties in LaLiga video games of late. Because the begin of final season, he has now did not convert 5 penalties (scored 8/13). And three of these misses? Towards Osasuna.

– Osasuna have averted defeat in consecutive highway matches vs. Actual Madrid for the primary time since back-to-back attracts in 1994 and 2001.

Up subsequent

Actual Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti’s facet will host Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League motion on Tuesday and welcome Getafe on Saturday.

Osasuna: The Basque facet host Valencia on Friday in LaLiga motion.

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