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Actual Madrid defeated a spirited Osasuna side two- at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, as Zinedine Zidane opted for youth in location of the massive guns. 

Vinicius Junior’s 36th minute strike was the distinction in a breakneck initial half, exactly where an energetic La Liga new boys Osasuna gave as excellent as they got with out generating clear-reduce probabilities. 

The Brazilian collected Toni Kroos’ pass on the left, set it onto his proper and curled it beyond Ruben in the Osasuna aim. It took a slight deflection, but that will imply absolutely nothing to a teary-eyed Vinicius whose feelings had been there for all to see. 

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Luka Jovic, who had been wasteful on the evening, believed he’d doubled the lead, only for VAR to rule that he’d been offside when Lucas Vazquez released him in behind. 

Los Blancos created it two- in style with much less than 20 minutes to go, courtesy of 18-year-old debutant Rodrygo. The young Brazilian – much less than 100 seconds just after coming onto the pitch – plucked Casemiro’s cross-field pass from the air, turned Lillo inside out with his run into the box and slotted residence across the goalkeeper.

In spite of a handful of late probabilities, one particular of which fell to Rodrygo, Actual had been unable to add to their tally. 

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game beneath.


Actual Madrid

Essential Speaking Point

With Osasuna’s check out tucked among away fixtures with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, the pre-match rumours that Zinedine Zidane would make eight adjustments had been proved appropriate. Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Casemiro had been the only survivors from Real’s victory more than Sevilla. 

A host of Actual Madrid understudies had been offered their opportunity to step onto the Santiago Bernabeu stage. How numerous would fluff their lines?


What wasn’t in the script was Osasuna’s personal seven-alter overhaul and the fresh legs in their beginning XI created it hard for Actual Madrid to settle into a initial-half rhythm. But the cogs began to turn a small smoother as Los Blancos dominated the second half.

Alvaro Odriozola was a vibrant spark, demonstrating his potential to study the game and pace that will avoid numerous from catching him out – as nicely as driving down the flank with objective. 

Vinicius was similarly good, even though his endeavour did not usually outcome in finish solution. The pair combined to tee up Luka Jovic, who sliced the ball more than the bar.

Onto the Serbian striker, who wasted 3 glorious probabilities just before VAR adjudged him to be marginally offside when he ultimately converted. ​Karim Benzema won’t be feeling the stress just however, neither will Real’s other attacking players.

Lucas Vazquez nonetheless appears like a player who desires to turn his attacking flair into probabilities and assists much more usually, even though there was much more excellent than undesirable about his game on the evening. Whilst Federico Valverde was anonymous for most of the game, amid the hustle and bustle of Osasuna’s midfield.

In defence, the highlight of Alphonse Areola’s debut was a one particular-handed catch befitting of a Harlem Globetrotter, whilst Eder Militao received a yellow card for a clumsy challenge and was caught out by a lengthy Osasuna clearance. Even so, his pace, recovery and reading of the game had been there for all to see.

Rodrygo is most likely to steal the headlines and limelight, casting a shadow more than each the excellent and undesirable amongst Real’s supporting cast.


Player Ratings

​Starting XI: Areola (7) Odriozola (eight*), Militao (7), Ramos (7), Nacho (six) Kroos (7), Casemiro (7), Valverde (five) Vazquez (six), Jovic (six), Vinicius Junior (7)

Substitutes: Rodrygo (7), Rodriguez (six),


STAR MAN: Alvaro Odriozola


Choosing the goalscorer is usually the effortless way out, but Alvaro Odriozola arguably created a improved case than Vinicius to retain his location for the Madrid derby.

​In the initial half, he usually identified himself in improved attacking positions than his proper-winger Vazquez, driving to the byline and timing his crosses to perfection on a number of occasions. 

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He should really have an help to his name, but Luka Jovic failed to pounce on a defensive mix-up that resulted from an Odriozola cross.

A strong defensive overall performance can be finest summed by the moment he thwarted an Osasuna counter-attack on the left wing. Charging across the pitch, he created the ball his with a commanding sliding tackle to carry the ball out of play. 

The residence fans definitely let him know they had been impressed, as a resounding cheer reverberated about the stadium.


Osasuna

Player Ratings​

Beginning XI: Ruben (7) Lillo (six), Navas (six), Roncaglia (six), Estupinan (7) Ibanez (six), Moncayola (7*), Merida (six), Garcia (six) Cardona (six), Brandon (7)

Substitutes:​ Avila (five), Vazquez (five), Torres (five)


Searching Ahead

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The Madrid derby lies in wait, so it really is hugely unlikely Actual are hunting any additional than Saturday’s trip to Wanda Metropolitano.

​However, their fixture with 
​Atletico is followed by a residence double header against Club Brugge and surprise package Granada in the Champions League and La Liga, respectively.

Osasuna face Levante away and Villarreal at residence in their subsequent two. 



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