Real Madrid v Osasuna as it happened

Live text commentary as Real Madrid keep their Spanish title hopes alive with an easy win against Osasuna.

26 April 2014 Last updated at 18:43

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  1. 21:10: 

    But before all that, we are returning tomorrow for another Spanish-flavoured live text commentary.

    Leaders Atletico Madrid travel to Valencia at 16:00 BST as they aim to move a step closer to their first La Liga title since 1996. Then, focus switches to an emotionally-charged Barcelona side, mourning the death of their former coach Tito Vilanova, for their trip down the east coast to Villarreal at 20:00 BST.

    Miss it, miss out. Adios amigos!

  2. 21:05: 

    Too right, Elliott. Cristiano Ronaldo is the man who can provide the spectacular - twice, in fact, tonight. Both of his goals against Osasuna could be labelled as 'worldies'. Now Madrid are hoping he can produce something else outlandish in Munich on Tuesday.

    Safely protect their 1-0 advantage against Champions League semi-final opponents Bayern and the Portugal skipper will be walking out with Real for the final in his country's capital city Lisbon. Now there's an incentive.

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    Elliott Jenkin: Ronaldo is just a ridiculous player, whenever he gets the ball you can rely on him to provide something special.

  4. 20:58: 
    Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna
    Sergio Ramos

    He can defend. He can score goals. He can do acrobatic somersaults. What can Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, pictured here celebrating his side's third goal, not do? (Apart from keep his discipline now and again, obviously)

  5. 20:55: 
    Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna
    La Liga

    So that win moves Real Madrid back within three points of Atletico. The Rojiblancos visit Valencia tomorrow, hoping to avoid a costly slip up.

  6. 20:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna

    Cristiano Ronaldo stands tall on the touchline, arms folded, a cocksure expression etched on his face. He's pleased with his night's work. A comprehensive win for Real Madrid, who pile the pressure back on to new kids on the block Atletico.

  7. 20:49: 
    INJURY TIME- Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna

    Three more minutes for Osasuna to endure before they are put out of their misery.

  8. 20:48: 
    Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna

    We demanded more goals from Real Madrid at half-time and that is exactly what we have been rewarded with. Their Champions League semi-final opponents Bayern Munich bagged five earlier - so let's hope they have both saved some for a scoreboard-busting thriller on Tuesday. That's got 0-0 all over it now, right?


    OptaJose: 14 - Angel Di Maria is now the player with the most assists in La Liga this season so far, overtaking Koke.

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    John Shephard, via text: Only really got interested in Spanish football with the Bale transfer. This seems much better than English football.

  11. 20:42: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna - Dani Carvajal (83 mins)

    And as swiftly as they snuff out the Osasuna danger, Real Madrid seal a comfortable evening stroll in the Spanish capital with a fourth goal. Substitute Dani Carvajal, usually a right-back, saunters forward from midfield to nod in Isco's clipped angled cross. Easy peasy.

  12. 20:40: 
    Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

    Real Madrid are almost caught napping as Osasuna steam forward in a 4v3 situation in favour of the visitors. But a cross from the right is far from pinpoint and Real's lightweight defence get rid after Carlos Acuna's header goes nowhere.

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    Earlier (20:07), Robert Spencer drew gasps in BBC Sport towers with the suggestion that Barcelona should sell, gulp, Lionel Messi. Here are a few of your responses...

    Lloydimus: I can see what Robert means, but who could afford someone like Messi, especially with Financial Fair Play being enforced?

    Rob Kershaw: Sell one of the best players in the world? They'd slip further away from the Madrid teams no?

    Len M: Barca would easily get £100m for Messi, and really need to patch up their squad. A risk worth taking? I say probably yes.

  14. 20:34: 
    Final fifteen- Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

    These Madridistas know an easy three points are almost certainly in the bag and, barring a miracle of biblical proportions, it will be their fourth straight La Liga win.

  15. 20:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

    The changes are coming thick and fast now for Real. Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is the latest to take a well-earned break, seeing his place taken by Dani Carvajal. The right-back seems to be slotting into an unfamiliar midfield role - that is a stark illustration of Real's dominance. As is the wave of noise which echo around the Bernabeu.

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    Daniel, Norwich, via text: Real Madrid are immense on the counter. But personally I would say Liverpool are the best counter attacking team in the world right now. That would be one awesome match!

  17. 20:27: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

    Luka Modric is really starting to become a darling of the Bernabeu now. The ex-Spurs man took a while to win over the demanding Real fans but they are firmly on his side now. The Croatia midfielder has produced another lung-bursting performance at the heart of the Madrid team, earning a rapturous round of applause as he is replaced by Xabi Alonso for the final 20 minutes or so.

  18. 20:25: 
    Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

    The question now is, how many do Real Madrid want to score? If they want a rugby score then Osasuna are there for the taking, although the hosts might decide to spare them further pain.

    Real are set to climb above Barca into second as things stand, three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

  19. 20:21: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna
    Real Madrid v Osasuna

    Here's the substitution that every man and his dog expected. Cristiano Ronaldo strolls off, lapping up the acclaim of the Bernabeu crowd before grabbing his comfort blanket and sinking into those luxurious leather seats in the home dugout, alongside his Portuguese pal Fabio Coentrao. The two-goal hero is replaced by Brazilian youngster Casimiro.

  20. 20:18: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 3-0 Osasuna - Sergio Ramos (60 mins)

    I've been telling you all evening that Sergio Ramos fancied getting his name on the scoresheet - well, he has done it! The Madrid centre-half gallops forward like Franz Beckanbauer in his pomp and dives on to the end of Angel Di Maria's right-wing cross to plant in from six yards. Brilliant stuff.

  21. 20:15: 
    Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna

    How long before Real boss Carlo Ancelotti withdraws some of his big names with Tuesday in mind? I'd be dragging Cristiano Ronaldo off right now.


    Opta Jose: Osasuna have gained just three points with goals in the second-half all season; a league low.

  23. 20:10: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna - Cristiano Ronaldo (52 mins)
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Right on he is. Yet again, Cristiano Ronaldo creates something out of nothing. The Portuguese superstar draws back his right foot before ploughing it through the ball with the speed and ferocity of a bow and arrow, sending the ball sailing into the top corner from 25 yards. Two goalkeepers would not have stopped that beast.

  24. 20:09: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    I'd imagine Real will haul off Cristiano Ronaldo as soon as/if they find that second goal. Then wrap him up in cotton wool ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.

  25. 20:07: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    As if further proof was needed that Madrid must grab a second, Osasuna fashion their best chance of the match. Argentine midfielder Emiliano Armenteros goes for the spectacular as he meets Joan Orio's left-wing cross with an overhead kick. But that drifts wide before Luka Modric arrows a low shot wide as Real hit back on the counter.

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    Robert Spencer on Twitter: Barcelona may need to sell Lionel Messi to rebuild to get anywhere near the Madrid teams next season.

    Controversial Robert. Very controversial. Anyone agree? Don't be shy to tell us.

  27. 20:04: 
    KICK-OFF- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Game on again in the Bernabeu. No changes for either team.

  28. 20:03:  
    German BundesligaFULL-TIME
    Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich 5-2 Werder Bremen

    Hertha Berlin 2-0 Braunschweig

    Hoffenheim 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

    Mainz 05 2-0 Nurnberg

    Wolfsburg 2-2 Freiburg

    Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

  29. 20:00:  
    German Bundesliga

    Guardiola and his Bayern Munich players wore black armbands during their Bundesliga win against Werder Bremen on Saturday, while a minute's silence was also held at the Allianz Arena.

    German champions Bayern went on to win 5-2 after twice fighting back from behind. Franck Ribery, Claudio Pizarro (2), Bastian Schweinsteiger and substitute Arjen Robben all scored.

  30. 19:58:  
    German BundesligaPep expresses Tito sadness

    Earlier, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola spoke publicly for the first time since the death of his close friend Tito Vilanova, saying it will affect him for the rest of his life.

    Ex-Barcelona boss Vilanova died aged 45 on Friday after a long cancer battle. He was Guardiola's assistant at Barca, winning 14 trophies together between 2008 and 2012, before taking charge when Guardiola quit the job.

    "The sadness I feel will accompany me for the rest of my life," said 43-year-old Guardiola. "We have experienced a lot together, lost together, won together. It is a difficult situation."

  31. 19:56:  
    Spanish La LigaFULL-TIME

    While the Real Madrid and Osasuna players enjoy a half-time orange, some of their fellow La Liga professionals are already sat in the players' lounge with their feet up. Here's what happened earlier in two other matches...

    Granada 0-3 Rayo Vallecano

    Getafe 1-0 Malaga

  32. 19:53: 
    Lies, damned lies and statistics- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna
    Real Madrid v Osasuna

    I'm sure Carlo Ancelotti will be happy with these statistics and the all-important numbers in the scoreline. However, he will be telling his players in the bowels of the Bernabeu, while slurping on a hot cup of tea, to make their dominance count in the second half.

  33. 19:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    And there is still time for another half-chance for Madrid. Marcelo's left-wing cross goes through the Osasuna defence like a hot knife in butter, with Cristiano Ronaldo just a couple of inches too small to get his noggin on the end of it.

    And that's the last action of a Real-dominated first half.

  34. 19:46: 
    INJURY TIME- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Two more excellent chances go begging for Madrid. Luka Modric pulls the trigger as Osasuna keeper Andres Fernandez is again called into action, before Alvaro Morata almost bulldozes his way through the away defence.

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    RovingElves on Twitter: With Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Real Madrid are the best counter attack team. Frightening pace and finishing.

    John McEnerney on Twitter: Agree that Real are the best counter attacking side in the world, but dodgy at the back and that might cost them in Munich next week.

    Robin M on Twitter: I say Borussia Dortmund are the best counter attacking side on their day. But Real can do great counter attacking moves more consistently if they want.

  36. 19:44: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Few signs of nerves around the Bernabeu tonight. Mainly from the home supporters, but Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti appears stony faced too. A second goal in the final moments of the first half will settle them all down.

  37. 19:42: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez is earning his corn tonight. He drops low to his right to push out Marcelo's fierce drive before then being needed to react to Alvaro Morata's close-range flick.

  38. 19:39: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    I cannot believe this - Cristiano Ronaldo does not shoot. I repeat, Cristiano Ronaldo does not shoot. Instead he lobs up a little dinker to Sergio Ramos who clearly fancies himself as a makeshift striker today. But the Madrid defender's volley flies high over the Osasuna crossbar. Back to the training ground lads...

  39. 19:38: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Cristiano Ronaldo stands confidently in front of a 25-yard free-kick. I would hate to be in that Osasuna wall right now...

  40. 19:36: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    All pretty comfortable for Madrid, who have only lost two home matches at Fortresss Bernabeu this season. Cristiano Ronaldo gets the 'showboat' klaxon for an outrageous backheel which sets Marcelo galloping into the Osasuna box. But the Brazil left-back fails to threaten from a tight angle.

  41. 19:32: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Cristiano Ronaldo, who has only just returned from a hamstring injury, clutches the back of his leg as a few worried murmurs go round the Bernabeu.

    But he is alright. Enough alright in fact to whip a tasty free-kick inches past the Osasuna post just seconds later. Away keeper Andres Fernandez is left grasping for thin air and is relieved to see that the ball is not nestled in the onion bag.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scores to put Real Madrid ahead against Osasuna

    OptaJose on Twitter: Real Madrid have scored more goals from outside the box than any other team in the top five European leagues this season.

  43. 19:26: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Another Real break sees Cristiano Ronaldo float a delicious right-wing cross to the far post where, hang on, Sergio Ramos stands in wait. What is he doing up there?! Ramos isn't known for his attacking prowess but surged forward to get on the end of Ronaldo's ball.

    However, he was unable to direct it goalwards. And even Ronaldo raised a smile when he realised it was Ramos who he had picked out.

  44. 19:22: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    After a period of Osasuna pressure, Real stream forward as a host of white shirts swarm towards the visiting goal on the counter attack. But the away defenders scrabble back to force a corner, which eventually comes to nothing.

    Pep Guardiola recently called Madrid the "best counter-attacking team in the world". Agree or disagree? You know the drill. Text, tweet, Facebook. Ta.

  45. 19:18: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Oh, I forgot to mention - Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos was sent off in that game too. Quelle surprise. No such disciplinary woe from Ramos to report yet though, as he gets his body in the way to block Osasuna's Alvaro Cejudo's shot. That trundles into the hands of home stopper Diego Lopez.

  46. 19:14: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna

    Let's see what Osasuna can salvage now. Javi Gracia's men did cause Madrid a few problems in the reverse fixture, leading 2-0 before Carlo Ancelotti's side salvaged a point in a 2-2 draw. Wonder if that will turn out to be a useful point or two dropped in the title race?

  47. 19:10: 
    Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    That beauty was Cristiano Ronaldo's 29th La Liga goal of the season and the 50th for both club and country. The man is a machine.

  48. 19:07: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna - Cristiano Ronaldo (6 mins)

    Wow! Cristiano Ronaldo (who else?!) smashes an absolute rocket out of nowhere to put Madrid ahead. Poor Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez looks shell-shocked and it is no wonder. Ronaldo takes a touch then, wham, hits a perfect 25-yard bullet straight into the top corner. That travelled faster than the speed of light. Almost.

  49. 19:07: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Osasuna

    Alvaro Morata is only making his second start of the season - but he looks keen to make an early impression. His first touch lets him down as he is picked out by Luka Modric before firing wide with the help of a deflection.

    The resulting corner is drifted over by the delicate right foot of Modric, which centre-back Raphael Varane meets with his forehead but can't hit the target.

  50. 19:04: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Osasuna

    Then, young Alvaro Morata - starting in the absence of rested Karim Benzema - makes a nuisance of himself in the Osasuna penalty area. But the away defence scramble back and survive the early threat.

  51. 19:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Real Madrid 0-0 Osasuna

    Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has the honour of getting things under way - and he does exactly that as referee Fernando Vitienes blows his whistle.

  52. 19:01: 
    Real Madrid v Osasuna (19:00 BST)

    Now there is a minute's silence for the death of Tito Vilanova. An image of the ex-Barca boss appears on the Bernabeu's big screen during an impeccably-observed pause for thought.

  53. 18:59: 
    Real Madrid v Osasuna (19:00 BST)

    Before kick-off, there is also time for celebration in the Bernabeu. Club captain Iker Casillas and team skipper Sergio Ramos show off the Copa del Rey trophy - which they won by beating Barcelona nine days ago - to the home fans.

  54. 18:57: 
    LINE-UPS- Real Madrid v Osasuna (19:00 BST)

    Real Madrid: Lopez, Nacho, Marcelo, Illarramendi, Varane, Ramos Modric, Isco, Morata, Di Maria, Ronaldo. Subs: Casillas, Pepe, Coentrao, Benzema, Alonso, Carvajal, Casemiro.

    Osasuna: Fernandez, Perez, Oriol, Loe, Flano, Arribas, Cejudo, Punal, Magem, Cuevas, Armenteros. Subs: Riesgo, Bertran, Acuna, Mate, Lobato, Omwu, Loties.

    Referee: Fernando Vitienes

  55. 18:55: 
    TEAM NEWS- Real Madrid v Osasuna (19:00 BST)

    Gareth Bale has recovered from a recent bout of flu but Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is not risking the former Tottenham forward ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final return away to Bayern Munich.

    Bale does not even make the bench, while Karim Benzema, who scored in the 1-0 win against Bayern in the first leg on Wednesday, is on the substitutes bench. Cristiano Ronaldo starts along with Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria.

    Osasuna, 16th in the table and just three points above the relegation zone, include Paraguay forward Javier Acuna, on loan from Watford, on their bench.

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    As always, we want you to have your say. So fire up your phone/laptop/tablet/whatever and get in touch.

    Should the Atletico groundstaff start dusting down the trophy cabinet and making room for La Liga gong? Or can Real or Barcelona snatch the silverware from under their success-starved noses? Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, via text on 81111 or on our Facebook page.

    Feel free to pay your own personal tributes to Tito Vilanova as well.

  57. 18:50: 

    On the pitch, it is another important evening for Real. The Spanish title race has caused levels of excitement which have only been matched this week by ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher's cryptic tweeting. Well, in my house anyway.

    Carlo Ancelotti's are six points adrift of leaders Atletico, albeit with a game in hand on their noisy neighbours. Can anything stop Diego Simeone's men charging to a shock La Liga success? Only Valencia, Levante and Malaga. Beat those three and the title goes to the Vicente Calderon.

    All Cristiano Ronaldo and company can do tonight is beat Osasuna and then hope for the best. With all of their collective fingers, and toes, crossed.

  58. 18:47: 

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are the fiercest of football rivals. But that conflict has been put to one side following 45-year-old Vilanova's death on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

    While Barcelona mourn his loss ahead of Sunday's trip to Villarreal, Madrid will pay their own tributes before tonight's La Liga match against Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The club will hold a minute's silence in memory of Vilanova before kick-off, while their players will wear black armbands.

  59. 18:45: 
    Tito Vilanova

    "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

    Legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly uttered one of football's most memorable quotes with a glint in his eye. The Scot, known for his tongue-in-cheek humour, would have been the first to admit that football pales into insignificance after a sudden loss of life.

    And that - unfortunately - is apparent again today as Spanish football mourns the tragically young death of ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova.

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