Karim Benzema missed a penalty as Real Madrid were frustrated by a ten man Osasuna at Santiago Bernabeu.
The visitors took a shock lead in the first half before Vinicius Junior hit back for Real Madrid. Benzema was then gifted a glorious chance to win the game for his side, but hammered the ball off the crossbar – missing his third consecutive penalty kick against Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera.
Real Madrid dominated possession early in the game, with Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy’s overlapping runs causing problems for the Osasuna backline, but it was actually the visitors who’d create the first real chance of the game. That chance would fall to Nacho Vidal who, finding himself completely unmarked and in acres of space on the right of the penalty area, was unable to direct a subsequent volleyed effort anywhere near the goal.
It was a much, much better chance than his shot made it look.
Los Blancos pushed forward thereafter, getting the ball to Vinicius Junior with ever-increasing frequency. And the Brazilian would win a free-kick on the left flank which very nearly turned into a goal on the half hour mark.
Toni Kroos whipped a dangerous ball into the box which was met by Antonio Rudiger who, rather disappointingly, ballooned his free header on goal way, way, way wide of the post. File under ‘better chance the player made it look’ alongside Vidal’s volley.
While Real Madrid were pressing into the final third, gaps were appearing in their defensive third – gaps which Osasuna so nearly exploited with a quick counter attacking following a Los Blancos’ corner kick. The visitors steamed forward, working the ball well up the park, and finding Abde Ezzalzouli on the right of the penalty area. The ex-Barcelona man’s effort on goal however span just wide of the left post.
Osasuna were made to pay for missing that chance in the 42nd minute when Vinicius Junior finally broke the deadlock. The forward’s whipped cross from the left flank went right the way through, past Benzema and Rudiger, and into the bottom corner of the net.
The visitors weren’t to be deterred by that concession and in the 50th minute they grabbed an equaliser. The goal came from Kike Garcia, who flicked an Unai Garcia cross over Andriy Lunin and into the back of the net.
Rodrygo would spurn a decent chance to re-take the lead 10 minutes later, firing over the crossbar after being played through on goal by Benzema.
After a frustrating 15 minutes in which Osasuna defended well, Real Madrid were gifted a chance to go ahead after Benzema was pushed over in the penalty area by David Garcia – who received a red card for the foul. Up stepped Benzema to take the resulting spot kick and he, rather shockingly, cannoned the ball off the crossbar instead of into the back of the net.
A minute later Benzema did have the ball in the back of the net, but he was adjudged to have been offside when he latched onto the ball int he penalty area.
The last chance of the game would fall to substitute Mariano Diaz, who headed a great Federico Valverde cross just over the bar.
GK – Andriy Lunin – 4/10 – Could do nothing about the goal.
RB – Dani Carvajal – 5/10 – Decent going forward, mainly in the first half.
CB – Antonio Rudiger – 5/10 – Missed a decent chance in the first half. Not quite on the same wavelength as Alaba yet.
CB – David Alaba – 5/10 – Caught out a few times defensively, particularly on the counter attack.
LB – Ferland Mendy – 6/10 – A solid outing for the French international.
CM – Dani Ceballos – 3/10 – Quiet and rightfully subbed off.
CM – Aurelien Tchouameni – 4/10 – Slightly sloppy on the ball at times. Not his greatest outing.
CM – Toni Kroos – 6/10 – Switched play brilliantly all evening.
RW – Rodrygo – 6/10 – Missed a decent chance on the hour mark. Much more involved in the second half than he was in the first.
ST – Karim Benzema – 2/10 – He missed his third penalty in a row against Sergio Herrera.
LW – Vinicius Junior – 7/10 – As per, Real Madrid’s liveliest creative outlet. Scored the opener
SUB – Eduardo Camavinga – 5/10 – Much better than Tchouameni when he came on.
SUB – Federico Valverde – 6/10 – Added some much needed impetus.
SUB – Marco Asensio – N/A.
SUB – Eder Militao – N/A.
SUB – Mariano Diaz – 4/10 – Spurned a good chance late on.
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
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