Real Madrid won (1-3) against Osasuna in a very tough stadium as Sadar, where Los Blancos have lost in five of their last six visits to Pamplona. Zinedine Zidane decided to do some changes in the line-up playing with the five defenders as he did in the match against Sevilla of the regular season. Nacho, Varane and Ramos were the full backs in the starting 11, and the French manager decided to introduce Danilo instead Carvajal who is recently recovered from his injury.
Osasuna started the match with a lot of intensity and they had the first chances. Los Blancos tried to control the game but neither Casemiro, Modric and Isco had the ball possession. With the pass of the minutes Los Blancos started to create some chances and in the 23rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo opened the score board from a great pass of Karim Benzema. Only ten minutes later Sergio León tied the match with a great finish from a wonderful lob, unstoppable for Keylor Navas. Real Madrid didn’t play a good first half and they went to the dress room having several doubts with the way they must play.
In the 3rd minute of the second half, Sergio León could score the second goal for Osasuna, but Keylor Navas prevented it with a great safe. Danilo had to leave the field because of an injury in his left ankle and James Rodríguez replaced him. With this substitution Zidane had to change once again the formation and he decided to play with four defenses, with Nacho in the right back and the Colombian in the midfield.
Only five minutes later Isco scored the second goal for Los Blancos from a good shot. In the 70th minute Zidane introduced Lucas Vázquez replacing Karim Benzema in another very poor game of the French striker. In the last 20 minutes Los Blancos controlled the match because Osasuna looked very tired after running during all the game. In the injury time Lucas scored the third one and with this goal Los Blancos could achieve the victory in a very tough game.
Now Real madrid must think in the first leg of Champions League last 16 round against Napoli at Santiago Bernabéu. It will be a very difficult match because the Italian team is doing a good season and nowadays they are in the second position of the table.