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Real Madrid's perfect start ends! Winners, losers and ratings as La Liga champions held by Osasuna

22:44 BST 02/10/2022
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 2022-23
Karim Benzema missed a penalty as the Blancos were forced to settle for a draw, despite playing the final 12 minutes against ten men.

It was a night to forget for Real Madrid as they played out a 1-1 draw with Osasuna, bringing to an end their eight-match winning run across all competitions.

The Spanish champions remain unbeaten in La Liga but are now sitting in second spot behind arch-rivals Barcelona on goal difference.

They appeared to be on their way to the three points when Vinicius Junior opened the scoring, but Osasuna pulled level with a fantastic header from Kike Garcia.

Karim Benzema had the chance to seal the three points, but his penalty hit the bar in a moment that seemed to sum up his game.

Not for a lack of effort, the French striker did not impress on his return to the team and the Blancos were forced to settle for a point against an Osasuna side that saw Garcia sent off late on.

  • Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 2022-23

    The Winners

    Vinicius Junior:

    The Brazilian winger was behind Real Madrid's most dangerous moments in the first half and gave the home side the lead out of nowhere when he sent the ball bouncing beyond the Osasuna goalkeeper shortly before the interval.

    Kike Garcia:

    The attacker's fabulous header left Andriy Lunin with no chance as he pulled his team level early in the second half. Might also have scored a second and caused the Madrid defence all kinds of problems with his physical presence.

    Barcelona:

    The Blaugrana moved into first with a narrow win at Mallorca on Sunday, and will now remain at the summit for at least a week after seeing the Blancos suffer a surprise setback on home soil.

  • David Garcia Karim Benzema Real Madrid Osasuna 2022-23

    The Losers

    Dani Ceballos:

    Was given a start in midfield alongside Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni but did not look up to scratch. He did little to influence the game and was taken off just eight minutes into the second half. It was just his second start of the season and it is hard to imagine he will get many more chances to convince Carlo Ancelotti to keep calling on him.

    Karim Benzema:

    Missed the penalty that would have won the game in the second half and hit the woodwork another time. It was just not his night as although he was involved in the build-up, he was off the pace and could not make the difference upon his return to the starting XI.

    David Garcia:

    Left his team in serious danger of going 2-1 down in the second half for a silly shove on Benzema in the box, resulting in him being shown a red card, though he was ultimately redeemed as the striker fluffed his lines.

  • Antonio Rudiger Real Madrid 2022-23

    Real Madrid Ratings: Defence

    Andriy Lunin (6/10):

    The goalkeeper was called on to step in for the injured Thibaut Courtois and did a fine job for the first half but he was caught out when Kike Garcia headed in the equaliser.

    Dani Carvajal (6/10):

    Had a tough time on the right as Osasuna attacked down the wings and looked to get in behind him. He was eventually substituted and replaced by attacker Mariano Diaz.

    Antonio Rudiger (7/10):

    Got the job done and looked strong at the heart of the defence alongside David Alaba.

    David Alaba (7/10):

    Some good passing to help his team build attacks and he got forward a lot. Eventually moved to left-back after Ferland Mendy went off.

    Ferland Mendy (6/10):

    He does a lot of positive things and puts in the effort but was caught out once or twice when Osasuna cut inside and charged towards goal. Moved forward to help build attacks as Madrid preferred to target the left side.

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    Midfield

    Toni Kroos (7/10):

    Comfortable in possession as always and a calming presence in midfield but his set pieces were not up to par this time and one particularly bad one resulted in a dangerous counter attack for Osasuna.

    Aurelien Tchouameni (6/10):

    Was helpful defensively as his side had to deal with some dangerous attacks from the visitors but was taken off early in the second half.

    Dani Ceballos (5/10):

    Had little impact on the game before he was taken off eight minutes after the restart.

  • Karim Benzema Real Madrid Osasuna 2022-23

    Attack

    Rodrygo (6/10):

    Hardly his most effective game for Carlo Ancelotti's side as he was shoved out to the right wing. Not nearly as involved as his other attacking partners and has shown in previous matches that he has a lot more to offer than was on display tonight.

    Karim Benzema (8/10):

    Was involved in a lot in the build-up to attacks and had one excellent shot go wide in the first half but he was not enough of a threat otherwise. He even missed another penalty, blowing the chance to win the game for his team.

    Vinicius Junior (8/10):

    Made the difference in the first half with his unexpected goal and was energetic on the wing all through the game, always looked like the attacker most likely to make something magical happen throughout the match.

  • Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Eduardo Camavinga (6/10):

    Very lively after coming on and eager to pick out a good pass for one of the forwards, but Osasuna's stubborn defence made it tough.

    Federico Valverde (6/10):

    Useful with his passing after coming off the bench eight minutes into the second half but did not create much for Madrid.

    Marco Asensio (5/10):

    Played less than 20 minutes but did not get up to much for the Spanish champions.

    Eder Militao (5/10):

    Came on at the same time as Asensio and won two headers but did not have much to do defensively.

    Mariano Diaz (N/A):

    Played the last five minutes after replacing Dani Carvajal.

    Carlo Ancelotti (6/10):

    His team were dangerous against Osasuna at various points but the likes of Benzema and Rodrygo failed to have enough of an impact in attack and needed to find a new way to overcome the visitors' defence.