Late goals keep Real in title race

LaLiga

Real Madrid moved to within two points of LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid after defeating Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday evening.

Eden Hazard started after a lengthy spell on the side-lines as Vinicius Junior also featured from the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg on Tuesday.

Hazard looked to open up the visiting side early on after going through on the left-side to play in a cross-cum shot, but goalkeeper Sergio Herrera turned away before Marco Asensio squandered the follow-up.

Osasuna launched a scare of their own a little over the start of the match with Ruben Garcia taking aim from the edge of the area however goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois collected easily.

Los Blancos put Herrera to a hat-trick of saves five minutes to the half-hour mark from a half-volley in the area by Hazard and pin-point headers from Eder Militao off right-sided deliveries.

Ezequiel Avila tucked the ball in the net on the stroke of halftime from a floating cross into the area by Manu Sanchez, but the visitors’ joy was short-lived with the effort disallowed for offside.

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Madrid started the second half with a substitution due to subsequent rotation as Nacho came on in the place of fellow defender and French international Raphael Varane.

The away side though continued to push Madrid to the edge just inside the opening passage of the half with a low shot from Jon Moncayola, but Courtois smothered.

Los Blancos finally claimed the front-foot with 15 minutes to go courtesy of a thumping header by Militao following a corner.

Madrid made it two goals five minutes later after Carlos Casemiro helped a loose ball in the area from Karim Benzema beyond a flapping Herrera, to see the host go two points off Atletico with a 2-0 win.

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