Real Madrid notched up their fifth straight win in the 2019-20 La Liga with a 4-1 win over Osasuna. Unai Nunez scored an early goal for Osasuna before Madrid equalised through Isco and Sergio Ramos, Luca Vazquez, Luca Jovic capping off an emphatic come-from-behind win. The result Madrid open up a six-point lead at the top but Barcelona shrunk it to three points beating Real Betis 3-2 in an away match.
Two days after losing the Copa del Rey quarterfinal to Real Sociedad, Madrid were pegged back early into the game, when Unai produced a diving header to convert a corner and put Osasuna ahead in the 14th minute. The away team levelled things up shortly when Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema came close to scoring, the volley set up for midfielder Isco to score.
Real got their act together from there and captain Sergio Ramos, just five minutes after his team’s first goal, put them in the lead with a close-range header. Vazquez and Jovic, coming in as substitutes made an impact with late strikes. In the 84th minute, Vazquez replaces Gareth Bale and converted a Benzema pass with a powerful header and two minutes into stoppage time, Jovic added a fourth.
“This was a typical game against Osasuna, we know how passionate their fans are and that they put you under real pressure. They went ahead early but we stayed calm and got the game back under control,” Casemiro told reporters.
“We had just been knocked out of the Cup and this was a tough game for us mentally but we showed that we want to fight to win every other competition we are left in and got three very important points.”
Lionel Messi did not score for Barcelona but worked three beautiful assists that led his team to a come from behind win as well. Sixth minute into the match, Sergio Canales successfully converted a penalty after Clement Lenglet handed the ball inside the box, but the Catalans took just three minutes for their equaliser. Frenkie de Jong caught a long pass from Messi on his chest before slotting it into the net.
Betis produced a brilliant counter-attack, which culminated with Nabil Fekir restoring the lead, but Barcelona, three minutes into the first-half stoppage time, even it up as Sergio Busquets finding his range when a free kick from Messi landed straight to him. Lenglet would score the final goal of the match, converting a lovely corner from the Barcelona captain, although it wasn’t the last bit of dram that unfolded. The last two goalscorers, Fekir and Lenglet received their second yellow cards as both teams reduced to 10 players.
“This is a hugely significant win for us because Betis are a great team and were being roared on by their fans at home. This is a very important victory because it keeps us near the top of the table and it will give us a huge psychological boost,” Barca coach Quique Setien told a news conference.