First Division - Day 4

Barcelona 1 - Osasuna 1

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Puyol, Reiziger, Cocu (Márquez 82'), Van Bronckhorst; Xavi (Quaresma 58'), Gerard; Saviola, Ronaldinho, Luis Enrique (Overmars 68'); Kluivert. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Sanzol; Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Antonio López; Puñal, Pablo García; Valdo (Iván Rosado 65'), Muñoz, Moha (Gorka García 70'); Bakayoko (Webó 80'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Barça: No change / Osasuna: Muñoz for Aloisi.

0-1. 53. Cruchaga. Angled header down past Valdés following corner from Puñal.
1-1. 69. Ronaldinho. Collected Sanzol clearance and hit low shot in off Izquierdo.

Barcelona missed out on the chance to join Valencia at the top of the table when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna, their second consecutive such result in the Nou Camp this season. Rijkaard lined up again with Kluivert, Saviola and Ronaldinho in his side, but they were unable to break down a well ordered defence throughout the first half. Saviola and Luis Enrique both shot wide, Ronaldinho was closed down when advancing on goal and Luis Enrique had another shot blocked before the break.

Osasuna's only attempt at goal in the first 45 minutes was a header from Bakayoko right at the start, but eight minutes in to the second half Cruchaga lost his marker to head Puñal's corner past Víctor Valdés. Rijkaard brought on Quaresma and Overmars to give his side width, and a few minutes after coming on the Catalans got the equaliser, Quaresma's cross being cleared by Sanzol only as far as Ronaldinho, who's wayward shot was deflected into his own net by right back Izquierdo.

Barça kept up the pressure after the goal, and Kluivert got the ball in the net near the end only to see the strike ruled out as Saviola was offside. But all in all it was a disappointing performance by the Blaugrana, who have not been able to beat Osasuna in their last six meetings. They go on to Slovakia for their first round UEFA cup match, hoping for a good result to stop their season from going off the rails even at this early stage.