First Division - Day 29

Real Madrid 2 - Osasuna 0

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Iván Helguera, Miguel Torres (Roberto Carlos 68'); Diarra, Emerson; Raúl, Higuaín, Robinho (Reyes 86'); Van Nistelrooy. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Ricardo; Javier Flaño, Cruchaga, Cuéllar, Monreal; Erice, Muñoz (Milosevic 62'); Valdo, David López, Juanlu (Azplilicueta 66'); Webó (Romeo 81'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Cannavaro, Emerson, Robinho for Michel Salgado, Gago, Guti / Osasuna: Cuéllar, Monreal, Valdo, Juanlu for Miguel Flaño, Corrales, Juanfran, Raúl García.

1-0. 24. Raúl. Latched on to Emerson headed pass to turn shot past Ricardo.
2-0. 84. Robinho. From close up after Ricardo couldn't hold on to Higuaín cross.

Real Madrid are now only two points behind leaders Barcelona and a point behind Sevilla after a 2-0 win over Osasuna, Both keepers were in action early on, Casillas to keep out a dangerous volley from David López and Ricardo to push away a Van Nistelrooy free kick. Midway through the first half Raúl opened the scoring, getting ahead of Cuéllar to poke the ball wide of the keeper after Emerson headed across Diarra's long pass. And Van Nistelrooy could have scored a second when he fired an effort over the bar close to the break.

Madrid started the second half well, with Emerson and then Sergio Ramos bringing good saves out of Ricardo. Cuéllar headed a David López free kick just over at the other end, but with ten minutes to go the locals wrapped things up, Robinho finishing off after Ricardo could only push out Higuaín's cross. There was still time for David López to test Casillas again, but the final whistle went soon afterwards, and Capello's side were back in the title race. Who would have thought it a couple of months ago?