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First Division - Day 9

Osasuna 0 - Barcelona 0

Osasuna: Andrés Fernández; Marc Bertrán, Loties, Arribas, Damià; Lolo, Gato Silva; Sisi (Omwu 05'), Roberto Torres, De las Cuevas (Oier 80'); Oriol Riera (Puñal 67'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Montoya, Marc Bartra, Puyol, Adriano; Xavi (Messi 67'), Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro (Tello 75'), Fàbregas, Neymar. 4-3-3.

Goals: None.

Yellow cards: Marc Bertrán 76', Adriano 83', Roberto Torres 89', Omwu 90'.

Barcelona dropped their first points of the season after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday, although they remain at the top of the table after Atlético Madrid lost later in the evening. With an important Champions League game coming up in Milan, Tata Martino rested several key players, and Messi started on the bench following his recent hamstring injury. Team captain Puyol was in the line-up for the first time in over seven months though after a double knee operation, and with nine home-grown players the visitors dominated the first half. However Andrés and his packed defence left little option for their opponents, and the keeper hardly had a save to make as Fàbregas, Pedro and Bartra all failed to covert chances. At the other end Valdés was just another spectator, his only intervention a save from a long shot by Roberto Torres before the break, and although Fàbregas did get through a couple of times after the restart, he lobbed the first shot at the keeper and fired the second way over the crossbar. Messi eventually came on, but even he could find no way through, and the Pamplona based side held on for a valuable point which takes them out of the bottom three. It was the first time that Barça had failed to score in the league since January 2011, but the draw was enough to keep them at the top of the pack prior to next weekend's "clásico" against Real Madrid.