Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Barcelona draw to lose 100% record!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Barcelona draw to lose 100% record!

Osasuna were superb defensively and took advantage of some requisite luck and Barcelona's inability to finish their chances to keep the league leaders to a scoreless draw at El Sadar Stadium.

Osasuna's day got off to a rough begin as Sisi was forced off after suffering an injury either to either left hamstring or knee. He went down initially after planting his weight on the leg as he tried to beat Carles Puyol to a ball and lasted only a minute as he tried to play through. He was replaced by Manuel Omwu.Los Rojillos responded well, though, and despite all the usual possession and pressure you'd expect to see Barcelona put on their opponent, Osasuna stood tall and kept the game scoreless. Cesc Fbregas, playing in Lionel Messi's false nine role, was particularly ineffective wasting several good chances created by Neymar, who was excellent in the first half.

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra had a glorious chance to fracture the deadlock one minute from the fracture after getting a free header six-yards from goal off a corner. Instead of directing the ball into the blank net, Bartra header shot upwards and well over the crossbar.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi recovered from a hamstring injury to make a return to the Barca side as a second-half substitute but was unable to inspire his team on to victory.

Real Madrid had earlier defeated Malaga 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, a result that sees Barca's early season lead over their rivals cut down to just two points.

Atletico Madrid have the chance to leapfrog Barca at the summit of the table when they travel to Espanol later upon Saturday evening.

Should Atletico, managed by ex-Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone, better Barca's result then they will become the new La Liga leaders.


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