Real Madrid’s perfect start in La Liga was halted by 10-man Osasuna on Sunday as Karim Benzema missed a penalty after coming back from injury in a dramatic 1-1 draw.
Injuries to Luka Modric and Thibaut Courtois left Real depleted at the Santiago Bernabéu, but they took the lead when a cross from Vinicius Junior beat Sergio Herrera.
Courtois’ substitute Andrei Lunin was caught by Quique Garcia’s head when Osasuna equalized shortly after half-time, but the hosts were awarded a penalty when David Garcia shoved Benzema, earning himself a red card.
However, Benzema hit the crossbar with Osasuna clinging to him, snapping Real’s winning streak and leaving them below Barcelona at the top.
3 – Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has failed three penalties against Osasuna in La Liga, all in 2022, more than against any other opponent in the competition. Error. pic.twitter.com/lgyFysAIqM
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 2, 2022
Osasuna performed as well as they could during a wild opening, passing tricky winger Abde Ezzalzouli twice at half-time.
Benzema almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion after a cross from Vinicius in the 37th minute, clipping the left post with an acrobatic volley, but Real Madrid didn’t have to wait long for the first kick.
A cross from Vinicius eluded Benzema and then pressed into the bottom right corner in the 41st minute, with a VAR review awarding the goal following a Benzema decision that did not interfere with play from an offside position.
However, it only took Osasuna five minutes to equalize after the break, as Quique’s glancing header missed Lunin and hit the top left corner, stunning the Bernabéu and silencing them.
While Madrid seemed to be running out of ideas, Garcia’s clumsy foul on Benzema led to the sacking of the defender and gave the France striker a chance to win the match with 11 minutes left.
However, the Ballon d’Or favorite had a hard time getting stuck in the crossbar before a header from Rodrigo Gouza in stoppage time as Osasuna held on.
What does it mean? Madrid loses a perfect record
Carlo Ancelotti’s side came into Sunday’s game as the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to boast a 100 per cent win this season, but they weren’t really convinced as Osasuna ended their perfect streak.
The result means that Madrid failed to win their first seven games of the season for only the fourth time in La Liga history and saw them succumb to the top spot against bitter rivals Barcelona.
Benzema pays penalty again
Madrid fared well while Benzema was sidelined with a knee injury in September, but the France international had a chance to show determination on his return after being awarded a penalty in the 79th minute.
However, Benzema pushed his lines, not for the first time against Osasuna. Notably, he has failed to score three penalties against them in La Liga this year, and in April Herrera saved two penalties.
Kike attracts visitors in uniform
Osasuna came into this match with 12 points from the first six matches of the La Liga season (W4 D0 L2), matching their start to the memorable 2005-06 campaign when they finished fourth.
The visitors were a real menace at half-time throughout the first half, and in the end, few were surprised when Quique scored his second goal of the season to equalize the match shortly after half-time.
Real Madrid host Shakhtar Donetsk in Spain for the Champions League game on Wednesday, while Osasuna will be next in the game when they host Valencia in La Liga on Friday.