CA Osasuna 0-3 FC Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Match Review

A frustrating game, with a sweet finish!

After a massive victory against Gladbach midweek, Luis Enrique and his men traveled to Pamplona for the away fixture against Osasuna. On the surface, this game appeared to be easy pickings for the European juggernauts; the Catalans were six points adrift from their eternal rivals, and were hoping to collect all three points against the worst performing club in La Liga so far. Could Los Rojillos pull out a surprise?


First Half:

Kick off.

The atmosphere at El Sadar was electric from the go! Known for it’s hostile, noisy setting, support for The Reds was aggressive, and it looked like the home side wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

In the opening moments of the game, an early opportunity fell to the home side, as Sergio Leon received a dangerous through, but Gerard Pique was on hand to tackle at the final moment and send the ball behind the line for a corner.

After 8 minutes of play, a great lobbed ball from Messi found Luis Suarez who turned on his marker’s shoulders, before going one on one with the keeper but the angle was too tight. The Uruguayan got his shot off which slipped past the keeper and went just wide. The Blaugrana looked to be opening up space on the wide pitch of El Sadar and the tone for the rest of the match looked to be slowly setting in.

A few minutes later, Samuel Umtiti made a great play as he made a run past midfield to find Jordi Alba with a driving vertical through-ball. The Spaniard made a quick cross in the penalty area to a loitering Luis SUarez, who uses his body weight to hold off his marker. With no options in support, the Uruguayan made a quick turn to take a shot, but the incredibly tight angle on a dead ball forced his shot to bounce off the post

The chances continued to pile on for Barca as Sergi Roberto put Luis Suarez on goal. The striker drew the opposition defence onto himself, before teeing the ball to an open Lionel Messi. The Argentine’s powerful drive, clicked the ankles of a spread out Perez, before going behind for a corner that amounted to nothing.

Soon after the previous play, Messi was once more on the receiving end of an Arda Turan cross at the sixteen minute mark. The Turk had a made a beautifully weighted delivery into the box, that required little to no work from the Argentine striker. However, Messi met the ball with a soft header that fell straight to the keeper.

As if things weren’t frustrating enough, another chance for Messi was laid to waste, as Sergi Roberto made a slicing pass to Luis Suarez on the right, who had a charging Messi in support. The ball was squared, and Messi’s first touch was sublime. Having had experience with the keeper’s ankles, Messi tried to chip the ball over, but was denied again by another excellent save.

In a rare Osasuna attack, the Reds managed a cross from the right flank that glided past Gerard Pique and fell to De Las Cuevas. A quick delivery to the centre drifted teasingly beyond Ter Stegen to the far post; there was no one to make it count. After a large stretch of play, this was Osasuna’s first real chance of the game and one had to wonder, how more they could create.

The clock continued to tick, and Barca continued to put pressure on Los Rojillos defence.

As the referee blew the whistle for half time, Osasuna would have been pleased, to finally get a breather.

Second Half:

Plenty of early chances fell to the Blaugrana as the game resumed after the break.

Riera went on a great solo run in a quick counter-attack, and took a dangerous shot from thirty yards off, which rattled the cross bar. If it wasn’t for the woodwork, the Catalans could have been behind in a shock move.

Barcelona were quick to recover however, and continued to play a 3-5-2 with an overcrowded midfield.

At the hour mark, after a long stretch of possession, Messi sliced the defence to find Jordi Alba. The full-back squared the ball towards the far post, into the path of an arriving Suarez who finished the move off with a simple tap-in making it 0-1.

Having broken the deadlock, the Blaugrana looked firmly in control. A weaving run from Sergi Roberto found Messi. The Argentine went on a mazy run of his own before pulling back, and teeing a shot for himself through Osasuna’s defensive wall, but it was straight at the goal-keeper.

After 72 minutes of game time, Lionel Messi finally found the back of the net to make it 0-2. Denis slipped the ball to Alba on the overlap who made an early cross to Messi. The forward made another chipped attempt on goal, but this time, his shot dipped into the bottom corner.

To add some sweetness to a frustrating night, the Argentina would increase his tally for the night with a finish in the dying moments of the game.

0-3.

The referee had blown his whistle to call an end to the game.


While the first half of the season was characterised with impotent passing through the flanks, the last few weeks have shown a rejuvenated Barca that creates through the middle. Although one can argue that this match was slow, the kind of build-up that the team used patient and intensional, as they looked to pry open Osasuna’s bus.

It might take a while before this team reconnects with it’s identity, but it sure looks to be on course for an uprising.

Onward and upward.

What did you think of the game? Do you think this game was a positive? Let us know in the comments below!

WATCH: Leo Messi embarrasses the whole Osasuna team to score

Simply amazing

He’s done it again. Lionel Messi’s individual brilliance has secured his brace and the three points for Barcelona thanks to an amazing solo goal against a helpless Osasuna defense.

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Messi collected possession in midfield and dribbled past several different players, as he does. After entering the box surrounded by at least four opposing players, he somehow found a way to elude them all and slam a finish into the net for his second goal of the match.

We’re honestly spoiled by his magic on the field that goals like this seem routine for him. However this would likely be a normal player’s best goal of their career, while this one might not even make a Top 20 list. We’re lucky to be able to say we got to watch the greatest soccer player of all-time in his prime.

Osasuna vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Final Score 0-3 as Barça dominate on the road

Easy game, great win!

Barcelona are finally back to the winning ways after three consecutive draws in La Liga thanks to a dominant 3-0 win on the road against Osasuna, with goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi (2). The Blaugrana were in control for the entire 90 minutes, found the goals in the second half and picked up three important points away from home.

FIRST HALF

Barça were fantastic to start the game, displaying great use of possession and off-ball movement to find spaces and create chances in the first 20 minutes. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez had two major chances each, and if it wasn’t for the Osasuna goalkeeper, the Blaugrana would be up at least three goals.

The pressure and quality of play dropped a bit from the visitors in the final minutes of the half, but the Catalans were dominant enough to merit a victory in the second half. They just needed to score.

SECOND HALF

Sergio León nearly scored a spectacular goal on the counter in Osasuna’s first chance of the second half, and Barça really needed to score and wrap up the win before things got out of hand. And boy did they do that in style.

A simply spectacular team play with passes from side to side, great dribbling and beautiful secondary runs ended up with Messi setting up Jordi Alba for an easy assist to Suárez, who tapped it into an open net and gave Barça the lead. Fifteen minutes later, another great team move, another assist for Jordi Alba, and Leo Messi got on the scoresheet to confirm Barça’s win. Messi scored his second of the game in the final minute to seal the deal.

Osasuna naturally went forward looking for a consolation goal, but the Blaugrana kept the clean sheet and recorded a very good victory with a very good performance. Job done.


Osasuna: Nauzet; Oier (Tano), Flaño (García), Márquez, Clerc; Cuevas, Torres, Causic, Berenguer; León, Riera (Kenan)

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Gomes (Rafinha), Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Arda (Denis)

Goals: Suárez (58′), Messi (72′, 90+2′)

WATCH: Leo Messi doubles Barcelona’s advantage over Osasuna

Points secured?

After a first half of blown opportunities, Barcelona have found their finishing shoes in the second half. After Luis Suarez gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at Osasuna, Lionel Messi gave them some cushion just 13 minutes later after another great passing move.

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Jordi Alba’s cutback ball found Messi open in front of goal. His bobbled finish found its way over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the game’s second goal. Barcelona have 15 minutes to hang on to their 2-0 lead and secure an important three points away from home.

WATCH: Luiz Suarez opens scoring vs. Osasuna

Beautiful goal.

Barcelona have finally opened the scoring against Osasuna 59 minutes into their La Liga match. It’s been a match full of wasted chances for the Blaugrana, but they finally have the breakthrough thanks to some fantastic passing.

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A very long passing sequence ended with Lionel Messi setting up Arda Turan for the primary assist to Luis Suarez. A clinically executed play that you come to expect from this side.

Messi had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the first half but was unable to finish in front of goal. It was his decisive pass before the assist that really made the play happen.

Osasuna vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Confirmed Lineups, Live Game Thread

A lunchtime kick off in Pamplona.

LINEUPS

Osasuna starting lineup (4-4-2):

13. Nauzet Pérez | 6. Oier, 4. Miguel Flaño, 33. Ivan Márquez, 21. Carlos Clerc | 10. Roberto Torres, 8. Goran Čaušić, 20. Miguel de las Cuevas 7. Sergio León | 9. Oriol Riera, 11. Berenquer

Substitutes: 1. Mario Fernández, 3. Tano Bonnín, 5. David Garcia, 12. Emmanuel Rivière, 19. Kenan Kodro, 15. Unai Garcia, 16. Juan Fuentes

Manager: Joaquín Caparrós

*****

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3):

1. Marc-André ter Stegen | 20. Sergi Roberto, 3. Gerard Piqué, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 18. Jordi Alba | 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 21. André Gomes | 7. Arda Turan, 10. Lionel Messi, 9. Luis Suárez

Substitutes: 13. Jasper Cillessen, 14. Javier Mascherano, 19. Lucas Digne, 6. Denis Suárez, 4. Ivan Rakitić, 12. Rafinha, 17. Paco Alcácer

Manager: Luis Enrique


MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV, ONLINE

Date/Time: Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 1:00pm local time (CET), 12:00am BST (UK), 7:00am ET, 4:00am PT (US), 5:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera

TV listings: beIN SPORTS (US & Canada), beIN SPORTS En Español (US & Canada, Spanish), Sky Sports 5 (UK), Sony Six SD/HD (India), beIN La Liga (Spain), elsewhere

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (US, Canada, Spain), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (US & Canada, free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)

FC Barcelona News: 10 December 2016; 18 in squad for Osasuna trip

FC Barcelona arrive in Navarra – FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have arrived in Navarra this Friday evening, ready for the 1.00pm CET kick-off on Saturday at El Sadar, home of Osasuna, where Luis Enrique will be hoping to lead the team back to winning ways after three consecutive draws in LaLiga.

Match Preview: Osasuna v FC Barcelona in Week 15 of La Liga – FC Barcelona
With a confidence-boosting, mid-week triumph folded up neatly and tucked firmly in their rear pockets, a reinvigorated Futbol Club Barcelona take their act deep into the Spanish countryside this weekend — to Pamplona, to be exact — where they won’t exactly be running with the bulls, but rather battling with local outfit and La Liga cellar-dwellers Osasuna in a bid to scoop up three vital points and ratchet up the pressure on their chief antagonists perched at the top of the table.

FC Barcelona squad announced for Pamplona – FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr sits out this trip through suspension, although the enforced break will give the Brazilian some time to get over the muscle fatigue that’s been troubling him of late. The injured Jeremy Mathieu also stays at home, while there’s no room for Masip or Aleix Vidal either.

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique: Osasuna is no ordinary game – FC Barcelona
Speaking the day before the 1.00pm CET kick-off in Pamplona, first team coach discusses the merits of Sergi Roberto and André Gomes, among other subjects

Barcelona vs Osasuna, 2016 live stream: Time, TV Schedule and How to Watch La Liga Online

Can Barça beat the worst team in the Spanish league? Watch it live!

Barcelona return to league action on Saturday afternoon in Spain, as the Catalan giants travel to Pamplona to face Osasuna on the road. And on paper, this should be very easy for Barça.

Just consider this: Osasuna are the worst team in La Liga. Literally. They’ve won just one match all season in all competitions, they’re yet to win at home, they’re on a six-game losing streak and have the worst squad in the first division. They just can’t compare to a team like Barça, and they absolutely should lose.

And that’s where things get tricky. As crazy as it sounds, Barça have played some of their worst football in games they should win easily, and they’ve dropped quite a lot of points against very poor opponents, and that has led to the Blaugrana falling six points behind Real Madrid in the title race. Perhaps the sense of urgency and the obligation to win against such a bad team will help Barça play better, and finally pick up three points in a should-win game.

Can Barça do it? We shall find out.

This promises to be a fun game, and if Barça are engaged, they should score quite a few goals, especially with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez on the pitch. That means you just can’t miss it.


Date/Time: Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 1pm local time (CET), 12pm BST (UK), 7am ET, 4am PT (US), 5:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Estádio El Sadar, Pamplona, Spain

Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera

TV listings: beIN SPORTS (US & Canada), beIN SPORTS En Español (US & Canada, Spanish), Sky Sports 5 (UK), Sony Six SD/HD (India), beIN La Liga (Spain), elsewhere

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (US, Canada, Spain), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (US & Canada, free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)

Osasuna vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Match Info, Team News, Possible Lineups, Injury Updates, more

The ultimate guide to Saturday’s early kickoff

Barcelona will look to return to the winning ways after three consecutive draws in La Liga, and they couldn’t have a better opportunity to do so than against the worst team in Spain’s first division, Osasuna, on Saturday’s early kickoff.

Even though the game is away from home, this shouldn’t be a difficult match for the Catalans. Osasuna have won only once in fifteen games this season in all competitions, and are coming off six straight losses. Unlike the other promoted teams, Los Rojillos came from the second division without any real additions to the squad in order to play La Liga, and they will be relegated quite easily unless some real work is done in the January transfer window.

Until January comes, though, they’re a weak team that hasn’t won at home yet, and even though they’ll try to make things tough for Barça and might do so for about 30 minutes, they should be an easy victim for Lionel Messi and Co. if the Catalan giants are engaged and looking to win and win comfortably.

If you’re a Barça fan, you’ll probably watch a good number of goals, so this promises to be fun. Below is the ultimate guide you need: who’s in, who’s out, probable lineups, start time, everything. Get ready for the game and Visca El Barça!


MATCH INFO

Date/Time: Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 1pm local time (CET), 12pm BST (UK), 7am ET, 4am PT (US), 5:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Estádio El Sadar, Pamplona, Spain

Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera


SQUAD LISTS

Osasuna squad: Mario, Nauzet, Tano, M. Flaño, David García, Unai García, Fuentes, Clerc, Márquez, Oier, Causic, R. Torres, Cuevas, Álex B, León, Riera, Rivière, Kenan

Out: Javier Flaño (Knee), Digard (Knee)

Barcelona squad: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Piqué, Mascherano, Umtiti, Roberto, Alba, Digne, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Gomes, Denis, Rafinha, Arda, Messi, Suárez, Alcácer

Out: Neymar (Suspension), Mathieu (Calf)


POSSIBLE LINEUPS


How will Barcelona line up on Saturday’s La Liga match against Osasuna?

We predict the Barça starters for Saturday’s early kickoff.

La Liga decided to make everybody wake up early to watch Barcelona this weekend. Unless you live in Asia (lucky people) everyone has to be up in the beginning hours of a Saturday to see the Blaugrana visit Osasuna searching for three vital points.

After a draw in El Clásico last weekend, the Catalan giants are now six points behind Real Madrid and cannot afford any more slip-ups against lower opposition. There have been lots of those this season, but they must stop if Barça will have any real chance of catching up to Los Blancos and winning a third consecutive league title.

Osasuna are a tricky team, and even though they’re at the bottom of the table, they can be a tough side to beat at home, and playing in Pamplona has never been easy for Barça. It could be very easy on Saturday given the terrible record of Los Rojillos this season, but they need to be at their best.

Perhaps it helps that Luis Enrique plans to play his strongest possible side. Having rested a lot of his heavy-minute players against Borussia Mönchengladbach and probably playing a lot of reserves and youngsters in the unnecessary friendly in Qatar coming up on Tuesday, Lucho will go all out and try to make a statement in Osasuna by having the Gala XI starting.

Marc-André ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suárez were all rested in the Champions League group stage finale, and it’d be insane if Enrique didn’t play all of them in Osasuna. They all would hate to be on the bench in consecutive matches, and it makes no sense to do that anyway.

That’s seven starters confirmed, and if you add Lionel Messi and Arda Turan, who will complete the attack, we only need to sort out two final spots in the lineup. Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti battle for a spot alongside Piqué, and Masche is likely to win that battle. He’s in very good form again, and he had three full days to recover after playing Gladbach.

The final spot is in midfield, and there are a lot of possibilities. André Gomes, Denis Suarez and Rafinha Alcântara all have good chances to start, and all three deserve it (especially Denis), but Andrés Iniesta is bulding up his fitness after returning from injury, and after a great 60-minute performance against Gladbach, the captain will probably start again and play for another 60-70 minutes.

So this is the most likely starting XI for Saturday:



Agree, Barça fans? What would be YOUR lineup?