Football, La Liga: Federico Valverde breaks the spell in Osasuna for Real Madrid

Status: 02/18/2023 10:56 p.m

Real Madrid have closed the gap to leaders FC Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga for the time being. A late goal from Federico Valverde put the Whites on the winning track at CA Osasuna.

In the table, coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team reduced the gap to arch-rivals Barca to five points for the time being. However, the team around the national goalkeeper can pull away again to eight points in the home game against FC Cadiz on Sunday (February 18th, 2023).

However, Real almost missed the fourth win in seven league games this year. Vinicius Junior in particular despaired in front of the opposing goal, the Brazilian missed a number of top chances and also scored once from an offside position after assisting David Alaba (52nd). Vinicius then provided the redeeming moment himself, he set up Valverde’s goal in the 78th minute. Shortly before the end, the 22-year-old scored his goal to make it 2-0 (89th).

Osasuna was close

In injury time, Marcos Asensio made it 3-0 (90+2), which, given the game that had been balanced for a long time, was not a reflection of the game. Before Valverde opened the scoring, Osasune also had several chances to score the first goal himself. The best chance was missed by Moi Gomez, who hit the post (62nd).