Osasuna 1-4 Real Madrid: the men of Zinedine Zidane remain the top of LaLiga after an emphatic victory while Gareth Bale starts the rare competition
- Real Madrid won 4-5 on Sunday 1 in Osasuna to move six points away from Barcelona
- Unai Garcia gave the hosts a deserved 14-minute lead with a powerful header
- Isco hit the equalizer 19 minutes later and Sergio Ramos scored for the break. Vazquez stood up for Gareth Bale after the second League start of the Wales star in 2020
Real Madrid turned an uncomfortable path against fighting against Osasuna in a routine victory when they took another step to regain the title.
The side of Zinedine Zidane knew that this was a potential error and after 14 minutes they were behind. Unai Garcia dives from an angle of 12 meters a corner past Thibaut Courtois. But Madrid kept their head and was fast level.
Gareth Bale was in the team for his first start in the competition since January 4 and at 33 minutes he was involved with the equalizer. His shot was half blocked and when it saluted to the impressive Isco balloon and past Sergio Herrera to make it 1-1.
Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid the lead, up close when Luka Modric came up close and deep angle was returned over the face of the goal by Casemiro.
The fiery fans of Osasuna were furious. Ramos had previously left with a terrible challenge on Ruben Garcia. The captain should have been carded and the card could have been red, but the error on Ruben Garcia's left ankle remained unpunished and now he had risen to nod his team in the lead.
Ramos was not the last border challenge of the game. Nacho Vidal flew in to Fede Valverde and received a yellow card. And Inigo Perez then went into Lucas Vazquez late and, like Ramos, was not even warned.
Lucas put daylight in between Real Madrid and Osasuna. The substitute, who replaced Bale in 70 minutes, got the third with five minutes.
Modric played Karim Benzema through the middle and cleverly delayed his pass, waiting for Lucas to run after the Osasuna defense and shoot past Herrera who got a hand on the shot but didn't hit the ball could hold.
Luka Jovic put the icing on the cake for Madrid. The Serbian struggled for goals, but as a late substitute, he shot the ball into the net to make it 4-1 at 92 minutes from the pass of Fede Valverde
The Modric conductor had played in Valverde. He had run the game from midfield and made a difficult game easy.
With the Croatian finding his best form, Jovic involved in the goals, and Bale back, everything comes together for Zidane with Manchester City on the horizon.
& # 39; This is a difficult program just to listen to this sound, & # 39; Casemiro said after the game while the Osasuna supporters brought their beaten team to serenade. It would have been difficult on paper, but in the field the professionalism and efficiency of Madrid had yielded everything except.
& # 39; He will give us a lot from here until the end of the season & # 39 ;: Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will continue to count on & # 39; Gareth Bale during the remaining months of the campaign
- ] Real Madrid defeated Osasuna 4-1 at El Sadar Stadium in La Liga on Sunday
- Gareth Bale started the competition, his first competition match in more than one month
- Welshman played a major role this season with injuries affecting him
- Zinedine Zidane expects that he will play a major role for the rest of the season
The former Tottenham played for 71 minutes and was involved with Isco & # 39; s leveler in his first LaLiga performance since January 4.
Further goals from Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic extended Real's lead at the top of the table over Barcelona .
Bale largely plays a part-part role this season with injuries that hit him and constantly talk about a tense relationship with his head coach.
& # 39; He is a major player, & # 39; Zidane told at a press conference reported by Marca. "He has done 65 good minutes offensive and defensive, he has tried and he is an important player.
" The problem is that they want us to have a problem with Gareth, but we don't have one.
& # 39; There are many players, it is not easy to manage all of that, but in the end he is a very important player and little by little he will continue to play like the others. & # 39;
Even though Bale is strongly associated with a relocation of the Bernabeu in recent transfer windows, his agent Jonathan Barnett hinted that the 30-year-old will arrange the rest of his contract with Real.
Zidane has sometimes used the Welshman sparingly, leaving the recent derby with Atletico Madrid for tactical reasons.
missed Thursday's 4-3 home defeat to Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, but with a number of important games coming up, including the Champions League final-16 draw with Manchester City, the former Southampton- player required.
Madrid's boss Zidane added: "He is doing well, he has given everything in attack and defense."
& # 39; He was a little bit physical, hence the change. He will give us a lot until the end of the season. We will count on him. & # 39;
Isco impressed in Pamplona while substitute Jovic scored his second goal for Madrid since his summer move.
& # 39; You can tell him many things, but if he doesn't score a goal, he's not happy, & # 39; said Zidane about Jovic, ex-Eintracht Frankfurt. "He needs to improve, but I'm happy for his goal."
Osasuna supporters may have dreamed of a shock when they took an early lead, but Madrid fought back to level via Isco before Ramos was on his way home in the 38th minute.
It remained 2-1 for a long time until substitute Vazquez added a third with six minutes and another sub Jovic shot home in a halt.
& # 39; There is no problem & # 39 ;: Zinedine Zidane insists there is no gap with Gareth Bale after leaving him consecutively from THREE squadrons … before choosing him in the starting line-up to take on Osasuna
- Gareth Bale has not been selected for the last three Real Madrid match days
- Yet manager Zinedine Zidane says that there is no problem between the pair ]
- Bale was returned to the starting eleven for Sunday's game against Osasuna
The Real Madrid manager did not select the 30-year-old in the match day for the last three games against Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad while the winger recovered from a sprained ankle.
But Bale, who played 15 games in Madrid this season, was recalled this weekend and Zidane rejected speculation about the couple's relationship.
GARETH BALE IN 2019-20
- Appearance: 15
- Goals: 3
- Assists: 2
- Yellow cards: 1
- Red cards: 1
Statistics according to Transfermarkt
& # 39; I'm not going to discuss what I told him and other players about & # 39 ;, he told the Spanish outlet Marca .
& # 39; I can only choose a certain number of players for each game, and our team is very large.
& # 39; I'm counting on him this weekend because I know what he can give us. There is no Gareth (sic) solution, because there is no problem.
& # 39; It means nothing that he hasn't played the last few games, and I am convinced that he will play an important role between now and the end of the season. & # 39;
Table top Madrid is three points in second place in Barcelona, who travel to Real Betis on Sunday evening.
Real was surprisingly taken out of the Copa Del Rey by Real Sociedad on Thursday in Bernabeu.
But Zidane's side has won their last four games in the league, including a crucial derby victory last week thanks to a Karim Benzema goal against Atletico.
Gareth Bale wanted to make Chinese football great & # 39; after he made an offer that & # 39; impossible to refuse & # 39; was before Real Madrid refused the offer to sell him, according to agent … and he WILL NOT move to Premier League
- Gareth Bale reportedly wanted to raise Chinese football & # 39; after an offer
- Welsh star received an offer from an unnamed club that & # 39; impossible & # 39; was to refuse & # 39;
- His agent, Jonathan Barnett, insists that the former Tottenham star will not leave
- Bale was strongly linked to a return to North London, but negotiations collapsed in
- And Barnett admitted that a second Premier League spell now seems unlikely
Gareth Bale was determined to magnify & # 39; Chinese soccer & # 39; after receiving a lucrative offer from an unnamed team, according to his agent.
The international Wales seemed to be leaving Real Madrid in the summer, only for the club to reject the large cash offer, despite the willingness of Zinedine Zidane to allow Bale To leave.
And Jonathan Barnett admitted that although Bale had set his heart on a move to Asia, the rumor Tottenham target is likely to remain at the Bernabeu this year.
The winger, who is without contract in 2022, was offered another escape route from Madrid by a club from the Chinese Super League – only for Real to reject the approach.
Barnett told AS : & he was offered an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid would not sell it. They [the Chinese club] could not afford what Madrid wanted.
& # 39; He wanted to create an inheritance. He wanted to raise Chinese football. He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He has won everything he can win, and he has done it many times. But it wouldn't be like that … And the money was special too. It would have made him the best-paid player on the planet.
& # 39; He doesn't want to go anywhere. China was something completely different. He plays for Real Madrid, you know. & # 39;
Tottenham is supposed to have negotiated with Real Madrid on a return to Bale, although the deal collapsed with the 30-year-old who did not want to pay to force the movement.
But Barnett believes that a return to the Premier League is now unlikely, because Bale's experiences in Madrid are likely to cause the Welshman to choose an equally lavish lifestyle as part of his next career move.
He added: “It's what his lifestyle wants. He loves Madrid. His children have been around since they were babies, they speak Spanish, believe it or not. The entire lifestyle is fantastic.
I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, beautiful. It is ice cold here. If you are one of the best football players you have ever played, why do you want … & # 39;
Bale was forced to watch from the stands while Real was taken by Real Sociedad from the Copa del Rey beaten earlier this week, with the fissuring superstar who left the stadium eight minutes before the end of the collision.
But despite the tense relationship between Bale and the fanbase of the club, Barnett defended his client.
& # 39; He wants to avoid traffic, he wants to go home. He is not in the team and he wants to go home, & he said to AS.
& # 39; You can't kill him for that. They lost and he was very upset. & # 39;
Gareth Bale returns to Real Madrid to visit Osasuna while Zinedine Zidane denies gulf between him and the Wales superstar … but Eden Hazard remains wounded
Gareth Bale is back in the Real Madrid team for the first time in more than a month after recording for Sunday's game in Osasuna, although Eden Hazard did not make the team while continuing its team restoring a ankle injury.
Bale, Real & # 39; s signing the record, last played in the league in a 3-0 win over Getafe on January 4, but missed the Spanish Super Cup due to illness and then injured his ankle in the victory of Copa del Rey in Unionistas de Salamanca.
He returned to training shortly thereafter, but was ignored for last week's victory over Atletico Madrid and the quarter-final defeat of Copa del Rey by Thursday's Real Sociedad.
But coach Zinedine Zidane said there was no problem between him and the 30-year-old Wales International Bale, who is the club has helped win four Champions League titles during his time in the Spanish capital, but continues to share the support of the club.
& # 39; I have to make a squadron list and sometimes it is not in it, but there is no problem, it is not a lack of respect, & # 39; Zidane told a press conference prior to the Osasuna competition, before revealing his team.
& # 39; We are still counting on him and he wants to fight for his place in the team. He hasn't been on the team lately, but we still count on him, we know what he can give us. & # 39;
Hazard, who Re already signed for 100 million euros ($ 109.43 million) when he joined in June, is more than two weeks back in training after injuring his ankle against Paris St Germain on November 26, but is still not in the team after missing the Atletico game.
Real topped the standings with a three-point lead over Barcelona's closest challengers, but will be looking for a response after losing 4-3 at home to Sociedad to leave the Copa del Rey, which is their first defeat was in a competition since October.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro also returns to the team to visit Osasuna after missing the Real Sociedad defeat with a knock, as winger Lucas Vazquez and defender Dani Carvajal.
Gareth Bale quickly leaves during Real Madrid's 4-3 defeat to Real Sociedad when the side of Zinedine Zidane from the Copa del Rey crashed
- Real Madrid became 4 -3 reports by Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey
- Martin Odergaard, who is on loan to Sociedad, scored against his parent club
- Madrid star Gareth Bale was seen leaving the ground 10 minutes before full time
- Real Madrid club rules say that non-team players may leave early
Gareth Bale made a hasty exit while his teammates were still playing Real Sociedad in their 4-3 defeat on Thursday evening.
The side of Zinedine Zidane crashed out of the Copa del Rey when borrower Martin Odergaard scored to pile up the misery on the Santiago Bernebeu.
With eight minutes on the clock, the 30-yea r-old was seen in his car that left the Bernebeu. Spanish outlet AS shared video footage of the attacker driving away in his Audi.
Bale watched from the sidelines, with club rules that stipulate that non-participating players may leave games after the 80 minutes.
It is not the first time that the former Spurs man leaves the ground for the first time. In January 2019, Bale fled the ground after a new defeat in the hands of Real Sociedad. On that occasion he left 12 minutes before the final whistle.
Zidane fielded a strong team for Sociedad on Thursday day, with names like Sergio Ramos, Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos mentioned in the first eleven.
However, they were unable to reverse the 1-0 first left deficit, with Sociedad running out of winners. Former Arsenal captain Nacho Monreal stood next to Odergaard for the visitors, as did former Manchester United youth Adnan Januzaj.
Barcelona was also packed after being lost to Atletico Bilbao to further widen the gap between Lionel Messi and the club heads.
Wales, golf, ESPORTS and then Madrid, Gareth? Welsh star Bale focuses on FIFA eClub World Cup launching its own online gaming team
- Gareth Bale has launched his own eSports team for the FIFA eClub World Cup
- ] The star of Real Madrid and Wales ventures into the world of online gaming
- His team, Ellevens Esports participates to various gaming tournaments
- Fans are already making a joke Bale will present his new venture for Real
- Christian Fuchs, Mesut Ozil and Ruud Gullit also have invested in eSports
De Welshman is co-owner of the eSports franchise together with 38 Entertainment Group, with the team founded by investor Jonathan Kark and former footballer Larry Cohen.
The 30- year old invited gamers from all over the world to participate in a talent hunt where they would have the opportunity to sign a professional contract with Ellevens Esports .
& # 39; There are similarities between football and eSports in that real dedication and sacrifice is needed to reach the top of your game, "Bale said in a statement.
The announcement on Monday saw fans joke that Bale's new business venture would be ahead of its current club Real Madrid, referring to the fact that last November he celebrated a Euro 2020 qualification from Wales with a banner with the text: & # 39; Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order. & # 39;
The banner raged Real fans and the Spanish media, who continued to question Bale's priorities and loyalty to the club .
However, the possibility of switching to eSports seems sensible given the exponential growth of the sport.
Prize money in eSports has grown in recent years and last year, American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won over £ 2.3 million ($ 3 million) after taking the top prize in a Fortnite tournament – more than the prize money that is offered at Wimbledon or the Masters.
That said, Bale is not the first football player to enter the sport.
Leicester City fully returned Christian Fuchs became the first Premier League star to launch its own team, NoFuchsGiven in 2018.
Together with Fuchs, Arsenal star launched Mesut Ozil his own team, while football legend Ruud Gullit also jumped on the eSports bandwagon.
Fuchs said last year: & The attraction of eSports is a part of everyday life now. Fortnite and FIFA are discussed in the same way that we are talking about football and rugby.
& # 39; [Fortnite streamer] Ninja is as big a star as Messi and Ronaldo, so I realized how professional and competitive [professional gamers] is, just as I am with everything I do. & # 39;
Apart from FIFA, Bale & # 39; s Ellevens are also planning to expand to other eSports multiplayer platforms such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite and Rocket League.
The FIFA eClub World Cup offers a total prize pool of £ 76,000 ($ 100,000) and a chance to earn Global Series Rankings points that players can use to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup in July.
There were a number of eliminated stars who could not move in the transfer period of day .
Transfer requests were met with unsuccessful negotiations, journeys around the world shuddered prematurely and dream return to boys' clubs was shattered – with various players now in the dark until the end of the campaign.
Sportsmail takes a look at the unfortunate ones who now face an uncertain future with their current clubs …
Tottenham were eventually forced to admit defeat on the deadline day after making a shock to former star Gareth Bale. Sportsmail announced on Thursday that the club in North London opened talks with Real Madrid about the international Wales, but the hefty wage of £ 600,000 per week from Bale played a role in the collapse of the deal.
Tottenham is believed to have even sent representatives to Madrid in an attempt to structure an ambitious package, but Bale hesitated to take a pay cut. And after the negotiations were brought to a failed conclusion, news emerged that Bale had been left out of the team to take on local rivals Atletico on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane was adamant that Bale would remain in the Spanish capital, but a step away from the LaLiga title hopeful in the summer could be a possibility where the winger seems to have fallen out of favor.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was visibly angry after revealing that there would be no charge business for transfer at Stamford Bridge.
The club's attempts to sign Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani proved fruitless, meaning that Olivier Giroud would be forced to stay in London. The Frenchman remained professional during the window, according to Lampard, but his desire to leave in search of regular playing time was made clear.
The World Cup winner attracted interest from Tottenham, Lazio, Inter Milan and West Ham, and is largely forced to play second fiddle behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
Giroud is likely to relocate a move in the summer, with some of Europe & # 39; s largest clubs definitely considering diving for the goalkeeper.
Despite handing in a transfer request in Paris Saint-Germain, Edinson Cavani remains until the end of time the campaign in the French capital.
The star striker has only six months left on his contract and wanted to secure a move to Atletico Madrid – but PSG was reluctant to let Cavani leave and did not receive suitable offers.
Reports indicated that Atletico was unable to match PSG's demands for the frontman, who was struggling to anticipate Inter Milan's borrower Mauro Icardi in the pecking order.
Chelsea would also be interested in moving to Cavani, while boss Lampard asks the club for his attack options, but the 32-year-old now seems to be leaving for free in the summer.
Serbian midfielder from Manchester United admitted that he is open to renew his contract with Old Trafford, but talks about a new deal have yet to start.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even believes that Matic has now played his best football since joining the Chelsea club – although the 31-year-old has always kept his future, it remains unclear.
Matic also revealed that several clubs had been interested in signing him last month, and the firm Benfica star & # 39; s contract expires at the end of the season.
But with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay still back from an injury, and the big-money signing of Bruno Fernandes, Matic can again struggle for regular match action despite his recent return to form.
Barcelona has made the incredible decision to close a deal to remove Cedric Bakambu from Beijing Guoan sign as the player flew from China to Spain.
The 28-year-old striker saw the humorous side of his situation and asked football website Transfermarkt to change the transfer history on his profile to & # 39; Almost Barcelona & # 39; to read.
The Catalan club closed negotiations to sign Bakambu – with a deadline and deal it seems like a security subject to medical. But the former Villarreal front man found out that Barcelona had instead turned his attention to other goals after the first leg of his flight.
Sports Director of Barcelona Eric Abidal brought the shocking news by telephone and Bakambu will now have to wait until the end of the suspension of the Chinese Super League to shake off the considerable setback.
Despite Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe refused to play speculation around Josh King's future, a move to Manchester United always seemed unlikely .
The Norwegian striker was reportedly disappointed after the Old Trafford giants informed the South Coast club that they would pursue other goals after they had not reached an agreement.
A £ 20 million bid that was submitted Thursday on Thursday was dismissed by the Bournemouth hierarchy as a & # 39; joke & # 39 ;, with top racers paying at least twice as much.
United eventually opted for a late deal with former Watford star Odion Ighalo, allowing King to focus on helping prevent relegation.
Howe admitted that King's absence had affected the shape of the Cherries, and said: "We have missed him since he was wounded, so we will be very reluctant to lose him," speaking as the manager. & # 39;
According to SPORT, Barcelona tried to take out a surprise loan for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.
The Catalan giants remained detached from Luis Suarez's knee injury, forcing the former Liverpool star to undergo surgery and exclude him for four months.
And after the club drew up a shortlist of replacement stop gaps, Rodrigo seemed ready for a Nou Camp switch. But Valencia was supposed to be open only to discuss a permanent deal and the negotiations ended prematurely.
Rodrigo, who returned from an injury to the Mestalla outfit against the title hunters of Quique Setien, was eventually denied the opportunity to impress alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Highly-acclaimed Lyon frontman Moussa Dembele was reportedly also coveted by Chelsea last month, but both the player and the club president were determined that the former Celtic star would stay in France.
There were reports that a £ 34 million bid was rejected by the Ligue 1 giants, but the Blues were ultimately unable to offer further competition for Tammy Abraham, much to the dismay of boss Lampard.
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas said at the start of J anuary: & Moussa is an excellent player. A player we need. We take explicit measures in our recruitment to not engage anyone who will compete for his position. & # 39;
But with Manchester United also being touted to make a move for the 23-year-old, Dembele seems to be making a Premier League switch sooner rather than later.
Crystal Palace hoped to make a deal that amounted to £ 10 million with West Brom for England Under-20 defended Nathan Ferguson on the day of the deadline.
But a doctor marked a knee problem – and Sportsmail believes that the problem would require surgery, meaning that the switch was eventually canceled.
The two clubs threw an agreement earlier in the week about the 19-year-old, but further talks after the setback w cannot lead to a solution to the deal.
Palace set up Ferguson as their replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who came to Manchester United for £ 50 million last summer – and suffered further late disappointment after goal Jarrod Bowen came to West Ham.
Ferguson will remain in the Midlands for the rest of the season, with a new future that may depend on correcting the knee problem that derailed his chance of a top flight.
Despite the dilemma of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, Victor Wanyama is unable to identify himself in his first team plans in North force London. The career of the former Celtic midfield enforcer seems to be in balance after the loan requests from Amiens and Leganes gave up.
His pay package of £ 65,000 a week also caused a return to the Scottish prime minister crashing into the buffers, of which Wanyama thought he was not prepared to take a wage cut to force the move.
But with 18 months to go on his contract, the Kenyan international will now watch the rest of the campaign with limited opportunities to impress under Mourinho.
A permanent transfer certainly beckons at the end of the season, but Wanyama will probably have to make compromises to ensure that his nightmare in the capital is finally ended.
Tottenham forced to abolish a bold bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the club, despite sending representatives to Spain to convince Real Madrid to sell
Tottenham has admitted defeat in their ambitious trick to fight. bring Gareth Bale back to the club.
Sportsmail announced on Thursday how Spurs had conducted talks with Real Madrid about the possibility of resigning Wales internationally, although there was mainly pessimism about their chances because of Bale & # 39; s mammoth £ 600,000 wages per week.
Nevertheless, the club in North London has really made an effort to secure the most shocking transfer of the January window.
Tottenham, it is understood, even went to send representatives to Madrid to negotiate a possible deal with their real counterparts.
With Bale reluctant to take a wage cut – and Spurs knew they couldn't match his wages – the Premier League club knew they had to be creative in structuring a deal that would suit all parties used to be.
An option would have paid Tottenham Real a fee of about £ 45 million for Bale, which would then be repaid directly to the Welshman, whose current deal expires in 2022, with Tottenham then paying the attacker his £ 31 million salary loss over a two and a half year agreement.
There was a certain amount of hope so late on Thursday that a deal was possible, but the finances associated with the deal turned out to be too expensive.
Jose Mourinho was fully behind the club's attempts to sign Bale after he identified the Southampton academician during his time at Manchester United.
Tottenham now & # 39; believe they can get a deal TODAY for Gareth Bale & # 39; after Daniel Levy Real Madrid tried to charm to move January
The Welsh superstar left the club in 2013 for what was then a world transfer fee of £ 85 million.
Spurs have not yet agreed on compensation for the winger and his amazing contract of £ 500,000 per week can prove to be a bottleneck.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy reportedly traveled to Madrid for talks with his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez to deal for the 30-year-old.