Real Madrid were far from their free flowing and fluent best but did enough to beat La Liga strugglers Osasuna 3-1 on Saturday to return to the top of the league.
- Osasuna 1 Real Madrid 3
- Ronaldo opens the scoring
- Leon equalises
- Isco moves Real back in front
- Vazquez seals it
Madrid were made to work hard but eventually had enough quality to beat lowly Osasuna. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real before Sergio Leon brought his team level.
Isco would eventually put the visitors back in front in the 62nd minute while Lucas Vazquez sealed the points in injury time with a confident chipped finish.
After a quiet opening 20 minutes in which both sides were feeling each other out, Real Madrid would finally put an incisive move together which led to Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four minutes later from Karim Benzema's assist.
However, Osasuna were showing plenty of fighting spirit and came back into the contest in the 33rd minute when Sergio Leon was put clear after Real were caught on the break and he clipped the ball over Keylor Navas.
Both Navas and home team keeper Salvatore Sirigu both had to make some good saves moments later as action raced from one end to the other. After the break, Real's keeper was again called in to action to make a great save from another Leon strike.
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Yet, Los Blancos would make their quality count when Isco struck the second in the 62nd minute after he picked up a loose ball in the box and converted confidently into the far corner past Sirigu. Osasuna were largely having efforts on goal from range in the remaining 20 minutes without really looking like scoring.
The Europeans champions then put the game to bed in injury time when Lucas Vazquez broke forward into the box and chipped the keeper with great confidence to seal the points. The victory means Real move back to the pinnacle of Spain's top flight ahead of Barcelona.
Saturday's other La Liga results:
Real Betis 0-0 Valencia
Deportivo Alaves 0-6 Barcelona
Athletic Club 2 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna