Hello everyone and welcome along to this Osasuna vs Barcelona live blog, where we’ll have all the latest updates from El Sadar as Xavi Hernandez‘s side look to get back on track. After being knocked out the Champions League in midweek, Barcelona‘s focus now returns to LaLiga Santander and they face this tough test against Osasuna.
Osasuna vs Barcelona FINAL SCORE: 2-2
This is the start of our LaLiga Santander live blog for Osasuna vs Barcelona, so follow along with us as we discuss the latest updates and provide minute-by-minute commentary, with the entries nearest the top the most recent ones.
Full time: OSASUNA HOLD BARCELONA TO A DRAW
That’s full time! It finishes 2-2, after a thrilling 90 minutes at El Sadar. Although Barcelona‘s youngsters Nico and Abde put the Catalan club ahead twice, goals from David Garcia and then Chimy Avila pegged them back each time. It’s a point apiece and Xavi has more work to do.
Minute 90+4: Osasuna almost counter
Barcelona send everybody except Ter Stegen up for a corner, but they can’t get the winning goal they’re looking for and then have to rush back as Osasuna look to counter. It fizzles out and it looks like this one will finish all square.
Minute 90+1: De Jong tries an overhead kick
Luuk de Jong goes for the spectacular, but his overhead kick isn’t even close to coming off. Barcelona will keep pushing, but they don’t have a reference point in attack.
Minute 90: Five minutes to go
Barcelona are back on the front foot after that equaliser. They’re pushing for the win, but are lacking ideas and rushing every attack. There’s five more minutes to go in this one.
Minute 85: GOAL!!! IT’S CHIMY AVILA!!!
Osasuna win a corner after a deflected shot and it falls to Chimy Avila at the edge of the area. The Argentine strikes it first time and it flies into Ter Stegen‘s bottom corner. It’s 2-2 and the crowd at El Sadar goes wild with delight.
Minute 80: But, Dembele can’t continue
Pique is carrying on, but Ousmane Dembele is off. That’s not as big a blow as losing Pique would have been since this game has become Osasuna attacking and Pique defending. He’s been magnificent.
Minute 73: Pique stays on and is joined by Mingueza
Pique is going to play through the pain, while he is joined by another centre-back as Oscar Mingueza comes on for Nico Gonzalez. Xavi and Barcelona are looking to shut down the back door for the final minutes.
Minute 68: An injury scare for Pique
Gerard Pique looks to have picked up and injury and that’s a scare for Barcelona as he has been so impressive this game. We’ll see if he can carry on or not.
Minute 62: Osasuna are pushing
Osasuna have responded well now, having calmed down. They’re launching several crosses into the box, although Gerard Pique is there to head away most of them. It’s just a slender lead that Barcelona are holding on to.
Minute 58: Dembele tires his luck
Ousmane Dembele cuts inside and tries his luck from distance, with it flashing just wide. Although he played a part in the second goal, he hasn’t done too much yet and that was the Frenchman’s best moment so far.
Minute 55: Osasuna are angry
Angry at how they conceded the goal, Osasuna risk losing their heads. There are some frustrated fouls going in and Manu Sanchez even punches the ball in anger. They have to be careful here.
Minute 49: GOAL!!! ABDE SCORES ON THE COUNTER!!!
Pique comes to the rescue at one end, then there is a call for a Sergio Busquets handball in his area and then there is a counter attack. It’s all happening and it ends with Abde Ezzalzouli blasting past Herrera. After a wait for VAR, the goal stands and it’s 2-1 to Barcelona.
Minute 46: No changes at half time
There are no substitutions on either side, so let’s see what this second half produces. Barcelona certainly need something more than they produced in the first 45 minutes.
Half time: Osasuna are level
Barcelona might have thought they were on course for an easy victory when Nico Gonzalez put them ahead early on, but David Garcia equalised straight away at an Osasuna freekick. It’s 1-1 at half time.
Minute 44: De Jong wants a penalty
David Garcia is very tight to Luuk de Jong as a cross comes in, catching him from behind. The Dutch forward wants a penalty, but the referee waves play on and VAR doesn’t intervene either.
Minute 42: Barcelona are lacking in the final third
It’s just not coming off for Barcelona. They’re generally control, but they’re lacking something in the final third. That makes sense, though, when you consider how many important forwards they’re without.
Minute 37: Dangerous freekick for Barcelona
Barcelona have had a few freekicks wide left and this one almost bounces all the way in, but Herrera pushes it away. Umtiti was in an offside position as it came in and the offside flag goes up for interfering.
Minute 32: Abde can’t get a shot off
Abde Ezzalzouli has possession in Osasuna‘s final third and is looking to get a shot off, but time and time again he finds a red shirt in the way. After trying too many times to find a better sight of goal, it comes to nothing.
Minute 25: Barcelona are probing
Barcelona have most of the possession, but it seems like Osasuna have 12 or 13 men as there is always someone covering. They’re keeping the visitors at arm’s length for now.
Minute 19: A terrible back pass from Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti is back in the team and he looks rusty. He just played a terrible back pass that Marc-Andre ter Stegen couldn’t get to. It goes out for a corner that actually sparks a Barcelona counter up the other end.
Minute 13: GOAL!!! OSASUNA RESPOND IMMEDIATELY!!!
Wow, Osasuna are right back in it! They win a deep freekick and the set piece defending from Barcelona is almost non-existent. David Garcia gets up tall and places his header perfectly.
Minute 11: GOAL!!! NICO SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL!!!
After 10 minutes of almost nothing happening, Barcelona have the lead and Nico Gonzalez has his first goal for the Blaugrana’s first team. He times his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and then turns it past the onrushing Sergio Herrera.
Minute 5: Osasuna’s first corner comes to nothing
Osasuna have the first good chance to launch a dangerous ball into the area, but there is a foul for Barcelona and the Blaugrana can go back on the attack. Not much has happened in the final thirds so far.
Minute 1: Kick off!
Here we go then! It’s the start of Osasuna vs Barcelona at El Sadar. Ahead of the game, the home players wear t-shirts in support of Jesus Areso after his long-term injury and there is a minute’s silence, but now the ceremonial part is over and the football begins.
15:10 GMT: The players are in the tunnel
The Osasuna and Barcelona players are in the tunnel at El Sadar, waiting to come out. There are just a few minutes left to go now until the start of this LaLiga Santander game. Follow along with us!
14:20 GMT: Osasuna’s XI
Jagoba Arrasate has once again gone with a five-man defence.
Osasuna’s starting line-up (5-4-1): Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Unai Garca, David Garca, Juan Cruz, Manu Sanchez; Kike Barja, Lucas Torro, Jon Moncayola, Ruben Garcia; Kike Garcia.
14:00 GMT: Barcelona’s XI
Xavi Hernandez has caused some surprise by naming Samuel Umtiti and Luuk de Jong in Barcelona’s XI against Osasuna.
Barcelona’s starting line-up (3-4-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti; Nico Gonzalez, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Ousmane Dembele, Luuk de Jong, Abde Ezzalzouli.
13:30 GMT: Aridane tests positive for COVID-19
Osasuna will be without Aridane Hernandez for today’s match as he has tested positive for COVID-19, so Jaume Grau has been called up to replace him in the squad.
13:00 GMT: Barcelona relaxed in Pamplona
Barcelona find themselves sitting in eighth position heading into today’s match against 11th-placed Osasuna, and Xavi has looked to instil some calm amongst his players by getting the squad to go on a walk around Pamplona this morning.
12:30 GMT: Barcelona want a repeat of last year
Osasuna have historically been a tough opponent for Barcelona, although the Catalan side won 4-0 at home and 2-0 at El Sadar last year. They’ll hope for more of the same this Sunday afternoon, with the Blaugrana in desperate need of points.
12:00 GMT: When and where can you watch Osasuna vs Barcelona?
This Osasuna vs Barcelona match kicks off at 16:15 CET, the local time in Spain. In the UK, that’s 15:15 GMT and fans there can tune in to LaLigaTV. In the USA, the start time on the east coast is 10:15 EST and it’ll be broadcast in the United States on ESPN+-