In a forgettable LaLiga clash at El Sadar, Osasuna was rarely challenged by a toothless Real Madrid.
As they played a toothless 0-0 draw at lowly Osasuna, Real Madrid struggled to take full advantage of Atletico Madrid’s canceled fixture with Athletic Bilbao.
LaLiga leaders Atleti saw their game called off as the city was pounded by the snow from Storm Filomena, which also postponed Madrid’s flight for the El Sadar clash.
Madrid put on a turgid display, whether it was the travel interruption or the freezing temperatures, and failed to score a single shot on goal in 45 forgettable first-half minutes.
Despite two offside goals, there was no progress after the break and Madrid was only able to climb to within a point of Atleti, who now have three games in hand.
The dropping snow was the main talking point of a desperate opening period in which 72.3 percent of the ball was seen by Madrid without making any real effort.
Indeed, the only noteworthy action was when Thibaut Courtois parried Oier’s thumping header smartly from Ruben Garcia’s corner.
It took Madrid until the 49th minute to challenge home keeper Sergio Herrera, who batted off the bending effort of Marco Asensio with relative ease.
After Herrera beautifully kept out his initial point-blank header, Karim Benzema bundled in, only for the offside flag to quickly curb the celebrations.
In the final quarter, there was a case of deja vu as Mariano Diaz wriggled home from Benzema’s take down, but when the eventual pass was played, both men were offside as a bad game petered out into a draw.