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Real Madrid 0-0 Osasuna

Real Madrid reclaimed top spot in the LaLiga table despite being held to a goalless draw by Osasuna on Wednesday evening.

Carlo Ancelotti's charges had a laboured start and got their opportunity midway through the first stanza after Marco Asensio picked out Eduardo Camavinga's late run on the far side of the box but the young French midfielder guided his shot wide.

Osasuna shot-stopper Sergio Herrera had to make two saves in quick succession on the half-hour mark to keep out Eder Militao's swerving strike and a dangerous cross by Vinicius Junior.

The hosts were pinning down Osasuna in their own half in the closing phase of the first stanza but they could not carve out clear openings.

The visitors brought the game to life five minutes into the second stanza from a quick counter-attack as Jon Moncayola struck the post after a square pass from Chimy Avila.

Los Blancos were fired up after that and Karim Benzema came close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts on the hour-Mark with a looping strike that cracked the frame of goal.

Ancelotti made a triple change in the last 20 minutes, as Eden Hazard came on for Asensio , Marcelo replaced Ferland Mendy at left wing-back and Vazquez came on for Carvajal.

Madrid were unable to find a breakthrough on the night, as the sides shared the spoils, with Madrid returning to the top of the log by a superior goal difference over three other teams, who all tied on 21 points.

Rayo Vallecano 1-0 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona's struggles in LaLiga continued after suffering a 1-0 surprise 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, with a former Manchester United flop netting the winner.

The Catalan giants were without Anssumane Fati and Frenkie de Jong due to injuries while Sergio Aguero, Philippe Coutinho, Nicolas Gonzalez and Sergi Roberto were all brought in.

Radamel Falcao went close to giving Raoy the lead in the 20th minute with a deflected strike from the edge of the box that was pushed away by the strong hand of shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The former Red Devils striker eventually broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark with a close-range finish past Ter Stegen after Sergio Busquets lost possession in his own half.

Andoni Iraola's charges did Barcelona time on the ball with a high press that gave them problems, as the visitors could not test goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski despite probing.

Blaugrana were creating better chances coming from the half-time break, as Aguero came close to snatching the equaliser on the hour-mark with a strike across goal that was saved by Dimitrievski.

Ronald Koeman's men were awarded a penalty in the last 20 minutes after Memphis Depay was brought down inside the box but the Dutchman's spot-kick was saved by Dimitrievski in the bottom corner.

The lack of depth on the bench was evident for Barca, as in the last 14 minutes they withdrew Coutinho and could only replace him with teenager Gavi for fresh legs in midfield.

Gavi should have rescued a point in stoppage time but the young midfielder blazed wide with a first-time effort in the box as Rayo held on for a famous win.

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