Wednesday 25 April 2018

Jose Mourinho booed at final Real Madrid game

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho gestures after today's game
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho gestures after today's game

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was booed by the majority of a sparse home crowd as he ended his three-year spell in charge with a 4-2 win over Osasuna.

Mourinho's name was met with a chorus of whistles when it was read out before the game, but he did receive support from a small group of the club's ultra fanbase who chanted his name throughout the match.

With the Portuguese's appearance on the touchline for the final time the main attraction, the match had to be stopped after barely a minute as the photographers and cameramen surrounding the technical area spilled over onto the pitch.

It looked as though Mourinho would be given a good send off with first-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Michael Essien giving Madrid a comfortable 2-0 lead.

However, Osasuna struck back with two goals in 11 minutes just after the restart through Roberto Torres and Alvaro Cejudo to level matters.

Mourinho was able to sign off with the win though as further goals from Karim Benzema and Jose Maria Callejon ensured Real Madrid ended the season unbeaten at home in the league.

Goalscorer Higuain revealed after the game that he would be leaving Real Madrid in the summer.

Higuain said: "It's not easy, but I want to go to another club, new challenges."

Barca needed a win over Malaga to match the record-breaking 100-point haul Real Madrid managed last season and Tito Vilanova's men duly delivered.

The game was as good as over inside the opening 16 minutes at the Nou Camp as Barca raced into a 3-0 lead through goals from David Villa, Cesc Fabregas and Martin Montoya.

Andres Iniesta then added a fourth early in the second half for Barca's 115th league goal of the season - breaking the previous-best mark of 114 that the Catalan giants tallied last term.

Malaga pulled a goal back through Pedro Morales but it was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors, who are assured of finishing in the Europa League spots but are waiting to see if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn the European ban imposed on them by UEFA.

On a night of farewells in La Liga, Eric Abidal appeared as a late substitute in the match to make his final appearance for Barca, while Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini was taking charge of the Andalusian side for the last time.

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