Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior could be seen prematurely celebrating Karim Benzema’s penalty during a 1-1 draw with Osasuna before it was taken, only for the the Frenchman to end up missing.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were in action on Sunday as they looked to continue their 100% start to their La Liga campaign but were held to a frustrating stalemate by the visitors.
The reigning Spanish and European champions went ahead in the 42nd minute after Vinicius’ cross from the left-hand side found the back of the net.
Five minutes into the second half, Kike Garcia scored the equaliser for Osasuna.
With 11 minutes left on the clock, Madrid were given a huge chance to get themselves back in front.
Benzema was fouled inside the area by Osasuna player David Garcia. A spot-kick was given after a VAR check and Garcia was shown a red card.
With Benzema over the ball, many Madrid fans would have felt confident as the Frenchman has been the standout performer in the last couple of seasons.
Benzema’s teammate Vinicius felt so confident that he appeared to celebrate before the striker took the penalty as he was captured with his arms up when Benzema was approaching the ball.
👀 Karim Benzema with a great chance to extend Real Madrid's winning streak...— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 2, 2022
...but he smashes his penalty off the crossbar! 😬 pic.twitter.com/h9TtNO7BrZ
However, Benzema saw his penalty rattle off the crossbar, with Vinicius reacting by putting his hands to his face in disbelief.
The rare miss by Benzema proved to be a costly one as Osasuna managed to hold on to secure an unexpected 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As a result, Madrid dropped into second place in the La Liga table.
They are level on points with their fierce rivals Barcelona but the Camp Nou club have a superior goal difference, enabling them to move above Madrid.
The first El Clasico of the season is also edging ever closer as the two teams are due to clash at the Bernabeu on October 16.
Ancelotti said after the match, per Real Madrid’s official website: “It wasn't a good game. We lacked intensity in the first half with and without the ball. The defensive line didn't press enough.
“It was better in the second half, after the equaliser, in terms of intensity. I made the changes to freshen things up.”
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