Real Madrid defeated Osasuna 4-2 in Jose Mourinho’s final game as coach of the record nine-time European soccer champion.
Gonazalo Higuain, Michael Essien, Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon scored for Real, will finish in second place in La Liga behind rival Barcelona.
Mourinho announced last week he would leave at the end of his third season in Spain. The Portuguese at the time called his final trophy-less campaign a failure.
Real relinquished the Spanish league title to Barcelona, lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals and fell to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
Mourinho has been linked with a move back to Chelsea, which he led to two English Premier League titles in a three-year stint through Sept. 2007. The Sun newspaper reported two days ago that he’s signed a four-year contract worth 40 million pounds ($61 million) to return to the west London club.
Mourinho guided Real to last year’s La Liga title, ending a three-year streak by Barcelona, which regained the championship this season with four games to spare.
He also led the club to three straight Champions League semifinals. Real hadn’t reached the quarterfinals of Europe’s elite club competition since the 2003-04 season before he arrived.
Higuain and Essien gave Real a 2-0 halftime lead before Osasuna’s Roberto Torres and Alvaro Cejudo tied the score after the break. Benzema put Real back on top in the 69th minute and Callejon clinched the victory with three minutes remaining.
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