Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Sergio Ramos Was Furious With Real Madrid Teammate After Espanyol Defeat

Sergio Ramos Was Furious With Real Madrid Teammate After Espanyol Defeat

And while a number of games were decided at the death in Madrid's favour in La Liga last season, it has not been the same story this time and Espanyol became the third team in the Primera Division to beat Real with a late goal, after Betis and Villarreal. Atletico hosts Leganes today and Barcelona visit Las Palmas tomorrow. "We didn't manage to play at all or offer any sort of threat in the second half, although we didn't deserve to lose the game".

Real Madrid lost 1-0 away at Espanyol yesterday after resting the likes of first-team regulars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Daniel Carvajal.

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Madrid had outscored opponents 20-7 in their five-game winning streak. Its last league win came eight rounds ago, at Levante.

Instead it was Gerard who stole the show as Espanyol scored a deserved win that sees them climb to 13th in La Liga. It's not just that Real Madrid are the reigning Spanish, European and world champions, more that Espanyol's record against them is so bad that Barcelona fans accuse Espanyol of lying down against their biggest rivals.

In the 30th minute, Gerard Moreno got a chance for Espanyol to punish Zidane's men on a counter-attack, but goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a timely interception to avert the danger.

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Benzema did come on as Madrid pushed for a late victor, only to be caught on the counter when Sergio Garcia's cross allowed Moreno to score in the third minute of added time. It's a defeat that hurts and it's a poor result.

Gareth Bale, who started as a lone striker up front, had the first chance for Madrid in the ninth minute with a header from just inside the box but Diego Lopez produced a fine save to deny the Welshman.

Girona remained in the fight for a UEFA Europa League spot by defeating RC Celta de Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing their impressive debut season in the first division.

The Catalan club were coming off a 6-1 loss against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Fourth-placed Valencia could overtake Real with a win at Athletic Bilbao last night.

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