Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign stooped to a new low after an injury-time winner by Gerard Moreno sees Espanyol beat Real Madrid for the first time in over a decade.
Espanyol had not won a single match in 22 competitive games against Real, drawing only three of those in a run that runs back to October 2007.
Although Los Blancos had also won five games in a row ahead of the match, their below-par performance saw Espanyol dominated the game and Moreno having a first-half goal ruled out for a marginal offside call.
Real captain and defender Sergio Ramos was playing as an extra striker by the end of game as Moreno controlled Sergio Garcia’s cross before volleying the ball home.
Team coach Zinedine Zidane had rested Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of next week’s visit to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last 16, which his side lead 3-1 from the first leg, and selected Gareth Bale at centre-forward in a much-changed team.
“When there’s not long left and it’s 0-0 anything can happen,” Zidane said. “We always look to go for the win and today we didn’t get it. They scored a goal in the last minute, but there’s no need for us to go over it again. We didn’t deserve to win or lose.”
“We were lacking a little bit in all departments. It’s a defeat that hurts and it’s a poor result. I feel sorry for the players.”
“At times, there’s no understanding football. We dropped further back for some spells in the second half but you’ve got to accept these tough times. At no point in the second half did we do well.”
Defending La Liga champions Real remain 14 points behind leaders FC Barcelona, who visit Las Palmas on Thursday in their game in hand.