REAL MADRID rested Cristiano Ronaldo and suffered a fifth Liga defeat of the season as Espanyol’s Gerard Moreno struck an injury-time winner.
Catalan ahead Moreno wasted a variety of probabilities however his last-minute volley took a depraved deflection off defender Raphael Varane to safe Espanyol’s first victory over Actual in 11 years.
Gerard Moreno rifled in a 92nd minute winner to place Actual Madrid beneath much more stress
Actual coach Zinedine Zidane rested Ronaldo forward of subsequent weeks go to to Paris St-Germain within the Champions League final 16, which his aspect lead Three-1 from the primary leg, and chosen Gareth Bale at centre ahead in a much-changed staff.
Nevertheless, regardless of a promising begin, an insipid Madrid have been second-best all night time at Cornella.
Actual keep third on 51 factors from 26 video games, seven behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Leganes on Wednesday.
And they’re a large 14 adrift of pacesetters Barcelona who play on Thursday night time.
Actual Madrid have been downed 1-Zero away to Espanyol and fell even additional behind Barcelona
Bale, having struggled to get again into the aspect following harm, noticed a header parried by Espanyol’s former Actual keeper Diego Lopez.
He then scrambled away a deflected Marco Asensio cross, however that was pretty much as good because it obtained for the guests.
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Espanyol ought to have led just for Moreno to spurn a gilt-edged likelihood after pouncing on a wayward Varane clearance.
The forwards distress was compounded when he noticed a profitable effort incorrectly dominated out by the linesmans flag earlier than halftime.
Espanyol appeared like the higher aspect at instances and had probabilities to go forward
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After the break Espanyol defender Oscar Duarte clipped the bar earlier than Actual keeper Keylor Navas acrobatically denied Moreno.
It appeared the ahead was going to endure a torrid night time when his left-foot effort curled previous the far submit with a minute left however Moreno was to not be denied on the loss of life.
His objective securing a deserved three factors that took Espanyol as much as 13th with 31 factors after their first win in eight video games.