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News Article  | LaLiga

Ronaldo-Less Real Madrid Suffer Shock Defeat To Struggling Espanyol

Spanish LaLiga Report: Espanyol v Real Madrid 27 February 2018

By SL International - Feb 27, 2018 10:56 PM

Spanish LaLiga

Result: Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid

Date: 27 February 2018

Venue: RCDE Stadium

Real Madrid missed the chance to close in on second spot in LaLiga after they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to struggling Espanyol on Tuesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted rest star forward Cristiano Roanldo for the encounter, as Gareth Bale led the attack with Karim Benzema relegated to the bench.

The visitors showed their intentions early on, with Bale nearly finding the opener after seven minutes with a header from Achraf Hakimi’s ball into the box but Diego Lopez got down to make a save.

Real went close again with a header from Raphael Varane after a corner kick in the 16th minute, but it sailed across the face of goal.

The hosts came with their first chance after Gerard Moreno managed to latch onto a poor decision by Keylor Navas to fire at goal, but the Costa Rican shot-stopper got down in time to spare his blushes in the 27th minute.

Bale’s genuine penalty appeal five minutes to the break was instantly waved away by referee Jose Sanchez.

Espanyol had a full go at Los Blancos in the second half, forcing them back in their own half as they launched attacks aplenty through Moreno.

Real though always looked threatening on the attack, especially on the break and Achraf was set free on the right but shot straight at Lopez.

Moreno came close again after picking up a cross from the right that sailed over the head of Varane, but Navas was equal to the task and made the save after 55 minutes.

The Navas-Moreno show continued after 77 minutes, with the goalkeeper standing firm once again to deny the Spaniard from a header.

Two minutes later, Sergio Garcia let rip from outside the box but his attempt could only find the side netting.

For the umpteenth time, Moreno looked to break the deadlock after cutting in from the right but failed to find the far post in the 88th minute.

Moreno finally got his just deserve on the stroke of added time with a first-time volley on the turf from Garcia’s cross to seal an important win for Espanyol.


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Mtwesi Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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Mtwesi Feb 28, 2018 01:04 PM
What's going on at Madrid????
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Faysal Feb 28, 2018 10:32 AM
Done and dusted
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Faysal Feb 28, 2018 10:32 AM
Done and dusted
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khosiologists Feb 28, 2018 09:56 AM
cowdrid eaten with chopsticks
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makanele Feb 28, 2018 09:12 AM
This is football mabedliwe badliwe finish.
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DannyDee Feb 28, 2018 08:55 AM
Zidane is a mastermind, he's focusing on UEFA and he ll defend it once again. Check this out
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alizebucs1986 Feb 28, 2018 08:53 AM
CowReth Bale always cries to b better than CR7,but everytime the king is not in the Team he Flops useless cow
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Luténdœ Feb 28, 2018 08:23 AM
@Thobeka Masina I'll take it as an excuse coz real Madrids got quality players apart from Penaldo, modric and kroos
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Sindane09 Feb 28, 2018 08:19 AM
@Thobeka Masina irrespective of who was fielded the bottom line is Real Madrid was beaten by Espanyol, Finish!!!!
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Evergreenmessi Feb 28, 2018 07:46 AM
Espanyol trying so hard to be accepted by pique legitimate catalans hahahhaha
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Thobeka Masina Feb 28, 2018 06:56 AM
the talk as if the king was playing ....so was Marcel , so was kroos
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Thobeka Masina Feb 28, 2018 06:53 AM
Zidane fielded a B team but bcoz the Joe Khundla nd Bheki Letwalo was not broadcasting the match live on Lukhozi and Ligwalagwala Fm Barcacows don't know they jct talk talk...
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Master25 Feb 28, 2018 06:22 AM
@Ada_Khosii, I'm actually a Barca fan but I was just making a comment on what I think is the reason for Madrid's experiments. They know that catching Barca is almost impossible for them.
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Thagalekgwara Feb 28, 2018 06:19 AM
This team is so damn weak..kikikiki.Barca wil beat them 7-0 in el-clasicow..
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Thagalekgwara Feb 28, 2018 06:18 AM
This team is so damn weak..kikikiki.Barca wil beat them 7-0 in el-clasicow..
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TrevorvanWyk Feb 28, 2018 05:56 AM
@Ricworld The other Madrid team gonna kick your ...
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catalan10messi Feb 28, 2018 05:54 AM
Thanks Espanyol.......
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Always a way Feb 28, 2018 04:13 AM
Madrid's weak weak team ds season mmmxm
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Dion35 Feb 27, 2018 11:57 PM
thanks espanyol
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Ricworld Feb 27, 2018 11:47 PM
It’s kinda boring because my team Barca got no competition....maybe moving to the EPL is a better idea.

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