Espanyol 1 Real Madrid 0
Real Madrid`s indifferent season continued last night when they were beaten, courtesy of a late-goal, by Espanyol.
The defeat ended a run of five straight victories for Zidane`s side whilst also giving Espanyol their first win against Real Madrid in twenty-two games with the Catalan side having lost nineteen of those games and drawn the other three.
With Cristiano Ronaldo rested, Zidane watched his side give a below-par performance against Espanyol who probably did just enough to shade the game.
The writing was perhaps on the wall for Real Madrid when Espanyol had a goal ruled out for offside in the first-half. Replays showed it was in fact a decision that could have gone either way.
With the game dead-locked at 0-0, Zidane sent Sergio Ramos forward as an extra striker late-on and watched as Real Madrid got caught by a sucker-punch when, in injury-time, Gerard Moreno controlled a cross from Sergio Garcia to smash the ball home.
The result leaves Real Madrid a staggering fourteen points behind Barcelona with that lead probably being stretched to seventeen points when Barcelona play Las Palmas on Thursday evening.