Real Madrid vs. Girona

Real Madrid vs. Girona

Real Madrid vs. Girona

Real Madrid's recent resurgence came to a brutal end this afternoon, as Girona snatched a 2-1 victory at the Bernabéu, despite the hosts taking an early lead through Casemiro.

Real Madrid took the lead when Casemiro leapt to meet a Toni Kroos cross and headed home in the first half.

They leveled in the 65th minute with a Cristhian Stuani penalty kick, after a handball by Ramos.

Portu hit the crossbar and then scored a 74th-minute victor to severely dent Real's hopes of becoming Spanish champions this season.

The surprise loss dropped Madrid to third place and left the team nine points behind Barcelona, which on Saturday edged Valladolid 1-0 with a penalty kick converted by Lionel Messi.

He will receive a one-match ban, which will be served in the La Liga game away to Levante on February 24 and leave him free to play in the back-to-back Bernabeu Clasicos in the Copa del Rey on February 27 and La Liga on March 2.

The dismissal also completed a troublesome week for Ramos, who is the subject of a Uefa investigation after appearing to admit that he had received a yellow card in Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Ajax on objective.

All that changed in the second half, though, as Girona equalised from the spot.

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Coach Santiago Solari defended Marcelo in his post-match press conference, but rumors suggest the Argentine is now likely to make Reguilon his first choice left back for the remainder of the season.

Karim Benzema also missed a chance to net a second for the Galaticos as the scores remained 1-0 in favour of Real Madrid going into the break.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Ramos is now out on his own as the player to receive the most red cards in the history of Europe's top leagues, overtaking Frenchman Cyril Rool, who was given his marching orders 19 times during his playing days in Ligue 1. We have won the prize for a lot of work and effort from the players, and their solidarity.

Solari will also take some of the blame after he fielded a rotating line-up following the Champions League win over Ajax in midweek. But in the second half we were in the game and we believed in the three points.

Manager Eusebio Sacristan said: 'Today is a very happy day.

Maybe they were thinking they would get a second goal, but we were slowly getting back into it and getting more confident.

After a sticky spell under Solari, Madrid had looked back to their irresistible best.

"We had not won for a few games and had a tough few weeks".

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