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Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid: Moreno’s late strike ensures misery for Zinedine Zidane

Gerard Moreno scored the only goal of the game as Espanyol beat Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane’s side had won their last five games but chose to rest Cristiano Ronaldo and they were made to pay for a largely poor performance.

Gareth Bale played in a forward line, but he was a quiet reflection, compared to Moreno down the other end, who poised a constant threat to Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

The home side edged the game, having the better of the chances in the second half, after a dismal opening 45 minutes.

Madrid captain Ramos opted to play as a second striker in the final moments, but even his historical goal-scoring exploits were not enough to force an opener.

With the game petering out to a 0-0 draw, Moreno took matters into his own hands, combining well with Sergio Garcia, who crossed and the striker hammered home a superb volley.

Zidane’s men now find themselves languishing 14 points behind Barcelona, who visit Las Palmas on Thursday evening to play their game in hand over the La Liga champions.

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Espanyol had failed to win in their last 22 against Madrid before Tuesday’s game, but they ended a run going back to October 2007 to send the Cornella El-Prat stadium into raptures.


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